2012 Blackboard Catalyst Awards

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The time is nearing for the 2012 Blackboard Catalyst Awards submission period and Blackboard has announced an update on the Blackboard Catalyst Awards, including the Exemplary Course Program. Several aspects of the program have changed for this year’s award season in hopes of making the program more streamlined and easier to participate. Each year, Blackboard seeks to recognize and promote industry best practices and invites submissions for programs or courses that are believed to be truly exemplary.

Blackboard Catalyst Award LogoWith the Blackboard Catalyst Awards, Blackboard honors those who push the boundaries of their educational programs and technology in order to deliver innovative and effective learning experiences. This year, Blackboard will recognize innovators in the following categories: Community Collaboration, Exemplary Courses, Innovative Development, Mobile Innovation, Staff Development and a new category – Communications Strategy. Check out the full award categories at blackboard.com/catalyst.

Submitting your program or course to the Catalyst Awards has many benefits, including:

  • Develop a fresh perspective by seeing how other institutions are implementing industry best practices
  • Learn course design best practices to improve the engagement, collaboration, assessment and learner support within your own courses or courses you help develop
  • Gain peer, institution, and industry recognition for your accomplishments and participation in the program

The Blackboard Catalyst Awards team has developed a more streamlined timeline for all of the Catalyst Awards. To give you an idea of the new timeline, we have highlighted some important dates below:

  • December 1: Program is Open for Submissions
  • December 1: Call for Reviewers, ECP only
  • February 29: Submission Deadline
  • March 15 – April 7: Peer Review Period
  • Early May: Winners selected for all categories

To stay up-to-date on all things related to the Catalyst Awards, ‘Like’ the Blackboard Catalyst Awards Facebook page!

Please take a look at the ‘Blackboard Catalyst Awards Study Guide’ that has been created to help prepare for a Catalyst Award submission.

If you have any questions, please send an email to community@blackboard.com

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center Receives 2011 SLATE Star Award

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The NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center has received the 2011 SLATE Star Award in recognition of outstanding contributions and dedicated service to SLATE – Supporting Learning And Technology in Education. Center staff were recognized and presented with the award at the 2011 SLATE Conference at the University of Chicago.
Stephanie Richter, Caroline Conlon, Ken Sakowski presenting award, Jason Rhode, Olga Urban
SLATE – Supporting Learning And Technology in Education, the Midwest Blackboard Users Group, was created from the concept that all institutions that are deploying and/or currently using Web-based components to enhance their teaching and learning activities, have the same questions, the same challenges, and the need for the same solutions. By drawing together the expertise of the people involved in the entire academic experience and those designing, supporting, and using these applications; faculty, support staff, systems administrators, instructional designers, librarians, and students – a broader and more accessible and dynamic support system could be established. The current membership of SLATE encompasses over 80 institutions including K-12, Higher Education, and the Corporate sector.

The SLATE mission is: To support learning and technology in education through communication, collaboration, and innovation while developing a community of practice.

The SLATE Star Award was established in 2004 as a way to recognize an individual who has shown leadership, demonstrated initiatives, presented new ideas, improved procedures, established effective relationships or provided substantial resources that have effected the success and promotion of SLATE, the educational experience, and/or the general Blackboard Community of Practice. For more information about SLATE, visit slategroup.uchicago.edu

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