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Winners of a Blackboard Learn Exemplary Course Award and further recognized with Directors' Choice

Mary and Kathi pictured with award

Last year Mary Purvis, Faculty Support Specialist, and Kathi Baldwin, Instructional Designer, created a course for all UAS Faculty called ED 593: Designing and Teaching an Online Course. They wanted the course to not only teach faculty about the things they need to know, but to also model the best practices that they know make a difference to student success. Among the creative approaches it uses are Alaskan fish, which serve as metaphors for important parts of a successful online course that maximize student learning and enjoyment.

The course was entered in the 2013 Blackboard Catalyst Awards program, which honors members of the community who design and develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning. Mary and Kathi were recently named winners of a Blackboard Learn Exemplary Course Award, and were further recognized with a Directors’ Choice for Courses with Distinction, one of 11 courses nationwide.

Part of the annual Blackboard Catalyst Awards program since 2000, the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Award highlights technologically rich, engaging, well designed, and pedagogically sound courses that showcase best practices for the user community. Over 160 entries were evaluated in a rigorous peer-review process by more than 300 faculty and instructional designers. Submissions were judged on the following components: course design, interaction, collaboration, assessment and learner support.

“Catalyst Award winners represent some of today’s finest examples of leveraging technology to improve the education experience,” said Ray Henderson, Chief Technology Officer and President of Academic Platforms at Blackboard. “Each winner has established best-in-field approaches in critical areas including online learning, course development, school communication and mobile education. We congratulate the winners on their vision and their excellent work, and we celebrate this accomplishment with them.”

Mary and Kathi, were honored alongside other Blackboard Catalyst Award winners during BbWorld®, Blackboard’s annual user conference held in July in Las Vegas, Nevada. For a complete list of Blackboard Catalyst Award winners please visit:

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Ed 593, Designing and Teaching an Online Course, is being offered this fall. Because the course targets faculty who are typically very busy at the start and end of the semester, the course does not begin until September 23rd and does not end until January 10th.  There are no required synchronous sessions, although Mary and Kathi will have optional Elluminate sessions that are recorded. The course costs $90. To register, call the Sitka Campus and register (Ed 593-TD1, CRN: 80092)


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