We invite you to join us for the 4th Annual HBCU Affordable Learning Summit!


D’Nita Andrews Graham, Norfolk State University, 2020 HBCU Affordable Learning Summit Program Committee

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Date: June 15-24 2020
Location: Zoom Virtual Platform

All 105 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the United States are invited to join us and learn from so many brilliant minds at the HBCU Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Summit, featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Michael L. Torrence, the President of Motlow State Community College. You’ll also catch (AL$) superstar Drs. Moustapha Diack, Karen N. Nichols, Robbie Melton, and Gerry Hanley. 

The Southern University System (SUS), the HBCUs AL$ Research Network, the California State University, and MERLOT will share practices, strategies, and resources for reducing the costs of instructional materials for students, making higher education more affordable for more students in Historically Black Universities (HBCUs) in the United States, as well as in Higher Education Institutions in Africa and across the globe. Leaders from Southern University System (SUS) of Louisiana, Tennessee State University, and California State University/MERLOT will facilitate a series of leadership sessions, strategic planning, and hands-on workshops that will be embedded in the annual OLC Innovate Virtual Conference co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and MERLOT.

Join us to get answers to these questions:

  • How do I find free and open educational resources?
  • How do I support faculty adopting free and open educational resources?
  • How can I design and deploy my own Affordable Learning Solutions program?
  • How can I support the institutionalization of quality online hybrid education?

Bonus! The HBCU Summit is included in the cost of registration for OLC Innovate 2020. The conference is designed with exciting tracks including presentations by national experts on:

  • Effective Tools, Toys, and Technologies 
  • Leadership and Advocacy 
  • Processes, Problems, and Practices 
  • Open Learning
  • Research: Designs, Methods, and Findings
  • Teaching and Learning Practice 
  • Lifelong Learning and Workforce Partnerships

There is a lot to look forward to during the 2020 OLC Innovate Virtual Conference and HBCU Summit. See what awaits you and plan your momentum-building virtual getaway by using our agenda, now posted live! Explore the full schedule. I will be there as one of Norfolk State University’s (NSU) Green and Gold Advocates! I hope you will be there too!

Your turn

What will you miss? I suspect a lot, as there are many sessions each day and you want to be a part of them. I would enjoy hearing about your plans to attend! Join the conversation by following #OLCInnovate or contact HBCU 2020 Summit Chair Moustapha Diack at hbcu_summit@sus.edu with any questions.

Learn more and register.


D’Nita Andrews Graham, Norfolk State University, 2020 HBCU Affordable Learning Summit Program Committee

D’Nita Andrews Graham is an assistant professor of Computer Science at Norfolk State University (NSU). She is the torchbearer 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.


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