Leaders from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Convene at Sloan-C's HBCU Leadership Summit for Online Learning


The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) today announced it is gathering leaders from across the community of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) for The Sloan Consortium HBCU Leadership Summit for Online Learning, Oct. 29, 2014, in Orlando, Florida. This event runs concurrently with Day 1 of the 20th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning: Driving Innovation with Online Learning (ALN14), which takes place Oct. 29-31, 2014.

Organized around the theme, “Breaking Barriers to Expand the Legacy into Online Learning,” the Summit will examine specific online learning issues faced by HBCUs.

“We are excited for the opportunity to drill down into the unique concerns and opportunities of the HBCU community related to online learning,” said Kathleen Ives, acting CEO and executive director, Sloan-C. “The Summit will offer universities with similar goals and interests for online learning the chance to network and build resource capacity. What's more, this one-day event will serve as a terrific lead-in to our ALN conference, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year. Attendees who participate in both events can expect to come away with valuable connections and fresh ideas that they can share with colleagues and immediately put into practice to advance their online learning programs.”

“We know that a large number of students being served through online education want an HBCU experience,” said Cristi Ford, Summit chair. “Our goal is to provide an informative, solutions-oriented approach on increasing the online footprint offered by the HBCU community. And we are delighted that Sloan-C is committed to exploring the needs of HBCU constituents and issues of this unique community.”

Robert Blaine, interim associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Jackson State University, will deliver the keynote address titled, “Reaching the Connected Learner through Disruptive Innovation.”

The Summit will explore issues related to leadership and administration, as well as faculty and student engagement. Seven featured sessions, led by experts in the HBCU online learning community, will explore current trends and best practices, including:

  • Creating & Maintaining an ELearning Legacy
  • The Center for Excellence in Distance Learning at Wiley College: Exploring a Collaborative Quest for Student Success
  • Steps Taken to Engage Students Through Technology at an HBCU
  • Why Thurgood Marshall College Fund Is Building Blended Lab Schools at HBCUs
  • Enhancing Faculty Engagement Through Strategy and Technology
  • Changing Direction: CyberLearning, a 21st Century Learning Community
  • Winning the LOTTO: The Ticket to Success in Supporting Faculty Online Course Development


In addition, the program features these three practitioner workshops that offer a practical focus on fundamentals and best practices for advancing online learning programs:

  • Frameworks & Foundations for Scalable, Sustainable Competency-Based Programs
  • Strategic Planning for Online Programs: A-Z
  • Prototype 3D Immersive Online Learning Environment


“We anticipate the HBCU Leadership Summit will facilitate informative discussions and extend the HBCU legacy into online learning environments,” said Desiree Jewell, director of marketing, online learning, Pearson. “Pearson is proud to partner with Sloan-C on this event, which advances our shared commitment to quality, more accessible, higher education opportunities for all learners.”

Additional information about the conference program and details about two registration options (standalone HBCU Leadership Summit registration or dual registration for Summit-plus-ALN14) can be found online at http://sloanconsortium.org/conference/HBCU-2014/aln/welcome.


About Sloan-C

c(Sloan-C) is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning worldwide. The member-sustained organization offers an extensive set of resources for professional development and institutional advancement including, original research, leading-edge instruction, best-practice publications, community-driven conferences and expert guidance. Sloan-C members include educators, administrators, trainers and other online learning professionals, as well as educational institutions, professional societies and corporate enterprises. For more information, visit http://sloanconsortium.org.  




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