Beyond the Baseline: How soon is now?

ECP cohort

Over the past few weeks I’ve shared our Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP) experience with you all, both internally and externally. I hope I’ve inspired many of you to start thinking about how you can build an exemplary course within Learning Edge (Blackboard Learn 9.1) and what it can do for your students.

The goal of submitting and winning an ECP in 2014 for Edge Hill University would not only be a massive ‘pat on the back’ for the institution but to also showcase your hard work and excellent use of e-learning. In the long term, I would imagine that tutors will over time naturally adopt the ECP rubric into their practice from the beginning to encourage evaluation and to lead into a cycle of innovations and improvements that will continuously enhance the student experience through Learning Edge.

So with this in mind, let me introduce you to the ‘Exemplary Course Cohort’ sessions. Starting this month (22nd July) Blackboard will be hosting and delivering this free online course over a 4 week series of virtual meetings via Blackboard Collaborate (web conferencing platform).  Using their ECP rubric the sessions are delivered by Blackboard ECP directors and previous winners who will expand upon each element of the rubric;

  • Course Design
  • Interaction and Collaboration
  • Assessment
  • Learner Support

Each session will provide you with some fantastic theoretical concepts and will also ensure you are getting the best out of the available tools to help recognise, organise and build your module areas against the ECP standards.  Best of all, this course is totally free and starts on Monday 22nd July and finishes on 12th August 2013. Each of the 4 live sessions will run on every Monday @ 2pm (GMT) for approximately 1 hour.

You can register for the course today by clicking on the following link:

http://learn.blackboard.com/ecpcohort

This a great opportunity for you all to increase your e-learning knowledge and to enhance the student experience, which will greatly improve their opportunities for success. Who knows, you could even be submitting your course in 2014 for an ECP award?

Feel free to get in touch with me at [email protected] if you have any questions or would simply like to know more.

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Mark Wilcock
Learning Technology Development Officer

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