Introduction to ECP
What does it take to create an engaging, effective course? The Exemplary Course Program, with its peer and expert review processes, can provide valuable insights.
The Blackboard Exemplary Course Program, also known as ECP, is designed to recognize course creators whose courses demonstrate best practices for online teaching in four major areas. The following video by Dr. Kimberly Livengood in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction gives an overview of the ECP:
The rubric addresses four main areas including Course Design, Interaction and Collaboration, Assessment, and Learner Support.
Course design considers the overall structure of the course, learning objectives, organization of the content, and instructional strategies.
Interaction and collaboration focuses on the communication that can occur between and among students and instructors.
Assessment examines the activities designed to measure students’ progress toward mastering the objectives and provide feedback.
Learner Support addresses available student services such as technical accessibility issue and accommodations for disabilities.
The review process includes three mains steps:
- Use rubric for a self review of your own course
- Share your course and the rubric to have an outside person to review the course based on the rubric
- Submit the course to the ECP for an official review to consider the course for the Exemplary Course Award
Blackboard provides several resources on their website:
- Reviewer information
- Past winners
- Course Tools
- Hints & Tips
The Texas Blackboard Users Group, also known as TBUG, will be hosting their annual conference this October. On October 16th, they will be provide a Blackboard ECP Workshop.
The ECP workshop will be hands-on experience and is recommended for instructional designers or higher education faculty.
To learn more about the conference and this workshop, please visit the TBUG website.
To learn more about the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program, visit the Exemplary Course Program website.
Please feel free to view and download the full Blackboard ECP Rubric.