HBCU Summit: Smart Approaches to Professional Development for Enabling College Affordability using Open Education Resources (OER)

Concurrent Session 6

Brief Abstract

11:15am - 11:50am: Smart Approaches to Professional Development for Enabling College Affordability using Open Education Resources (OER)
Mary Adewunmi, Southern University System
Chrisena Brown, Southern University System
Moustapha Diack, Southern University System

The Southern University System of Louisiana is currently piloting a system-wide Professional Development Institute (PDI) enabling rapid adoption of Affordable Learning Solutions using OER. This presentation will discuss the PDI design, the implementation strategies and the lessons learned leading to the development of OER-based courses and programs.

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.
Chrisena Brown currently serves as the Coordinator of Learning Management System/Web Services for Southern University and A&M College and leads faculty development and training on using the institution’s Learning Management System, Moodle. She assists faculty with course design and with integrating various innovative practices in face-to-face and online courses that engages learners and improves teaching skills. Chrisena received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Southern University and A&M College; and her Master’s Degree of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is currently working to obtain her Doctorate in Management of Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix with a special concentration in Information Technology Systems.

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