HBCU Summit - Challenges in Adopting OER at HBCUs Demonstrations Opportunities: Hands-on Exploration Of OER MERLOT's Resources And Services

Concurrent Session 4
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The HBCU-Innovate panel will discuss the same five challenges Navin Pathak addressed in his 2015 blog, "Barriers to Adopting OER By Colleges in Developing Nations", as these challenges are very much the same facing HBCU's.


Karen N. Nichols is the Distance Education Coordinator at Xavier University of Louisiana. She holds a doctorate in Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been involved in distance education for over twenty years at the secondary and post-secondary levels. She has developed and taught online courses in French and Spanish and has conducted numerous workshops and mentoring training sessions for online instructors on such diverse topics as accessibility, providing excellent student feedback and using avatars. Of particular importance, is OER (Online Educational Resources) and she is a member of the steering committee of HBCU-Innovate. Xavier has just partnered with MERLOT to bring AL$ (Affordable Learning Solutions) to the campus. Dr. Nichols holds memberships in POD (Professional and Organizational Network of Higher Education), and Francophonie des Amériques. She is part of Xavier’s Center for Continuing Studies and Distance Education (http://xula.edu/ccsde/) and assists the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development (http://cat.xula.edu/). She is training faculty in using Brightspace and is the lead on implementing SLATE for Graduate Admissions.
Rona Tyger, EdD, Director of Academic Technology at Dillard University (New Orleans), continues to make strides in improving learner-centered teaching and learning through the harmonious integration of academic technology, content and pedagogical knowledge, learning theory and learning management and quality assurance systems, appropriate research, learner-centered pedagogy and faculty-centered andragogy (faculty development) and a daily commitment to excellence. Dr. Tyger’s current focus is on the adoption of open educational resources combined with the aforementioned strategies to improve student success and educational equity. Dr. Tyger has been teaching hybrid and fully online courses since 2002 and knows the importance of the instructional design process that accompanies each course delivered in nontraditional ways. Rona has taught Graduate students instructional technology theory and practice. Most recently, she is working with faculty on “open educational resources,” optimizing the use of both free and our licensed software, "flipping" their courses and re-designing traditional courses into hybrid or online courses. She is a lifelong learner whose research interests lie in the area of educational equity specifically focusing on learner-centered curriculum, distance education pedagogy, digital literacy, digital participation, building digital learning capacity and 21st Century Teaching and Learning. Rona was an Assistant Professor in Adult and Adolescent Education at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia 2009 - 2012; an Assistant Professor at Waycross College from 2003 – 2009; and an Instructor in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Savannah State University from 2001 - 2003. Rona completed her EdD in Curriculum Theory and Instructional Technology at Georgia Southern University in 2011. Rona also serves as the Canvas LMS Administrator, the Quality Matters coordinator for distance learning instructors and the Jenzabar Ex Advising Administrator at DU.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice Teaching Ethics, Juvenile Justice, Race and Gender J.D. from North Carolina Central University with practice areas in Juvenile Justice and Post Conviction Litigation M.S. Degrees from North Carolina A&T State University in Instructional Technology and Adult Education Ph.D. candidate at North Carolina A&T State University in Leadership Studies with interdisciplinary studies in Women and Leadership

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