HBCU Summit: AL$ Tools (cont'd) & "Rims, Wheels, and Tires: Customizing your OER for a Smooth Ride"

Concurrent Session 8

Brief Abstract

1:15pm - 2:30pm: AL$ Tools: MERLOT and SkillsCommons and your Customized AL$ Portal (Continued from previous concurrent session) 
Gerry Hanley, California State University, MERLOT, SkillsCommons
Leslie Kennedy, California State University, MERLOT, SkillsCommons

2:30pm - 3:00pm:  Rims, Wheels, and Tires: Customizing Your OER for a Smooth Ride
Johannah White, Xavier University of Louisiana
Tanya Spilovoy​, WCET

Interested in using OER for a class? Not sure how to start? Learn from an OER librarian about the steps to find, evaluate, and modify OER to work in your class environment and with your course outcomes. Preview the sources, evaluation rubrics, software, and licensing appropriate for your classroom situation. Bring your questions, course materials, ISBN numbers, etc.


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.
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$.
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.
Tanya Spilovoy, Ed.D. leads instruction for SPARC’s Open Education Leadership Program, a first-of-its-kind professional development program to empower librarians as leaders for successful open education initiatives. Tanya designed the program’s curriculum and innovative format that blends online, peer-to-peer and project based learning. Tanya has a two-decade career in higher education leadership, during which she has led numerous education technology and open education initiatives. Currently, she serves as Director of Open Policy for WCET, where she leads the Z Initiative which focuses on the policy, practice, and implementation of Open Educational Resources in states, systems, and higher education institutions. Previously, she served as the Director of Distance Education and State Authorization at the North Dakota University System where she also led a statewide OER Initiative. Tanya received her B.A. in English from Union College, a M.A. in Education from Hamline University, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Organizational Change from Benedictine University.

Extended Abstract