HBCU Summit: Progress Around The HBCU Community - Part 2

Concurrent Session 7
Streamed Session HBCU MERLOT

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

  • "Building Bridges Between Underrepresented Students and Their Future Through an Online Open Source Mentor Training Program" - Presenters:  Tiera Coston and Karen Nichols, Xavier University of Louisiana
  • "Where Destiny Meets Legacy:  Open Educational Resource (OER) Pilot Project in Introduction to Effective Oral Communication Course" - Presenter:  Dr. Kekeli Nuviadenu, Bethune-Cookman University

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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.
Karen N. Nichols is the Distance Education Coordinator at Xavier University of Louisiana. She holds a doctorate in Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been involved in distance education for over twenty years at the secondary and post-secondary levels. She has developed and taught online courses in French and Spanish and has conducted numerous workshops and mentoring training sessions for online instructors on such diverse topics as accessibility, providing excellent student feedback and using avatars. Of particular importance, is OER (Online Educational Resources) and she is a member of the steering committee of HBCU-Innovate. Xavier has just partnered with MERLOT to bring AL$ (Affordable Learning Solutions) to the campus. Dr. Nichols holds memberships in POD (Professional and Organizational Network of Higher Education), and Francophonie des Amériques. She is part of Xavier’s Center for Continuing Studies and Distance Education (http://xula.edu/ccsde/) and assists the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development (http://cat.xula.edu/). She is training faculty in using Brightspace and is the lead on implementing SLATE for Graduate Admissions.
I am currently, Chair/Associate Professor with Tenure in the department of Communication Studies, Theatre, & Dance of the School of Performing Arts and Communication at the Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida; and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Online. I earned a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture at the Howard University, Washington, DC.; an MA in Mass Communication at the Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; and a BA in English & Religion concurrently with a diploma in Education at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. In 2010 I received the Special Award namely "The Robert B. and Mary Alice Massey Faculty Member of the Year" (2009-2010) at the Bethune-Cookman University. My research interest and specialization include International Communication, Global Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Speech Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Mass Communication; as well as the application of Qualitative, Quantitative and Triangulation research methods. I am an active participant as reviewer, chair, and panelist in the ICA Divisions of Mass Communication, Communication and Technology, Global Communication and Social Change, Health Communication, and Instructional and Developmental Communication; National Communication Association, NCA and the Association for Education in Journalism Mass Communication, AEJMC. Finally, I like to listen to various types of music including Jazz, Reggae, Classical, and Contemporary, with clean lyrics! I enjoy viewing movies especially non-fiction or based on true stories; some sports like soccer, athletics, football, and basketball. Playing ping-pong is what I prefer for a work-out though walking and some gym work are okay!

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