ACTC instructor honored with Exemplary Course Award | ACTC

ACTC instructor honored with Exemplary Course Award

July 14, 2022

ASHLAND, Ky. – Ashland Community and Technical College is proud to announce that Melissa Green was recognized by her peers by earning Anthology’s Exemplary Course Program (ECP) Award. The ECP Award 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.

Green, who serves as the nursing department simulation coordinator as well as the Health Science Technology program coordinator was selected a winner for her course AHS 115-Medical Terminology. 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.

“Melissa has proven herself as an innovative, caring, and diligent instructor many times over throughout her career at ACTC,” says Dr. Sara Brown, Director of Online Learning. “It is wonderful that she also has the national recognition from winning a Blackboard Exemplary Course Award as well. She has worked extremely hard to create a quality, award winning course and is deserving of this award to mark her dedication to her craft, the institution, and her students.” 

For nearly two-decades, the Exemplary Course Program has honored instructors and course designers whose courses demonstrate best practices. The Exemplary Course Program Awards were expanded when Blackboard combined with Anthology in 2021. Since its founding, thousands of instructors, teachers, and designers have used the Exemplary Course Program 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 by Anthology learning management system. Submitted courses are evaluated by other course developers, instructional designers, teachers, and professors using the Exemplary Course Program Rubric.

“ACTC is excited, yet not surprised, that Melissa’s course achieved exemplary status from Blackboard.  Melissa is not only an excellent nurse and nurse educator but excels with the use of all types of technology used to teach students nursing and medical terminology.  She works incredibly hard to ensure her students are provided with the best education possible, online and in-person,” says Terri Ratliff, ACTC’s Associate Dean of Health Sciences. 

Green is being recognized alongside other outstanding recipients on the Anthology website as well as in the Anthology+Blackboard Community, a platform where the largest organized network of users connect, collaborate and learn from their peers.

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“These educators represent some of the very best when it comes to developing courses that engage learners,” said Jim Brigadier, President Global Markets at Anthology. “At Anthology, we’re proud to announce the 2022 cohort of Exemplary Course Program Award winners and thank them for their commitment toward engaging and maximizing learning outcomes for students.”