HBCU Summit: AL$ Tools: MERLOT and SkillsCommons and your Customized AL$ Portal

Concurrent Session 7

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1:15pm - 2:30pm: AL$ Tools: MERLOT and SkillsCommons and your Customized AL$ Portal
Gerry Hanley, California State University, MERLOT, SkillsCommons
Leslie Kennedy, California State University, MERLOT, SkillsCommons


Gerard L. Hanley Ph.D. is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Technology Services and the Executive Director of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, www.merlot.org) for the California State University, Office of the Chancellor. At the CSU, Gerry oversees the management of systemwide academic technology initiatives including digital library services, course redesign with technology, affordable learning solutions, accessible technology, and Cal State Online, serving CSU's 23 campuses and 481,000 students. At MERLOT, he directs the development and sustainability of the international consortium and technology strategy to provide open educational services to improve teaching and learning. He is the Director of SkillsCommons, the US Department of Labor's open repository of educational resources for workforce development. Gerry's previous positions include professor of psychology, director of faculty development, and director of strategy planning at CSU, Long Beach.
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$.

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