HBCU Summit - Changing The View And Closing The Gaps

Concurrent Session 8
Streamed Session HBCU

Brief Abstract

Problem:  Historically, traditional textbooks have been written from the perspective of the dominant culture (white/male).

Soltuion:  OER are revisable and adaptable, so teachers and faculty at HBCUs and Tribal Colleges can revise or add examples from the students' culture.  Examples of leaders, historical perspectives, languages, images - can all be adapted to suit the needs of the course objectives and campus.  There are many advantages to replacing traditional textbooks with OER and Open Textbooks (such as cost savings, and that they are available on the first day of class to all students), but one of the most important aspects for equity and inclusion is the ability to adapt and revise OER.


Dr. Spilovoy's work is focused on creating access and educational opportunities through innovations in educational technology. Whether she's working with policy, distance education, technology, or open educational resources, student success and social justice are at the forefront of every conversation. She is currently the Director, Open Policy at WCET.
Professor Moustapha Diack is the Associate Vice President for Online Learning Services for the Southern University System (SUS) and Director of Professional Development Services for Southern University Baton Rouge (SUBR). He is Chair of the Practitioners Summit for Advancing Affordable Learning Solutions and Quality Online Education for HBCUs, integral part of the OLC/MERLOT International Conference. His research interests at Southern University are in the areas of Instructional Design, cognitive theory of multimedia learning and the strategic planning and deployment of online learning systems to enhance student learning outcomes. Diack has extensive experience in the areas of online learning design and delivery and has played a global leadership role in the areas of Open Education and Open Access. He is recipient of the International MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching) Innovation Award 2009. He is member of the MERLOT Faculty Development Editorial Board and Co-Founding Director of the MERLOT Africa Network (MAN), a network of African higher education institutions and digital scholars engaged in the research, development and implementation of open education. At the SUS, Diack oversees the development and implementation of integrated digital library services, the Southern University Online Library for Education (SUOL4ed), to facilitate quality online programs development and college affordability through the adoption of open education resources and open textbook. Diack is member of the Louisiana Board of Regents Task Force On Electronic Learning and Past President 2003-2006 of the Louisiana Academy of Science and also Member of the Quality Matters (QM) International Advisory.

Extended Abstract