HBCU Summit: An Institutional Approach to AL$ at Bethune-Cookman University

Concurrent Session 3
Streamed Session HBCU MERLOT

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Brief Abstract

This portion of the HBCU summit includes overviews from Bethune-Cookman University presenters of their AL$ projects.  Presenters will then discuss their project with summit participants, followed by discussions about applying Bethune Cookman University's strategies to your campus.

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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.
Adelia Esperanza Parrado-Ortiz, (PhD in Spanish from Florida International University, 2007) is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Bethune-Cookman University, since 2016. She was born in Bogotá, Colombia and has lived in the United States of America for more than 30 years where she married and had her three perfectly bilingual daughters. Dr. Parrado-Ortiz has accumulated almost nineteen years of experience teaching Spanish Language and Culture to college students and adult learners in Miami for her alma mater, Florida International University (2003-2008); also she taught for eight years in Hickory, NC for Lenoir-Rhyne University before coming back to Florida to work for B-CU. She currently teaches face-to-face and fully online Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture courses. Most recently, Dr. Parrado-Ortiz is working on several research projects related to Hispanic Studies and Literary Criticism of different genres and periods. She is also the leader of the B-CU’s Study Abroad to Spain program and is working on publishing her dissertation as a book with the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia.

Extended Abstract

  •  “A Case Study of the B-CU Open Sources Project: Course MLS 131, Breaking Down the Barriers of Accessibility and Affordability" -  Presenter:  Adelia Esperanza Parrado-Ortiz, Bethune-Cookman University
  •  “Development and Facilitation of OER Financial and Managerial Accounting Classes – Our Journey” -  Presenters:  Michelle Troian and Amy Williams, Bethune-Cookman University