News Release

Laurie E. Bick-Jensen
Director, Public Relations
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Wilmington University Online Course Receives "Exemplary" Distinction

An online course at Wilmington University has been selected as an “exemplary” course by a committee of peer reviewers from Blackboard, an online learning application.

The course, Integrated Methods for Teaching Elementary Reading and Writing (MEE 7633), was designed and is being taught by Sandy Bennett. Bennett is an adjunct faculty in the College of Education and a team member in the University’s Online Learning department.

“This award highlights the academic rigor and quality of our course offerings at Wilmington University,” said Dr. Sallie Reissman, Senior Director of Online Learning.

A collaborative group of faculty and online staff began the award qualification process eight months ago. The group members are: Lisa Drews, Nancy McDonald, Ken Morlino, Lucia Nemeth, Michelle Brewer, Deb Berke, Sherry Scanlon, Matt Davis, Stephen Buchanan, Meghan Erickson, Kelly Winchell, Josh Simpson, Bennett, and Dr. Reissman. Three online courses from Wilmington University were submitted for review in December. 

The Blackboard Exemplary Course program began in the year 2000 with the goal of identifying and disseminating best practices for designing engaging online courses. Courses that are submitted to the program are evaluated using a rubric by a peer group of Blackboard clients. A Reviewer Council then reviews any course that received at least one exemplary rating. From there, courses that receive two or more exemplary ratings is reviewed by Blackboard’s team of Exemplary Course Directors to determine who receives an Exemplary Course Award.

To learn more about this program, please visit


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Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 - New Castle, DE