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ASU Wins International ‘Catalyst Award’ for Education Technology

July 29, 2019

Angelo State University has been selected for a 2019 Catalyst Award from Blackboard Inc., a global education technology company, and was recognized at Blackboard’s “BbWorld” international conference held July 23-25 in Austin.

Rebecca Schkade and Brian Jackson (center) of the ASU E-Learning Team with their Catalyst Award -...Rebecca Schkade and Brian Jackson (center) of the ASU E-Learning Team with their Catalyst Award - flanked by Lee Blakemore, Blackboard Chief Client Officer (left), and Bill Ballhaus, Blackboard CEO (right)

ASU uses the Blackboard online platform as its course delivery system. Students can view information about their courses, including the syllabus, instructor contact information and assignments. Faculty use Blackboard to deliver course materials, including notes, assignments, test reviews, important announcements and grades. Additionally, all ASU online courses are delivered through Blackboard.

ASU won its 2019 Catalyst Award in the “Training and Professional Development” category for implementing a specialized grade submission process tool through Blackboard that allows faculty to submit grades directly into the ASU student information system. This tool saves time and minimizes human error in transferring grades from one system to another. Only 31 Catalyst Award winners were selected for 2019, including colleges and universities in the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, England, Mexico, Peru, Scotland, Spain and United Arab Emirates.

“We’re thrilled to honor this year’s Blackboard Catalyst Award winners for their commitment to improving the educational experience for all learners through educational technology and sharing these insights with the broader community,” said Lee Blakemore, Blackboard chief client officer and president of global markets. “Clients like these inspire us to accelerate innovation that drives student success, and we’re proud to be a part of their story.”

Catalyst Awards recognize and honor innovation and excellence by institutions, educators and technology support teams who use Blackboard products to leverage technology to improve students’ learning experience. Winners are chosen annually in seven categories:

  • Leading Change
  • Community Engagement
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Inclusive Education
  • Optimizing Student Experience
  • Student Success
  • Training and Professional Development

More details on the Blackboard Catalyst Awards and this year’s winners are available at

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