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Blackboard’s Exemplary Course Design in the Ultra Experience

Blackboard’s Exemplary Course Design in the Ultra Experience – Tuesday 14th May 10:00 – 12:00

The aim of this workshop is to introduce participants to Blackboard’s Exemplary Course Program (ECP), a research-based quality rubric and peer evaluation program used for designing and recognizing quality courses for online delivery.  The Exemplary Course Program recognizes instructors and course designers whose courses demonstrate best practices in four major areas: Course Design, Interaction & Collaboration, Assessment, and Learner Support. Submitted courses are evaluated by a peer group of Blackboard clients using the Exemplary Course Program Rubric.

During this engaging workshop, participants will receive an overview of each section of the Exemplary Course rubric, including examples of how these standards can be applied in designing courses in Blackboard Learn in the Ultra Experience.  Participants are asked to bring with them one of their own courses to review and share with other participants as we review each area of the rubric. Participants will reflect on the benefits of quality design and shall take away different unique ideas on how to best reach their students whilst teaching via distance.

Learning Outcomes:  

At the end of the workshop, participants will:  

  1. Have a basic understanding of the Blackboard Exemplary Course Rubric
  2. Identify the benefits of designing online content whilst applying quality course rubric standards
  3. Review their own course content in comparison with the ECP rubric
  4. Receive valuable advice and tips from previous ECP winners
  5. Know where to receive ECP materials and to be a part of the ECP community
  6. Receive information on how to submit a course for ECP review

Who is this session targeted at?

Academics, instructional technologists, course developers, teaching assistants, learning technologists, administrators, and Directors of Teaching and Learning.


Basic computer skills: use of Blackboard Learn to upload files/download and run files. 

Participants must bring their own device, ideally a portable computer to fully participate in this workshop, and have access to a course of their own.


Starting at 10am on Tuesday 13th May, this is a two-hour workshop. We would encourage participants to arrive 30 minutes before for registration and networking.  


Blackboard’s Senior Client Manager, Global Strategic Accounts, and Client Support Managers.

Mapping to the UKPSF:

This workshop broadly aligns to A1, A2, A4, K3, K4, V1, and V2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework. In particular, to V2 ‘Promote participation in higher education and equality of opportunity for learners” and Core Knowledge 4, “The use and value of appropriate learning technologies”. 

Facilitators’ Bio:

Lisa Clark’s diverse and extensive professional career spans over 19 years within higher education.  She served as a faculty member and program director of Visual Communication Technology at Bowling Green State University (Ohio) for over a decade and also as a course developer and media producer for Laureate Education where she worked with both national and international universities to develop robust online curriculum.  Just prior to moving to Blackboard, she served as the Senior Director of Instructional Technology at the Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland.  She also sat on the Board of Directors of Maryland Online, the parent organization to Quality Matters.

In her role as a Senior Client Manager, Global Strategic Accounts, for Blackboard, Lisa supports higher education faculty and administration internationally to promote the successful adoption of educational technology and implementation of distance education initiatives utilizing the Blackboard suite of tools for online learning. She actively works with institutions in South America, Central America, Europe and North America to facilitate the use of the Blackboard LMS, promote adoption of the LMS and lead faculty engagement sessions on various topics related to Blackboard Learn, student success, online course development and innovative pedagogical strategies.  In addition, she has been actively involved in the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program where she currently serves as a peer reviewer.

Lisa is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD), pursuing her PhD in Educational Technology where her dissertation research is focusing on the quality of online course content and faculty preparedness for online instruction.  Lisa’s interest and areas of expertise include: student success in online learning, faculty adoption of distance education initiatives, utilizing media to encourage student engagement in the online classroom, student preparedness for online learning and competency-based education.

Hervé Didiot-Cook is a Client Success Advocate for Blackboard. Prior to joining Blackboard Hervé held various roles and responsibilities in the UK and in France: lecturer, head of department, external examiner, community of practice leader and most recently project and partnerships manager for universities including the London School of Economics (LSE), Sciences Po Paris, St Mary’s, St George’s and Brunel University London.    

As a head of department at the LSE until 2010, Hervé initiated and successfully implemented a broad program bringing pedagogical and technological innovation at the heart of the student learning experience. Working collaboratively across services and other departments he enabled faculty as well as students to create and develop a wide range of online resources and activities maximizing the potential of the institution’s LMS as well as using other software or platforms when needed. Hervé also ensured that this development was aligned with the institution’s educational goals and mission.

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