ECP Course Design
Course Design is the first category of the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Rubric. Dr. Kimberly Livengood with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for Angelo State University highlights Course Design in the video below.
Course Design Criteria
Course Design addresses elements of instructional design. For the purpose of this program, course design includes such elements as structure of the course, learning objectives, organization of content, and instructional strategies.
The criteria are as followed, and your course is graded for each as Exemplary, Accomplished, Promising, or Incomplete:
- Goals and objectives
- Content Presentation
- Learner Engagement
- Technology Use
Below is summarized information form the Learner Support category of the ECP Rubric. View these and the full descriptions of the Exemplary score from the full rubric to make your course a success:
Goals and Objectives
- Outline your goals and objectives in easy access locations in your course, such as within the syllabus and in each individual learning unit.
- Make sure students know what they are expected to be able to do- goals and objectives should be clearly written and reflect your outcomes
- Make one module per week
- Use a Table of Contents in your modules
- Use learning modules to display your content in segments and a variety of mechanisms- content modules, single pages, links, etc.
- Use visual and auditory elements like an animated video, reading lists, and posters
- Make a course resource tab
- Higher order thinking is expected of learners and explained with examples
- Use a variety of tools for a variety of resources
- Provide links to needed resources where they will be used in the course, integrating publisher resources, and streamlined access to supplementary materials
- Use technology in ways to transcend traditional teacher-centered instruction
Dr. Kimberley Livengood has excellent examples of what to do in your course to reflect the Course Design aspect of the ECP rubric:
Goals and Objectives
- Lists objectives in rubrics
- Outlines the course’s goals and objectives in modules and in assignments
- Modules for each week, divided into learning modules; the content is chunked by page, one page per content, and a table of contents is provided
- The Welcome tab includes a menu description of each tab. Students watch a video about how each module is organized
- Links to go back to previous module and on to next
- Uses YouTube videos, podcasts, posters, and digital reading lists
- Feedback Reflections tab
- Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs chart is available
- Test feature is used to prove they have read the Plagiarism Module (electronic signature)
- Class Cafe: an open discussion board to allow students to ask questions about assignments. This also benefits the entire class
- Journals: students are asked to reflect about their feedback. Provides a two way conversation between instructor and students
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.