HBCU Summit: Keynote Presentation "Powering The Digital Revolution: The State of Black America Report " and "Less Searching, More Finding: Using OER Search Engines to Find Your Best Fit"

Workshop Session 2

Brief Abstract

10:30am - 11:15am: Keynote Presentation - Powering The Digital Revolution: The State of Black America Report 
Mr. Ron Marlow, Vice-President of Workforce Development, National Urban League 
Introduction by Moustapha Diack, Southern University System

The State of Black America 2018 Report: Powering the Digital Revolution, which is now available on a downloadable app and via this link http://soba.iamempowered.com/ is the National Urban League’s way of initiating a conversation, by way of information, regarding the “digital divide” and some of the ways the divide impacts communities of color, generally, and African Americans/Blacks. This presentation is an opportunity to provide a vehicle for identifying challenges, offering solutions (even if only partial solutions), and further spurring debate, discussion, strategizing and action.  Followed by discussion 

11:15am - 11:50am: Less Searching, More Finding: Using OER Search Engines to Find Your Best Fit
Johannah White, Xavier University of Louisiana

The availability of open educational resources (OER) has exponentially increased in the last decade. Over 100,000 OER exist in English alone. Learning which websites to use and searching them one after another is a laborious time-consuming process. Using newly created OER search engines can greatly simplify your search process, narrow your options to better quality resources, and save valuable time in class preparation. BYOD and learn in real time!

11:50am - 12:00pm: Questions, answers and reflections on applying lessons learned


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.
Ronald G. Marlow has a career that spans both the public and not for profit sectors. Presently, Ron serves as Vice President for Workforce Development with the National Urban League. In this role, Ron is responsible for the development, delivery and oversight of workforce development programs for which the National Urban League receives funding, and which are delivered by Urban League Affiliates at the local community level. Prior to joining the National Urban League, Ron served as Undersecretary for Workforce Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has also served in the following roles: Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency; Assistant Secretary for Access and Opportunity for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Director of the Development Cabinet in the Executive Office of the Governor; and, as Chief Operating Officer at Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation. Committed to community service, Ron has served on the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Law Reform Institute; the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, the Center for Women Enterprise, the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, the Massachusetts Community Development Finance Corporation, and others. Ron has been recognized for his outstanding leadership and accomplishments. Among the awards received include: the NAACP’s distinguished “Keeper of the Flame” award; the Small Business Administration’s Minority Business Champion award (for both the state of Massachusetts and the New England Region), and a host of other awards and recognitions. Ron earned his MS in Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University and his bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University.
Johannah White is currently the OER/Instruction and Liaison Librarian at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. She is active in OER initiatives on campus and in the state of Louisiana. Previously, she held the posts of Reference Librarian/Instruction Coordinator at Xavier University of Louisiana as well Reference and Instruction Librarian for Humanities at Tulane University. She graduated with a B.A. in Russian language and literature from the University of Kansas and a MLS from Indiana University, Bloomington.

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