Open Learning Talks: Open Education, Cultural Collection, and Curation: Focus on HBCUs

College classroom with a Black instructor standing in front of seated Black students who are raising their hands.
March 08, 2022 12:15pm
Open Learning Talks
MIT Community

Learn about how HBCUs are creating a more inclusive canon of OER

About this event

Although more learners and educators continue to adopt and create open education resources (OERs), there has been a dearth of culturally-relevant content created by and curated for underserved and underrepresented populations. In this Open Learning Talk, we’ll hear from members of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and learn about their journey to opening up and creating a more inclusive canon of OER for HBCUs and the world.

This event was free and open to the public. Watch the recording on the OL YouTube channel.

Twitter: #OLTalks


Dr. Effua Ampadu-Moss, Tennessee State University

Dr. Deborah Chisom, Tennessee State University

Dr. Monique Earl-Lewis, Morehouse College

Maria Feith, California State University Long Beach

Dr. Gerry Hanley, California State University Long Beach

Dr. Robert O'Keefe Hassell, Tennessee State University

Dr. Veronica McEachin, Southern University at Shreveport

Dr. Jacqueline McGehee, HBCU Library Network - Arkansas Baptist College

Dr. Arletha McSwain, Central State University

Dr. Jean Medastin, Edward Waters University

Dr. Robbie K. Melton, Tennessee State University

Dr. Sanjay Sarma, MIT Open Learning

Dr. Clarissa West-White, Bethune-Cookman University

Moderated by Curt Newton, MIT OpenCourseWare

The HBCU Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Community Portal ( provides any HBCU free access to the tools, technologies, and some services for them to initiate their own AL$ program and learn from their HBCU colleagues.

Open Learning Talks bring together leaders in learning to discuss new research-based ideas, technologies, and efforts in education, at MIT and around the world. See past and upcoming events in this series.

Image by EpicenterUSA from 2014 HBCU Innovation Summit. CC BY-NC 2.0



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