HBCU Summit: Making Google G-Suite Work for Online Course Management

Concurrent Session 1

Brief Abstract

1:00pm - 1:15pm: Lunchtime Reflections with Robbie

1:15pm - 1:50pm: Making Google G-Suite Work for Online Course Management
El hadji Mamadou Nguer, Virtual University of Senegal
Oumar Demba Mbodji, Virtual University of Senegal
Alassane Diop, Virtual University of Senegal
Moustapha Diack, Southern University System of Louisiana - USA

Time management and course notifications in virtual universities with significant student numbers has always been a real problem, especially in terms of designing automation of course scheduling and reminders targeting learners, facilitators and tutors. This is the case of the Virtual University of Senegal which has nearly 30,000 students, more than 1000 teachers and tutors, more than 100 different course schedules created and manually updated on a daily basis, then integrated into Moodle training platforms for download, and no automatic tool for managing its timetables and notification to teachers, tutors and students. We present a solution to these problems consisting of using Google Suite to help manage scheduling and notification processes within the Moodle Learning Management System.

1:50pm - 2:00pm: Questions, answers and reflections on applying lessons learned


Elhadji Mamadou Nguer holds a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Computer Science option Digital library from the University of Paris IV Orsay, a Professional Master II in Mathematical Engineering and Computer Tools from the University of Pau (France), Master II in Applied Mathematics option numerical analyzes from Pierre and Marie Curie University Paris VI and a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Saint Louis. Teacher-Researcher from 2004 to 2018 at Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis, Senegal. From 2012 to 2016, Coordinator of the CFPP (Multidisciplinary Vocational Training Center) of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology of the Gaston-Berger University of Saint-Louis. Coordinator of Google Search translation Wolof at Gaston-Berger University at 2010 and at 2012 Moderator of Wolof language translation of Microsoft tools. Currently Professor-Researcher and Head of the Computer Sciences Masters of the Virtual University of Senegal (UVS). His areas of specialization are algorithm and programming, databases, digital library system, mobile computing, natural language processing, deep learning for machine translation.
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.

Additional Authors

Alassane Diop holds a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Computer Science option telematics and networks from the University of Geneva, a Master II in Information System from the University of Geneva and a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Saint Louis. Professor and researcher in telematics and networks from the University of Geneva from 1999 to 2004, he contributed in this same period to research activities as part of the virtual campus project LICEF (TELUQ - Québec university , Montréal) from 2004 to 2006, Professor-researcher at the University of Saint Louis from 2006 to 2008, associate researcher at the research center LICEF since January 2009; data management manager of the University Hospital of Montreal (CRCHUM) - Chair in Environmental Epidemiology of Population Health from 2009 to 2012. He has been appointed Associate Professor at the University of Laval, Quebec since June 2012. Teacher-Researcher from 2012 to 2017 at Alioune Diop University in Bambey, Senegal, Director of the Institute of Distance Learning (IFOAD-UADB) from 2015 to 2017. National Coordinator Senegal Africa Code Week since September 2015. Currently Professor-Researcher and Director of the Training and Pedagogical Engineering (DFIP) of the Virtual University of Senegal (UVS). His areas of specialization are networks, computer security, databases, tele-labs, distance learning, wireless systems, mobile computing, operating systems and IT project management.
Oumar MBODJI holds a Doctorate (Ph.D.) degree in applied mathematics in the University of Toulon and Var, France in December 1997, a Graduate degree of Pedagogy and engineering of FOAD, in the University of Toulouse, France in July 2014, and a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Applied mathematics in the University of Aix-Marseille II at France in July 2016. He was an attached temporary in teaching and research at Toulon and Var University, France, from October 1996 to July 1998, the Coordinator of the Multi-Disciplinary Professional Training Center of Gaston Berger University of Saint Louis from March 2006 to December 2011, the Director of the Institute of Open and Distance Training at Gaston Berger University of Saint Louis, from October 2011 to April 2014, and since January 2018 he is the Headmaster of the Pole, Sciences, Technology and Digital at the Virtual University of Senegal. His fields of teaching and research are: Algebra and its applications, Algebraic number theory, Algebraic code theory, and Engineering and pedagogy of FOAD.

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