U of I Online Educator Wins Exemplary Course Award


Congratulations go out to Dr. Eva Strand and her online course REM 507Landscape and Habitat Dynamics, which was recently honored with an Exemplary Course Award through Blackboard’s Catalyst program.

Dr. Strand is an Assistant Professor in the College of Natural Resources. Her online course features standout design, interaction, and communication practices that support student learning and exemplify excellence in distance education.

We proudly support Eva’s success and hard work in contributing to the University of Idaho’s online Fire Ecology & Management master’s degree program.

Here are a few of the techniques that Eva used in developing this outstanding online course:

“Each lesson contains navigation instructions. Many step-by-step tutorials are provided for learners who are not experienced with ArcGIS 10, and learners are led to them early in the course.”

“The transparent peer-review of proposals is an excellent method for forming a learning community as students become interested and invested in each other’s work. Project Proposals submitted online are graded within the discussion forum. I know for certain that the students enjoy reading each other’s proposals and feedback before they start working on their own independent projects.”

“Each assessment is delivered in the form of a professional report structured in a journal article format including an abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, tables, figures, maps, and literature references.”

Learn more about Eva’s Exemplary Course Award, including visual images and examples from her BbLearn course.