Skip to main content

Exemplar Module Design (EMD) Rubric

EMD Rubric

The EMD recognises academics whose modules who demonstrate best practices in four major areas: Course Design, Interaction & Collaboration, Assessment and Learner Support.  The modules are evaluated through the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) using the EMD rubric.

The EMD builds upon the Brightspace Baseline Standards, which were developed to assist academics to meaningfully build technology into their learning, teaching and assessment strategies.  The baseline that is expected for all modules falls in the ‘Accomplished’ category of the EMD, the ‘Exemplary’ category is where instructional design, Brightspace and associated technologies are used in a creative, but effective way, above and beyond that of the accomplished baseline.

The rubric is annually monitored against best practice with our Associate Dean, Quality team and across the sector via the Heads of eLearning Forum (HeLF) and updated when required.  Course teams can make use of a digital learning design uplift service for existing module content or a full Module/Course (Re)Design process through facilitated CELT workshops.


Baseline standard rubric


EMD is a derivative of Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Rubric, which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at blackboard.com/ecp.  Blackboard encourages sharing, reuse, and remix of these materials, in whole or in part, with attribution, for non-commercial purposes.