The MERLOT and HBCU Community will be conducting the 4th Annual HBCU Affordable Learning Summit at the OLC Innovate 2020 Conference over 2 ½ days. The Summit will focus on HBCUs sharing their institutional strategies for reducing the cost of course materials through the adoption and support of no-cost and low-cost course materials, including Open Educational Resources.

Due to the generous gifts of our sponsors, Cengage Learning and Smarter Services, seven (7) registration scholarships are being awarded. Each scholarship will cover the cost of a full registration for the OLC Innovate 2020 Conference in Chicago, IL from March 31, 2020 to April 3, 2020.

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Faculty, staff, and administrators employed at an HBCU are eligible for the scholarship.

How to Apply: 
The application process is simple. Go to our online application form and submit you application, addressing four (4) elements of your institution’s readiness to implement strategies for making course materials more affordable for your students. These four (4) elements are listed below and the MERLOT-HBCU community has provided additional background and guidance about planning your Affordable Learning strategy at their community portal.

  1. Describe the need for more affordable course materials for your students and the potential impact of no-cost and low-cost course materials on your students’ success.
  2. Describe how your campus leadership is supportive of an institutional strategy to improve affordability of course materials (e.g. administrators, staff, deans, department chairs, academic senate members, student leaders, etc.)
  3. Describe the campus people and organizations that are ready to participate in an affordable learning initiative (e.g. library, bookstore, faculty development, etc.)
  4. Describe the goals you would propose for your campus’ affordable learning initiative.

Application Deadline: February 17, 2020

Award Announcement: February 21, 2020


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