Butte College philosophy instructor Dan Barnett has earned recognition for his award-winning Philosophy 18 (Eastern Religions) online course by Blackboard Inc. and is set to receive a 2012 "Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Program," by the company during its annual user conference in July.
Barnett, who is also the school's faculty coordinator of distance learning, was recognized for his innovative course design and development. Since 2000, the annual Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Award highlights technologically rich, engaging, and well-designed courses that showcase best practices. Over 151 entries were evaluated by more than 250 faculty and instructional designers. Submissions were judged on the following components: course design, interaction, collaboration, assessment and learner support.
"We applaud the Blackboard Catalyst Award winners and their accomplishments," said Ray Henderson, Chief Technology Officer and President of Academic Platforms for Blackboard. "Their work represents some of the most innovative thinking in education today, and offers great models for how technology can help shape an improved education experience. We congratulate the award winners for their leadership, creativity and passion that is clearly evident in their work."
Barnett said his course is designed to help students reflect on the concepts they are learning. The college has used Blackboard to extend teaching and online learning opportunities at the college.
"I try to provide an open and inviting online environment where students can interact with each other and engage with their instructor. I'm very grateful to be recognized for this award," said Barnett.