HBCU C2 Affordable Learning Summit 2019 - Part 1

Concurrent Session 10

Brief Abstract

The HBCU C2 Affordable Learning Summit is a practitioners summit for the new initiative for HBCU:  HBCU C2 of 'Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create' and for advancing open education resource (OER) affordable learning solutions and quality online eduation for HBCUs.



Robbie K. Melton, Ph.D. is a full tenured professor at Tennessee State University. Major research studies include Strategic Planning for Emerging IOE (Internet of Everything) Smart Connected Mobile Devices for Education and Workforce Development. She has published and presented around the nation on the impact and value of mobilization for education and the workforce and has acquired a new distinction as an “App-ologist” due to her study of the pedagogy and best teaching practices with mobilization, quality standards for the utilization of mobile apps, and for her creation of the Mobile App Education and Workforce Resource Center (50,000 + Apps that have been aligned with over ninety-five subject areas from Pre-K to Ph.D., including workforce careers, professional development and lifelong learning, according to one’s mobile device of choice). Melton is the winner of numerous awards; the latest being the 2016 Online Learning Consortium Fellow, 2016 Richard Jonsen Educational Technologies top honor for her lifetime work in educational technology, 2015 MERLOT Leadership Visionary Award, CDE Top 30 2014 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers, 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator, 2012, Technology WOW Award, 2013 eAfrica Innovator Education Award.

Additional Authors

Professor Moustapha Diack is the Associate Vice President for Online Learning Services for the Southern University System (SUS) and Director of Professional Development Services for Southern University Baton Rouge (SUBR). He is Chair of the Practitioners Summit for Advancing Affordable Learning Solutions and Quality Online Education for HBCUs, integral part of the OLC/MERLOT International Conference. His research interests at Southern University are in the areas of Instructional Design, cognitive theory of multimedia learning and the strategic planning and deployment of online learning systems to enhance student learning outcomes. Diack has extensive experience in the areas of online learning design and delivery and has played a global leadership role in the areas of Open Education and Open Access. He is recipient of the International MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching) Innovation Award 2009. He is member of the MERLOT Faculty Development Editorial Board and Co-Founding Director of the MERLOT Africa Network (MAN), a network of African higher education institutions and digital scholars engaged in the research, development and implementation of open education. At the SUS, Diack oversees the development and implementation of integrated digital library services, the Southern University Online Library for Education (SUOL4ed), to facilitate quality online programs development and college affordability through the adoption of open education resources and open textbook. Diack is member of the Louisiana Board of Regents Task Force On Electronic Learning and Past President 2003-2006 of the Louisiana Academy of Science and also Member of the Quality Matters (QM) International Advisory.

Extended Abstract

The goals of the Summit include:

  1. Introduction of HBCU C 2 of ‘Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create’ for addressing digital literacy and coding and creativity to improve teaching and learning,
  2. Awareness of Emerging Technologies of Mixed Reality (VR/AR), wearable, A.I., and smart tools for transforming education,
  3. Opportunities, and Challenges of Open Education Resources (OERs) as ‘Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$)’ for addressing the high costs of textbooks and other student related learning materials,
  4. Research, demonstration, and presentations of OER-AL$ for enhancing teaching and improving learning,
  5. Utilization of OER-AL$ for SkillsCommons in supplementing workforce training and careers,
  6. Hands-on sessions to assist in developing strategic customized AL$ Campus Deployment Plans and
  7. 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 HBCU’s at  ACCELERATE where HBCU’s will present and share their AL$ strategies and outcomes, along with other online education initiatives that emerge as priorities for HBCU’s.  The Summit will be blended within the ACCELERATE 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.

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 HBCUs, 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 ACCELERATE conference.

The summit will include presentations from HBCUs; on how they designed and are implementing their locally customized and sustainable AL$ program. *The faculty and the leadership of these institutions will facilitate the sessions and workshops at the conference.

HBCU C 2 : Everyone Can Code and Everyone Can Create at HBCUs

If you are  interested in attending this deep-dive into HBCU C2 and OER program at your HBCU, please email Moustapha (Moustaphadiack@smedprogram.org) or Robbie (rkendal1@tnstate.edu) for more information. Non-HBCU Affiliates are welcome to attend the HBCU Summit at the Accelerate conference. Non-affiliates will pay OLC/MERLOT member or non-member rates as usual for the conference. There is no additional fee for the 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.