The Walker Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has been recognized by Blackboard, an international organization focused on online teaching and learning.

In its 2020 Catalyst Awards, Blackboard chose the center as one of the best in the world for Inclusive Education.

“This award honors those institutions whose methods have ensured their pedagogy, content, technology, and educational services are fully inclusive and supportive of all learners with disabilities,” according to the Blackboard website.

Dawn Ford, director of the Walker Center, said the award confirms the hard work of the Walker staff and the center’s dedication to the UTC Strategic Plan.

“This international award is a testament to the hard work of Walker Center staff over the past several years to support faculty in designing courses that are accessible to all learners,” she said. “Walker Center’s faculty pedagogy support, along with the implementation of Blackboard Ally, Quality Matters, and Canvas has helped UTC make progress on Goal 4 of the Strategic Plan to ‘Embrace diversity and inclusion as a path to excellence and societal change.’”

Forty-three winners were also announced in such categories in the Catalyst Awards include Teaching and Learning,  Leading Change, Community Engagement and Student Success.

Winners will be recognized during BbWorld, Blackboard’s annual global conference, which will be held virtually July 21-22.


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