Cheryl Kautz, affiliate instructor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at GVSU, recently received the 2016 Blackboard Exemplary Course Award for her Internet Media and Programming class.

Award Recognizes Outstanding Development of Community Best Practices Through Innovative Course Design

Grand Valley State University’s Cheryl Kautz earned the distinction from education technology company Blackboard Inc. The Exemplary Course Program recognizes faculty and course designers from schools, colleges and universities around the world who develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning.

The Blackboard Exemplary Course Award highlights technologically rich, engaging, well designed, and pedagogically sound courses that showcase best practices for the user community. Submissions were judged by peers and by experts on the following components:

  • course design;
  • interaction and collaboration;
  • assessment; and
  • learner support

The Blackboard Exemplary Course Program 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.


“I’m proud to recognize educators who are constantly finding new, innovative ways to inspire their students to learn,” said Bill Ballhaus, Chairman, CEO and President of Blackboard. “We congratulate the winners of the Exemplary Course Award, and we look forward to continuing to partner with these and other talented educators to bring their unique visions to life.”

Cheryl Kautz, affiliate instructor in the School of Computing and Information Systems will be honored alongside other Blackboard Exemplary Course designees on the website as well as in the Blackboard Community.

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This article was contributed by Eric Kunnen, Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies at Grand Valley State University.