SkillsCommons, the national OER repository for workforce development is here to stay!

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Brief Abstract


CSU/MERLOT will provide an overview of the SkillsCommons services currently available that support TAACCCT grantees, higher education programs supporting workforce development, workforce development boards, and industry’s human resource training programs.   The overview will also review the SkillsCommons CONNECT Center which is focused on building communities and community projects that will help sustain the success of TAACCCT projects and the broader TAACCCT mission.  Finally, the presentation will review the new and upcoming services focused on partnerships and showcasing SkillsCommons resources and services to advance workforce development.




Gerard L. Hanley Ph.D. is the Executive Director of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, and SkillsCommons ( for the California State University, the Director for the Center for Usability for Design and Accessibility and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach. At MERLOT and SkillsCommons, he directs the development and sustainability of the international consortium and technology strategy to provide open educational services to improve teaching and learning and continues to development the US Department of Labor's open repository of educational resources for workforce development. Gerry's previous positions include Assistance Vice Chancellor for Academic Technology Services at the CSU Office of the Chancellor, the Director of Faculty Development and Director of Strategy Planning at CSU, Long Beach.