HBCU Summit: Welcome To The HBCU AL$ Summit

Concurrent Session 4
Streamed Session HBCU MERLOT

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Summit Objectives:

  • Share lessons learned at HBCUs about how to Implement AL$ and recognize accomplishments of HBCUs' AL$ programs
  • Support HBCUs developing plans for their AL$ programs and provide professional development for people who will become leaders of AL$ on their campus
  • Develop networks of HBCU members who can connect and enjoy each other's company



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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.
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.
D'Nita Andrews Graham is an assistant professor of Computer Science at Norfolk State University (NSU). She is the torch bearer for several courses that she manages. Dr. Andrews Graham started an eternal flame in becoming Norfolk State University's first certified online instructor, award winning Distinguished Exemplary University Teaching Faculty and Cengage author. Dr. Andrews Graham is the recipient of the Stanford University Fellow for the d. school Teaching and Learning Studio (2019), OLC Digital Learning Innovation Award (2018), Blackboard MVP (2017). D’Nita earned her Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Instructional Technology and Distance Education. D’Nita is committed to teaching students to wonder, ask questions, become critical thinkers, independent learners and nurtured that development into scholars, educators, and professionals. D’Nita is an e-Learning aficionado and loves integrating technology into the teaching and learning process. If there is a technology tool that will align facilitating and learning pedagogical strategies in the 21st Century, D’Nita will be one of the first to implement it.
Robbie K. Melton, Ph.D. Is a tenured professor and transitional dean of Graduate School for Tennessee State University. She is also founder and CEO of ‘RobbieTech4Teach’ and formally (20 years) Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization Emerging Technology for Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) assigned to develop the system’s Strategic Emerging IOE Technology Planning and provide system-wide Professional Development and Faculty Training related to education technology support and services for teaching, learning, training, and workforce development, product testing, pilots and research. Melton is currently overseeing research regarding the ‘Emerging Technology of The Internet of Everything (IoE) of Smart Connected Devices and Mixed Reality Technologies’ (VR/AR/Holograms/Wearables) for enhancing teaching, improving learning, and increasing workforce productivity; curating IOE Smart Educational Devices, Gadgets, and Tools; and primary investigator for HBCU OER Affordable Learning Solutions Pilots and OER Workforce Skills Commons

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