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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.

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

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.

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

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

 

HBCU Summit Schedule:

7:30am – 5:00pm Registration Desk Open Riverwalk Promenade
7:30am – 9:00am Attendee Breakfast for workshop and summit participants Riverwalk Exhibit Hall
8:30am – 10:00am THEME: HBCU Summit Welcome, Review The Summit Agenda And Objectives, and Introductions

Summit Objectives:

  1. Share lessons learned at HBCUs about how to implement AL$ and recognize accomplishments of HBCUs’ AL$ programs
  2. Support HBCUs developing plans for their AL$ programs and provide professional development for people who will become leaders of AL$ on their campus
  3. Develop networks of HBCU members who can connect and enjoy each other’s company so we’ll all want to meet again throughout the year

Superior A/B
8:30am – 8:45am Welcome to the HBCU AL$ Summit Superior A/B

Moustapha Diack, Southern University
Robbie Melton, Tennessee State University
8:45am – 9:15am Participant Introductions Superior A/B
9:15am – 10:00am Sharing Lessons Learned by HBCU Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Programs: Four Campus Showcases: Key Factors For Implementing AL$ Superior A/B

Each showcase provides a 3 minute overview of their project and then moves to a corner of the room where they will meet and discuss their project with summit participants. Participants move between the tables and presenters to learn, discuss, and enjoy.



1. “A collaborative course redesign approach for non-major Environmental Science incorporating Open Educational Resources (OER)” Superior A/B

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” Superior A/B

Moustapha Diack and Cecil Banhan, Southern University Baton Rouge
3. “Bridging the Gap Between Underrepresented Students and Course Content Through Inclusivity” Superior A/B

Karen Nichols and Mohamed Awad, Xavier University of Louisiana
4. “Opening Coding and Creativity in AL$ Programs: Lessons Learned at Tennessee State University” Superior A/B

Robbie Melton, Tennessee State University
10:00am – 10:30am Networking Coffee Break; Speed Networking Lounge Open Riverwalk Exhibit Hall
10:30am – 12:00pm THEME: Institutional Approaches to AL$ by HBCUs Superior A/B
10:30am – 11:10am A. An Institutional Approach to AL$ at Bethune Cookman University Superior A/B

A 10 minute overview of their project and then presenters move to a corner of the room where they will meet and discuss their project with summit participants. Participants move between the tables and presenters to learn, discuss, and enjoy.
1. “A Case Study of the B-CU Open Sources Project: Course MLS 131, Breaking Down the Barriers of Accessibility and Affordability" Superior A/B

Adelia Esperanza Parrado-Ortiz, Bethune Cookman University
2. “Development and Facilitation of OER Financial and Managerial Accounting Classes – Our Journey” Superior A/B

Michelle Troian and Amy Williams, Bethune Cookman University
3. “Engaging Millennials in Online Courses” Superior A/B

Dennis Pires, Bethune Cookman University
11:10am – 11:20am B. Applying B-CU’s Strategies to Your Campus: Large Group Discussion Superior A/B
11:20am – 11:55am C. International Applications of AL$ Superior A/B
1. “Innovations in Senegal: Leveraging AL$ Services for Senegal’s Higher Education” Superior A/B

Ms. Oumy Fall and Cheikh Diawara, Virtual University of Senegal
2. “Digital Communication and Access to Knowledge: Senegal at the Crossroads” Superior A/B

Nafissatou Diouf, Virtual University of Senegal
11:55am – 12:00pm D. Large Group Discussion and Reflection on the Morning's Presentations and Sharing Superior A/B
12:00pm – 1:00pm Welcome Lunch (all attendees); Exhibit Hall closes during lunch Superior A/B

Sheraton Chicago Ballroom
1:15pm – 2:00pm HBCU Summit Keynote Address Superior A/B

Dr. Michael L. Torrence, President, Motlow State Community College
2:15pm – 3:00pm Using The HBCU AL$ Portal To Support Your AL$ Campus Plan: Demonstration and Application

Remarks from HBCU Affordable Learning Summit Sponsors (2:45-3:00 pm):

  • Cengage Learning
  • Smarter Services

Superior A/B

Gerry Hanley, MERLOT/ SkillsCommons/ California State University Long Beach
3:00pm – 3:45pm Networking Coffee Break; Speed Networking Lounge Open Riverwalk Exhibit Hall
3:45pm – 4:30pm THEME: Progress Around the HBCU Community Part 1: Presentations, Posters, and Participation Superior A/B

Each presenter provides a 3 minute overview of their project and then moves to a corner of the room where they will meet and discuss their project with summit participants. Participants move between the tables and presenters to learn, discuss, and enjoy.
1. “Learning without Barriers” Superior A/B

D’Nita Andrews Graham, Norfolk State University
2. “HBCU Faculty as Instructional Designers” Superior A/B

Sheila Witherspoon, South Carolina State University
3. "Building Bridges Between Underrepresented Students and Their Future Through an Online Open Source Mentor Training Program" Superior A/B

Tiera Coston and Karen Nichols, Xavier University of Louisiana
4. “(OER) Pilot Project in Introduction to Effective Oral Communication Course” Superior A/B

Dr. Kekeli Nuviadenu, Bethune-Cookman University
4:45pm – 5:45pm Welcome and Wednesday OLC Innovate Keynote Address: Zeynep Tufekci Sheraton Chicago Ballroom
5:45pm – 7:00pm Innovate Welcome Reception Riverwalk Exhibit Hall
Dinner on your own
7:30am – 5:00pm Registration Desk Open Riverwalk Promenade
7:30am – 9:00am OLC/MERLOT Awards and Breakfast (Part 1)
Breakfast is available until 9; Awards Ceremony will be 8:00-8:25am
Sheraton Chicago Ballroom
8:30am – 9:30am Thursday OLC Innovate Keynote Address: Flower Darby Sheraton Chicago Ballroom
9:45am – 10:30am THEME: Progress Around the HBCU Community Part 2: Presentations, Posters, and Participation Superior A

Each presenter provides a 3 minute overview of their project and then moves to a corner of the room where they will meet and discuss their project with summit participants. Participants move between the tables and presenters to learn, discuss, and enjoy.
Overview of Day 2 of the HBCU AL$ Summit Superior A


Moustapha Diack, Southern University
Robbie Melton, Tennessee State University
1. "'E (Educational and Electronic)-Fortress' of Awareness and Understanding in the Humanities" Superior A

Jan Boulware, Bethune-Cookman University
2. "Promoting Robust Student Learning of Statistics with Open Education Resources" Superior A

Kelly Carey, Bethune-Cookman University
3. "Open Education Resources in Mathematics at Bethune-Cookman University" Superior A

Allen Pelley, Masood Poorandi, Bethune-Cookman University
4. "Overcoming Student Anxiety and Resistance in the Online World Religion Course" Superior A

Alice L. Wood, Bethune-Cookman University
10:30am – 11:15am Networking Coffee Break; Speed Networking Lounge Open Riverwalk Exhibit Hall
11:15am – 12:00pm Free to go to INNOVATE Sessions Or Voluntary consulting by HBCU AL$ Leadership Team Members
12:00pm – 2:15pm Lunch Options:
  • Chicago Architectural Boat Tour - ticketed (limit 175)
  • City of Chicago Big Bus Tour - ticketed (unlimited)
  • Lunch on your own
  • Box lunches provided for both tours
  • Exhibit Hall closes during lunch
2:15pm – 4:45pm Everyone Can Code and Create Workshop Superior A

Robbie Melton, Tennessee State University
Dinner on your own
7:30am – 12:00pm Registration Desk Open Riverwalk Promenade
7:30am – 9:30am OLC/MERLOT Awards and Breakfast (Part 2)
Breakfast is available until 9; Awards Ceremony will be 8:00-8:25am and will include the HBCU Executive Leadership Awards
Sheraton Chicago Ballroom
8:30am – 9:30am Friday OLC Innovate Keynote Address: Rajiv Jhangiani Sheraton Chicago Ballroom
9:45am – 10:30am Open to attend INNOVATE sessions
10:45am – 11:30am Open to attend INNOVATE sessions Or Voluntary consulting by HBUC AL$ Leadership Team Members
11:45am – 12:30pm HBCU Closing Session: Sharing Reflections, Needs and Next Steps Superior A

All participants will be invited to spend 2-3 minutes sharing their plans and/or issues to take some next steps in the AL$ plans
12:30pm – 1:00pm OLC INNOVATE Conference Closing Event Ballroom Promenade
1:00pm End of Conference

Pricing

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. Scholarships are available to HBCU faculty, staff, and administrators. Learn more.

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

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  • 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, 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