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Continuing to Bridge the Gap – Transforming Education at HBCUs

Participants at the summit should register for OLC INNOVATE 2020 and blend their participation in the summit with the rest of the OLC INNOVATE conference. There will be no additional fee for participation in the summit.

SCHOLARSHIPS: A limited number of registration scholarships were made available to HBCU faculty, staff, and administrators for HBCU Affordable Learning Summit and Innovate 2020.


4th Annual HBCU Affordable Learning Summit

Join us at the OLC/MERLOT INNOVATE 2020 Virtual Conference, June 15-26, 2020. 

About the HBCU Summit:

The goals of the Summit include:

  1. Awareness, Opportunities, and Challenges of Open Education Resources (OERs) as ‘Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$)’ for addressing the high costs of textbooks and other student related learning materials,
  2. Research, demonstration, and presentations of OER-AL$ for enhancing teaching and improving learning,
  3. Utilization of OER-AL$ for SkillsCommons in supplementing workforce training and careers,
  4. Hands-on sessions to assist in developing strategic customized AL$ Campus Deployment Plans and
  5. Discussion sessions for recommending strategies to OLC and MERLOT in advancing and sustaining support for HBCUs and in their implementation of affordable learning solutions and online education.

The Summit is the 4th annual meeting of HBCUs at INNOVATE where HBCUs will present and share their AL$ strategies and outcomes, along with other online education initiatives that emerge as priorities for HBCUs.  The Summit will be blended within the INNOVATE conference which will provide forums for informative and stimulating presentations and discussions on strategies that can assist in the creation of a sustainable partnerships in online learning environments, as well as explore issues related to faculty and student engagement and raising awareness about next generation courseware.

Leveraging HBCU Leadership:  

There are 105 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the United States, all of which are invited to participate in the symposium. The symposium also targets partnering higher education institutions in Africa.  We will share practices, strategies, and resources for reducing the costs of instructional materials for students, making higher education more affordable for more students in Historically Black Universities (HBCUs) in the United States, as well as in Higher Education Institutions in Africa and across the globe. Leaders from Southern University System (SUS) of Louisiana, Tennessee State University, and California State University/MERLOT will facilitate a series of leadership sessions, strategic planning, and hands-on workshops that will be embedded in the annual INNOVATE conference co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and MERLOT.

Explore the HBCU Affordable Learning Portal to learn more about this initiative.

The HBCU Summit is included in the cost of registration for OLC Innovate 2020.  

 

HBCU Summit Schedule:

1:45pm – 2:30pm Welcome to the HBCU AL$ Summit Moustapha Diack, Southern University
Robbie Melton, Tennessee State University (Virtual Presenter)
2:45pm – 3:30pm Sharing Lessons Learned by HBCU Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Programs: Four Campus Showcases: Key Factors For Implementing AL$ - Part 1 Each showcase provides a 15 minute overview of their project and then opens up for discussion.


1. “A collaborative course redesign approach for non-major Environmental Science incorporating Open Educational Resources (OER)” Presenters: Sarah Krejci, Shirma Ramroop-Butts, Michael Reiter, Adrienne George, Yungkul Kim, Adeljean Ho, Hector Torres, Arletha McSwain
Bethune-Cookman University
2. “Deploying OER-based Courseware to address College Affordability: The Missing Link for Successful Deployment” Moustapha Diack and Cecil Banhan, Southern University Baton Rouge
4:00pm – 4:45pm Sharing Lessons Learned by HBCU Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Programs: Four Campus Showcases: Key Factors For Implementing AL$ - Part 2 Each showcase provides a 15 minute overview of their project and then opens up for discussion.
3. “Bridging the Gap Between Underrepresented Students and Course Content Through Inclusivity” Karen Nichols and Mohamed Awad, Xavier University of Louisiana
4. “Opening Coding and Creativity in AL$ Programs: Lessons Learned at Tennessee State University” Robbie Melton, Tennessee State University
11:15am – 12:00pm Institutional Approaches to AL$ by HBCUs at Bethune Cookman University Each showcase provides a 15 minute overview of their project and then opens up for discussion.
1. “A Case Study of the B-CU Open Sources Project: Course MLS 131, Breaking Down the Barriers of Accessibility and Affordability" Esperanza Parrado-Ortiz, Bethune Cookman University
2. "Development and Facilitation of OER Financial and Managerial Accounting Classes – Our Journey" Michelle Troian and Amy Williams, Bethune Cookman University
1:30pm – 2:15pm International Applications of AL$ Each showcase provides a 15 minute overview of their project and then opens up for discussion.
1. "Innovations in Senegal: Leveraging AL$ Services for Senegal’s Higher Education" Ms. Oumy Fall and Cheikh Diawara, Virtual University of Senegal
2. "Digital Communication and Access to Knowledge: Senegal at the Crossroads" Nafissatou Diouf, Virtual University of Senegal
3:45pm – 4:30pm HBCU Summit Keynote Address: The Future of Everything: The Educational Complex Dr. Michael L. Torrence, President, Motlow State Community College
11:15am – 12:30pm Using The HBCU AL$ Portal To Support Your AL$ Campus Plan: Demonstration and Application Gerry Hanley, MERLOT/ SkillsCommons/ California State University Long Beach
1:30pm – 2:15pm Progress Around the HBCU Community Part 1 Each showcase provides a 15 minute overview of their project and then opens up for discussion.
1. "Learning without Barriers" D’Nita Andrews Graham, Norfolk State University
2. "HBCU Faculty as Instructional Designers" Sheila Witherspoon, South Carolina State University
3:45pm – 4:30pm Progress in Affordable Learning Around the HBCU Community Part 2 Each showcase provides a 15 minute overview of their project and then opens up for discussion.
1. "Building Bridges Between Underrepresented Students and Their Future Through an Online Open Source Mentor Training Program" Tiera Coston and Karen Nichols, Xavier University of Louisiana
2. "Where Destiny Meets Legacy: Open Educational Resource(OER) Pilot Project in Introduction to Effective Oral Communication Course" Dr. Kekeli Nuviadenu, Bethune-Cookman University
11:15am – 12:00pm Progress in Affordable Learning Around the HBCU Community Part 3 Each showcase provides a 15 minute overview of their project and then opens up for discussion.
1. "E (Educational and Electronic)-Fortress" of Awareness and Understanding in the Humanities Jan Boulware, Bethune-Cookman University
2. "Promoting Robust Student Learning of Statistics with Open Education Resources" Kelly Carey, Bethune-Cookman University
1:30pm – 2:15pm Progress in Affordable Learning Around the HBCU Community Part 4 Each showcase provides a 15 minute overview of their project and then opens up for discussion.
1. "Overcoming Student Anxiety and Resistance in the Online World Religion Course" Alice L. Wood, Bethune-Cookman University
2. "Open Education Resources in Mathematics at Bethune-Cookman University" Allen Pelley, Masood Poorandi, Bethune-Cookman University
11:15am – 12:00pm Engaging Millennials in Online Courses Dennis Pires
11:45am – 12:00pm Remarks from HBCU Affordable Learning Summit Sponsors Cengage Learning
Smarter Services
1:30pm – 4:30pm Everyone Can Code and Create Workshop Robbie Melton, Tennessee State University (Virtual Presenter)
2:30pm – 3:15pm Virtual Office Hours: Consulting with HBUC AL$ Leadership Team Member
3:45pm – 4:30pm HBCU Closing Session: Sharing Reflections, Needs and Next Steps Participants spend 2-3 minutes sharing their plans and/or issues to take some next steps in the AL$ plans
1:30pm – 2:15pm Virtual Office Hours: Consulting with HBUC AL$ Leadership Team Members

Pricing

The HBCU Summit is included in the cost of registration for OLC Innovate 2020.

Non-HBCU Affiliates are welcome to attend the HBCU Summit at the Innovate conference. There is no additional fee for the HBCU Summit.

 

Registration Instructions for HBCU Affiliates

We are pleased you will be joining us.  The HBCU Summit at OLC Innovate 2020 includes special HBCU sessions throughout the conference. HBCU attendees are invited to attend HBCU-focused sessions or any regular Innovate program session as desired.  

*Conference materials are accessible on the OLC Innovate website.  Attendees are granted permission with a user role that is linked to your registration.  You must have an OLC User Account in order to have this permission to view the recorded sessions (post-conference) and access any session materials uploaded by presenters.  Please be sure you have an OLC user account.  If you do not have an account, create one today –  a community membership is free.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact laurie.lulow@onlinelearning-c.org.

We look forward to seeing you online!

 

Committee Members and Ambassadors

  • Moustapha Diack, Southern University System  (SUBR)
  • Karen N. Nichols, Xavier University of Louisiana
  • D’Nita Andrews Graham, Norfolk State University
  • Robbie Melton, Tennessee State University
  • Gerry Hanley, California State University (CSU)
  • Moustapha Diack, Southern University System  (SUBR)
  • Karen N. Nichols, Xavier University of Louisiana
  • D’Nita Andrews Graham, Norfolk State University
  • Arletha McSwain, Bethune Cookman University
  • Rona Tyger, Dillard University
  • Jean-Jacques Medastin, Central State University  
  • Hamilton Eldrie, Grambling State University
  • Robbie Melton, Tennessee State University
  • Leslie Kennedy, California State University (CSU)
  • Gerry Hanley, California State University (CSU)
  • Alassane Diop, Senegal Virtual University – SENEGAL
  • Moussa Lo, Senegal Virtual University – SENEGAL
  • Aouni Mahjoub, Virtual University of Tunis – TUNISIA
  • Tokesha Warner, Tennessee State University
  • Audie Black, Tennessee State University
  • Mary Adewunmi, Southern University in Baton Rouge (SUBR)
  • Mary Achilla, Southern University in Baton Rouge (SUBR)
  • Dr. Ray Belton, President/Chancellor
    Southern University System of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Louisiana – USA
  • Pr. Mary Teuw Niane, Ministry for Higher Education and Research
    Republic of Senegal, West Africa
  • Glenda Baskin Glover, Ph.D., J.D., CPA, President
    Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
  • Dr. Kevin D. Rome, President,
    Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Dr. Hubert L. Grimes, President
    Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Dr. Reynold Verret, Sixth President and Second Lay Leader 
    Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Ann McCall, Ph.D, Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs
    Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dr. Robert Blaine, Associate Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Dean of Undergraduate Study for Cyber Learning
    Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Mr. Mike Abbiatti, Executive Director
    WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), Boulder, Colorado
  • Dr. Robert Ford, CEO
    DRF Industries, LLC