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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.

4th Annual HBCU Affordable Learning Summit

Join us at the OLC/MERLOT INNOVATE Conference March 31-April 3, 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. California State University, and MERLOT 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 across the globe. Leaders from Tennessee State University, Southern 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 in Chicago, Illinois, March 31-April 3, 2020.

Note: Southern University System and Tennessee State University have recently launched their Affordable Learning Solutions initiative (www.suol4ed.org) and will share their strategies for planning and implementing this initiative with their fellow HBCU colleagues.

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

Summit optional add-on of Tuesday pre-conference workshop: (Information coming soon)

There is a fee for this Pre-Conference Workshop: $250 Early Bird / $275 Full Price.  If you are interested in attending this deep-dive into piloting an OER program at your HBCU, please email Moustapha Diack, HBCU Summit Chair (elearning@subr.edu) or Robbie Melton, HBCU Summit Co-Chair (rkendal1@tnstate.edu) for more information. 


HBCU Summit Schedule:

Coming Soon


The Wednesday through Friday HBCU Summit is included in the cost of registration for OLC Innovate 2020.  (The Tuesday pre-conference workshop is an additional fee.)

There is a special registration discount available for HBCU affiliates. Please contact us at conference@onlinelearning-c.org for more information or to request the discount code if you are an HBCU affiliate. You may also contact Ms. Reshonda Corley (reshonda_corley@subr.edu) for the registration code. 

HBCU Affiliate Onsite Attendee Options Price
HBCU Affiliate code required. $745
 Individual Virtual Attendee Options
HBCU Affiliate Individual Virtual Attendee $140
Group Virtual Attendee Packages
HBCU Affiliate Buy 2, Get 1 Free  $280
HBCU Affiliate Unlimited Group Package $1,095


Non-HBCU Affiliates are welcome to attend the HBCU Summit at the Innovate conference. Non-affiliates will pay OLC/MERLOT member or non-member rates as usual for the conference. There is no additional fee for the Wed-Fri HBCU Summit.

All attendees wishing to attend the HBCU Summit (HBCU Affiliate or not) should indicate that they plan to participate in the HBCU Summit when prompted during the registration process.


Registration Instructions for HBCU Affiliates

We are pleased you will be joining us in Denver.  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.  

Attendees from HBCU institutions may register following these instructions.  Note – there is a code that must be entered at checkout in order to receive a special HBCU rate of $745.

When you register to attend OLC Innovate 2020 and the HBCU Summit in Chicago, please follow these steps:

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  • Complete required fields.  
  • Select Individual Attendee (Onsite) in Registration Type dropdown menu.
    • If you qualify for an ACADEMIC Affiliation, please register using your email ending in .edu
  • Select Full Conference – Onsite Attendee for your Registration ITEM

Session Registration Page:

  • Be sure to indicate you will be participating in the HBCU Summit

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From Optional Items Page:

  • If you select any Optional Items such as a pre-conference workshop on Tuesday or an Awards Lunch ticket, you will be responsible for the cost of these at checkout

On the SUBMIT PAYMENT page, enter discount code in the box and APPLY:  IN20HBCU   (this code reduces the conference fee to $745)

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**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 in April!


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
  • Tracy Barley, North Carolina Central 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