SRSU’s Sousa Recognized for Work With Online Special Education Course

Sul Ross State University announced on Thursday that Dr. Lisa Sousa, Assistant Professor and Program Specialist for Sul Ross State University’s Educational Diagnostics Graduate Program, has been recognized for her work within the framework of the course “Practicum in Special Education”.

Sousa has been recognized by her peers with the Exemplary Course Program Award. The ECP Award, presented by Anthology, recognizes teachers and course designers from schools, colleges and universities around the world who develop engaging and innovative courses that represent the best in technology and learning.

The course demonstrated excellence in four areas:

>> Course design: the elements of instructional design, such as its structure, learning
educational goals and strategies.

>> Interaction and collaboration: the level of engagement offered by the course and
the level of student interaction and collaboration

>> Evaluation: evaluation of student work with a view to achieving learning
the results and the quality and type of student assessments

>> Support for learners: the resources made available to students, which can be accessed
inside or outside the course environment.

“Dr. Sousa has been a star in the education department since joining Sul Ross in 2019. She has single-handedly kept the department’s Masters in Diagnostics program at the forefront of online learning,” said the Dr Barbara Tucker, Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies, said in the press release, “I am proud to have her among our esteemed faculty and congratulate her on this outstanding award which demonstrates her excellence in course design in line.”

For nearly two decades, the Exemplary Courses program has rewarded instructors and course designers who demonstrate best practices. Exemplary Courses Curriculum pricing was expanded when Blackboard partnered with Anthology in 2021. Since its inception, thousands of instructors, teachers, and designers have used the Exemplary Courses Curriculum to evaluate and improve their courses. with recognized best practices.

To be considered for the honor, applicants must be users of the Blackboard Learn by Anthology learning management system. Submitted courses are reviewed by other course designers, instructional designers, teachers, and professors using the Exemplary Course Program rubric.

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