Through the sponsorship of The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU®), this workshop has been designed for educators at HBCUs to engage in key strategies and outcomes that create access to online education in support of student success. Focusing on the quality characteristics of online learning as well as digital strategies prioritized by HBCUs in their work in online education, this three-part workshop series uses actionable design practices and collaborative work to create a community of practice supporting work well beyond the conference. Designed specifically for educators at Johnson C. Smith University and Claflin University as part of a grant from the Every Learner Everywhere network, this workshop is open to registered conference attendees from one of the 105 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the United States.

Registration for this event is free and included with your OLC Accelerate 2020 Virtual Conference. All sessions will be recorded and made available to watch back for a year beyond the conference.


Workshop Facilitator

Dr. Cristi Ford class=
Dr. Cristi Ford, VP of Training, NeighborWorks Services Group


Workshop Moderator

Dr. Kim Cliett-Long
Dr. Kim Cliett-Long – Moderator, President, Adult Learners NOW



The APLU HBCU Workshop event is open to all OLC Accelerate participants and held in three parts on Tuesday, November 17. Attendees can attend one or all of the sessions, and are encouraged to bring colleagues from their HBCU institutions to attend as a connected cohort across the event.

November 17, 10:30am – 11:15am US ET – Session One: Driven Course Design

The intent of this first session is to further explore the foundations of course design from the pre-immersion workshop. Faculty will spend some time working on their own course material to begin the process of creating an outcomes-driven course design in the APLU Flexible course redesign initiative. Faculty should come prepared with their course syllabus in order to facilitate a meaningful conversation.


  • Dr. Cristi Ford


November 17, 11:45am – 12:30pm US ET – Session Two: Designing Across Course Lengths and Modalities

This second session will delve into more practical strategies that will help faculty continue to build a foundation for a compressed course redesign process. Faculty will spend more time grappling with the importance of finding a new cadence in a time condensed course. Discussions will allow for participants to determine how to create more dynamic instruction through the exploration of active learning. 


  • Dr. Cristi Ford


November 17, 1:00pm to 1:45pm US ET – Session Three: Centering the Needs of Students

This culminating session will offer some guiding principles that will help faculty make adjustments and redeploy their course in the new redesigned format.  We will specifically explore the context and audience that is served through the HBCU lens.  By examining this paradigm,  faculty will explore ways  to shift the design of the course from a teacher centered  to student centric view . Principles of engagement to support this shift will also be explored. 


  • Dr. Cristi Ford



More Information

Please contact Angela Gunder at with any questions.


APLU HBCU Planning Committee

Special thanks to the members of the planning committee for their efforts organizing this event:

  • Megan Tesene
  • Nia Reed
  • Karen Vignare
  • Angela Gunder
  • Paloma Rafferty
  • Cristi Ford