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Two from MU receive awards

Aug. 12, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Two Marshall University employees have been named winners of a Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Program.

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, received 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 were honored alongside 37 other Exemplary Course Program winners during the BbWorld, Blackboard's annual user conference, which took place July 10-12 in New Orleans.

Blackboard works in enterprise technology and innovation solutions with the aim of improving 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, facilitate campus commerce and security and communicate more effectively with their communities.

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.