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Peer Review

Designing an Exemplary Course



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jan 17, 2013 by Teacher Education
Overview: Designing the Exemplary Course is an excellent resource for teachers who use Blackboard Course Management System. It is sponsored by Blackboard and contains tutorials, blogs and discussion boards.
Type of Material: Web site with resources for teachers and students who use Blackboard.
Recommended Uses: The tutorial is a good way for new teachers to get started building an online course. The Blogs and Discussion Boards may be of interest to those already teaching a course using Blackboard.
Technical Requirements: Does not support AOL browser. Specific to Blackboard, but the CS Training, "Getting Started" material may be of interest to other online teachers. You must create an account to use the material.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The CS Training Getting Started is a tutorial on building exemplary courses. Blackboard says it was constructed with input from their recognized "Exemplary Teachers." The goal of the site is to "empower users to design courses that reflect best practices for designing, engaging, assessing and supporting learners in blended and online learning environments.
Target Student Population: This is for faculty who teach online courses.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Must register and give personal information to access the site. Some knowledge of Blackboard is useful.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Good step-by-step tutorial for teachers new to online courses. If they work through it they will succeed in building an online course.
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The CS Training Getting Started is a tutorial with information and then allows the teachers to practice. At the end they should have the bones of an online course.
Concerns: None

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: If teachers and students have a log in account the tutorial on class construction, and the blogs and discussion boards are easy to access.
Concerns: Must sign in to establish an account and be affiliated with a school.