Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Instructor Wins Blackboard Catalyst Award


SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Karen Lynden was named a winner of a Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Program, which honors members of the community who design and develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning.

 Part of the annual Blackboard Catalyst Awards program since 2000, the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Award highlights technologically rich, engaging, well designed, and pedagogically sound courses that showcase best practices for the user community. Over 100 entries were evaluated in a rigorous peer-review process by more than 200 faculty and instructional designers. Submissions were judged on the following components: course design, interaction, collaboration, assessment and learner support.

 The Blackboard Catalyst Awards program annually recognizes and honors innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice, where teachers and learners work every day to redefine what is possible when leveraging technology.


“Having my course selected as an Exemplary Course is a true honor. Having my work evaluated by colleagues from around the world and the Exemplary Course Program director team has been an outstanding experience,” said Karen Lynden, business administration instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus.
 “The feedback helps me continuously develop my online teaching strategies.” 

 “The Blackboard Catalyst Award winners truly represent the best in innovative thinking and best practices in education,” said Ray Henderson, president of Blackboard Learn. “Their work sets a great example for the millions of educators and students using our teaching and learning solutions every day as part of the global community of practice. We’re pleased to recognize their contributions and celebrate their accomplishments.”

 Lynden was honored alongside 26 other Exemplary Course Program winners during BbWorld®, Blackboard’s annual user conference in July in Las Vegas, Nev.

“The design of the selected course was built on the foundation of a prototype instructional design template that was in process for our college’s Internet and Hybrid offerings,” said Lynden. “Receiving this recognition validates that our overall institution’s online course templates have a solid foundation!”

 Blackboard is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improves the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online.

 “Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is committed to excellence for our teachers and our students,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of the college. “We are extremely proud of Karen and her fabulous work as an instructor.”

 For a complete list of Blackboard Catalyst Award winners please visit: http://blackboard.com/catalyst.

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