HBCU Summit: Progress Around The HBCU Community - Part 1

Concurrent Session 5
Streamed Session HBCU MERLOT

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Brief Abstract

Each presenter provides an overview of their project and then discuss their project with summit participants.  

  • "Learning without Barriers" - Presenter:  D'Nita Andrews Graham, Norfolk State University
  • "HBCU Faculty as Instructional Designers" - Presenter:  Sheila Witherspoon, South Carolina State University

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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.
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.
Dr. Sheila Witherspoon is an Associate Professor in Counselor Education at South Carolina State University in the Department of Human Services. Dr. Witherspoon received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of South Carolina; and her Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts degree from South Carolina State University. She is currently a student in the M.S. Ed. in Instructional Design, with a concentration in Online Learning at Capella University, and has been an online doctoral educator for over 10 years in the areas of counseling, psychology, human services and organizational psychology. Her expertise in higher education in both academic (masters and doctoral) and college student affairs (admissions counselor and recruiter and academic advising) as well as K-12 education (school counseling) spans over 25 years. The qualitative action researcher studies culturally responsive instructional design in online learning - particularly in courses designed to enhance cultural competence through the examination of microaggressions and cultural humility in counseling relationships; and the impact of school climate on school counselor advocacy. She gives back to her community by participating in counseling, education, and civic organizations such as the American Counseling Association, Black Doctoral Network, Inc., Southern Regional Education Board, Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors, Palmetto State School Counseling Association (South Carolina) New Brunswick Education Foundation (NJ) and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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