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Gateway eLearning Team honored with Blackboard Exemplary Course Award

Gateway Community & Technical College is proud to announce that part-time instructor Marcia Robinson and the eLearning Team of instructional designer Karen Hamilton-LaRosa and former employee, Justin Bertsch, were recognized by their peers with the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP) Award. The ECP recognizes faculty and course designers from schools, colleges, and universities around the world who develop engaging and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning.

The eLearning Team and Robinson were selected as winners for their work on the course MUS 222, the History and Sociology of Rock Music. The course demonstrated excellence in four areas:

  • Course Design: the elements of instructional design, such as its structure, learning objectives, and instructional strategies.
  • Interaction and Collaboration: the level of engagement offered by the course and the level of student interaction and collaboration 
  • Assessment: the evaluation of student work toward the achievement of learning outcomes and the quality and type of student assessments 
  • Learner Support: the resources made available to students, which may be accessible within or external to the course environment.

All of Gateway’s online courses are developed using the same quality guidelines. 

For nearly two-decades, the ECP has honored instructors and course designers whose courses demonstrate best practices. Since its founding, thousands of instructors, teachers, and designers have used the ECP to evaluate and improve their courses with recognized best practices. To be considered for the honor, applicants must be a user of the Blackboard Learn learning management system. Submitted courses are evaluated by other course developers, instructional designers, teachers, and professors using the ECP Rubric.

“I am pleased to welcome Gateway’s eLearning Team and Marcia to the ECP family,” said Lee Blakemore, Chief Client Officer and President Global Markets at Blackboard. “Now more than ever, educators are challenged with creating engaging and effective courses. This 2020 cohort is among the best of the best for engaging and maximizing learning outcomes for students.”

Gateway’s honorees are being recognized alongside other outstanding recipients on the Blackboard website as well as in the Blackboard Community, a platform where the largest organized network of Blackboard users connect, collaborate and learn from their peers.

To learn more about the Exemplary Course Program, visit

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