HBCU Summit: Addressing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness (DEI) Goals with Open Education Resources (OER)

Pre-Conference Workshop Session 1 & 2 (combined)

Brief Abstract

HBCUs have been developing, implementing, and sharing their strategies and success with their Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) programs to significantly reduce the cost of course materials for their students while providing high quality and engaging digital content with Open Educational Resources (OER).  HBCUs will also discuss how the AL$ programs are helping them support their diversity, equity, and inclusiveness goals.   The pre-conference workshop will include an overview of the AL$ program, the Hewlett Foundations vision on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness and OER, how to leverage Cal State University-MERLOT’s services, HBCUs sharing their lessons learned on implementing their own AL$ program, and activities for workshop participants to begin planning their strategies for adopting and customizing an AL$ program for their campus.  The afternoon of the workshop will also include a presentation and hands-on activities with “Apple’s Everyone Can Code Program”.

There is a fee for this Pre-Conference Workshop: $225 Early Bird / $250 Full Price.

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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.
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.
Angela Haydel DeBarger is a Program Officer in Education at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Her portfolio addresses the intersection of the deeper learning and open educational resources strategies, with the aim of creating inclusive, purposeful and coherent learning experiences for students and teachers. Previously, Angela served as senior program officer for Lucas Education Research at the George Lucas Educational Foundation, where she led elementary and middle school project-based learning initiatives. From 2002 to 2014, she worked as an education researcher at SRI International. Her research focused on improving classroom pedagogy, specifically assessment strategies, to promote student learning and engagement in science. Angela has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University, a masters degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in educational psychology from Stanford University. She is a native Californian and enjoys spending time with her two boys.
Leslie Kennedy, Ed.D., Director, Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) at the CSU Office of the Chancellor provides strategic planning and project and vendor management in support of AL$ initiatives and leads a number of campus and system-wide collaborations. Previously, Leslie served as the director of instructional technology support services at CSULB, engagement and user community relations manager for WebCT, and was tenured faculty at Fullerton College. She has an MA in Linguistics and a second Masters in Online Learning and Teaching. Her doctorate is in educational leadership in higher education with a focus on supporting mainstream faculty adoption of instructional technologies. Her work and education background includes a unique combination of relevant vendor experience, project management of diverse academic technology projects and teams, and first-hand experience as a faculty member which enables her to provide vision and guidance to AL$.
Gerard L. Hanley Ph.D. is the Executive Director of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, www.merlot.org) and SkillsCommons (www.skillscommons.org) 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.

Extended Abstract

 7:30-8:30    Breakfast, Gathering, and Warm Up Discussions    

8:30-9:15    Welcome and Overview of HBCU AL$ Summit

  • Gerry Hanley, Moustapha Diack & Robbie Melton provide brief overview of

    • HBCU AL$ achievements to date and plans for upcoming year

    • DEI Project with Hewlett  and goal for today: Feedback and recommendations for improving the principles and support processes for the development, management, and sustaining the HBCU AL$ and coding programs

9:15-9:40    Angela DeBargar (Hewlett Foundation) present on Hewlett’s vision on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness and OER as well as the goals for the CSU-HBCU DEI project

9:40-10:15    Panel Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion and OER materials led by Hannah White

10:15-10:35    Break (20 min)

10:35-11:15    Sharing out AL$ success and lessons learned by 2 HBCU with 1+ year experience implementing AL$ (Leslie Kennedy facilitate)

11:15-11:45    Table discussion about key principles for the organizational infrastructure of HBCU AL$ program and how the communication and collaboration is progressing so far.  Participants will share Diversity and Inclusion statements and policies from their respective institutions.

11:45-12:00    Reflections on the morning:  What are you still waiting to hear?

12:00-1:00    Lunch

1:00-4:00    Supporting campuses developing programs for teaching everyone coding skills with OER:  “Apple’s Everyone Can Code Program”

  • Introduction by Robbie Melton

  • Overview  

  • Hands on workshop (with Swift Playgrounds)

  • Lawson State Presentation

  • Q&A/Group Discussion

4:00-4:15    Break

4:15 - 5:15    Reflections on the Day:

  • Share what was helpful in getting you started on planning your AL$ program

  • What will you need to follow-through on the promise of AL$ at your campus?

  • What recommendations do you have for our strategy to support HBCUs collective strategies for strengthening their collaborating on AL$ programs.  

5:15 –     Dinner on own