Two Marshall University staff members have been named winners of a Blackboard Catalyst Award in the category of Exemplary Course Program.
Dr. Lori Ellison, assistant professor of counseling in the Graduate School of
Education and Professional Development and Paula Kaplan, instructional designer
in Instructional Technology/Online Learning and Libraries, will receive the
award, which honors members of the community who design and develop innovative
courses that represent the best in technology and learning.
Ellison and Kaplan are being honored along with 37 other Exemplary Course Program winners during BbWorld, Blackboard’s annual user conference, which is taking place this week in New Orleans.
Blackboard is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovation solutions that strives to improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education and K-12 , professional, corporate and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online.
Part of the annual Blackboard Catalyst Awards program since 2000, the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program award highlights technologically rich, well-designed and instructionally sound courses that showcase best practices for those who use them. More than 151 entries were evaluated in a rigorous peer-review process by more than 250 faculty and instructional designers. Submissions were judged on course design, interaction, collaboration, assessment and learner support.
“Designing and teaching an online course titled 'Death and Grief Counseling' presents unique challenges,” said Kaplan, “but Lori and I were able to translate her personal, engaging style of teaching into a highly interactive and effective online course, in part by incorporating some of the new collaboration tools available in Blackboard Learn 9.1, such as wikis. Working with Lori was a great pleasure, and I am truly honored to be recognized with her for this award.”
Ellison added, “I’m so proud and happy the work Paula and I did has been recognized in this way. I have learned a lot about effective online teaching in my time here at Marshall and I’m grateful for the endorsement of our work. I am most grateful to Paula for her help and my students who made this course a truly special learning experience for all.”
“We applaud the Blackboard Catalyst Award winners and their accomplishments,” said Ray Henderson, Chief Technology Officer and President of Academics for Blackboard. “Their work represents some of the most innovative thinking in education today, and offers great models for how technology can help shape an improved education experience. We congratulate the award winners for their leadership, creativity and passion that is clearly evident in their work.”
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