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Workshops

The SkillsCommons-MERLOT SoftChalk Webinar Series

SkillsCommons-MERLOT offered a special five-event series on how to use SoftChalk as a tool to use, revise, reuse, and share your OER. See slide decks and recorded webinars via the following link.

Webinar Series Resources Page

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Visit our Technology Partner site for more details of the expertise our partners offer!

What's Ahead?

Good News! 

We are currently  designing Office Hour Round Table Sessions! These Office Hour Sessions will provide you opportunities to ask questions about anything HBCU AL$ related. Dates coming soon!


Have a topic request? Just let us know! We can do that. Drop a note to maria.fieth@csulb.edu

Initial Workshop Dates


HBCU AL$ Project Webinar Series

Join us for Awareness and Skill Development in OER including Finding, Using, Revising, Reusing, Reviewing and Vetting Processes, Sharing, Licensing, and Making Magic with Technology Partners! Whew...it's all here!

Scroll down for the latest workshop date and details!

Creating an OER Mindset: Planning Your AL$ Project

April 27th, 3:30 - 4:30 CT - Slides included below. Watch for an archived version of this webinar. In order to fulfill Hewlett grant deliverables, all HBCU AL$ project institutions are required to attend regularly scheduled webinars.

Measuring Impact Slide Deck

Video:Topic: Planning Your AL$ Project


Special Session: Embedding OER into D2L

May 4th, 3:30 - 4:30 CT - Watch for an archived version of this webinar - posted here within five business days of the event. In order to fulfill Hewlett grant deliverables, all HBCU AL$ project institutions are required to attend regularly scheduled webinars. However, Speical Sessions are considered optional, and all are welcome.

Embedding Your OER into D2L Slide Deck

Video: Special Session: Embedding OER into D2L

Embedding OER into Coursework; 

Making Magic with Tech Tools to Improve & Use OER

May 11th 3:30 - 4:30 CT - Download the archived version of this webinar posted here. In order to fulfill Hewlett grant deliverables, all HBCU AL$ project institutions are required to attend regularly scheduled webinars.

ecoText HBCU ALS.pdf

Video: Embedding OER into the Coursework Syllabus; Making Magic: Tech Tools to Improve and Use OER

NEW! Special Session: Embedding OER into Canvas

May 18th, 3:30 - 4:30 CT - Watch for an archived version of this webinar - posted here within five business days of the event. In order to fulfill Hewlett grant deliverables, all HBCU AL$ project institutions are required to attend regularly scheduled webinars. However, Speical Sessions are considered optional, and all are welcome.

Embedding OER into Canvas Slide Deck

MERLOT Basics

May 25th 3:30 - 4:30 CT - Learn to use MERLOT tools and OER to create stronger courseware. Dr. Gerry Hanley  and your HBCU AL$ supporting teams share the essentials of this rich, time-tested tool.

Slide Deck: EXPLORING THE MERLOT VINEYARD FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING 5-25-2021.pptx

Recorded Webinar: Making Magic: Tech Tools to Improve and Use OER

MERLOT: Getting Involved in Ways That Count!

June 8th, 3:30 - 4:30 CT A Deeper dive into MERLOT and the exciting world of MERLOT's Editorial Boards with Jane Moore as your guide.

Recorded Webinar: MERLOT: Getting involved in Ways That it Count!

MERLOT: The Deeper Dive Continues

June 15th, 3:30 - 4:30 CT We continue our deeper dive into MERLOT and the exciting world of MERLOT's Editorial Boards with Jane Moore as your guide.

Bookmark Collection as Sample: https://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewBookmarkCollection.htm?id=1381257  

Slide Deck: Webinar June 15.pdf


Personalizing Your OER Collection : Breakout Sessions by Disciplines

June 29th, 3:30 - 4:40 CT  You are approaching MERLOT Pro Status! Led by MERLOT Editors, we continue our deeper dive into MERLOT and the signficant return in personalizing your own MERLOT collections. 

Slide Deck: HBCU 6.29.2021.pdf


You As the Webmaster, Part 1

July 13th, 3:30 - 4:30 CT  Now you can easily build your own Faculty Showcase. Let us show you how with Content Builder!

Building Your Own Website with Content Builder

Video: Building Your Own Website with Content Builder

Recorded Webinar https://1drv.ms/u/s!ApxZFPD9zEnqhZUT56a2XooQOMBLSA?e=I0jLRG

You As Webmaster, Part 2

July 27th, 3:30 - 4:30 CT  A deeper dive into building your own Faculty Showcase. Let us show you how with Content Builder!

Step by Step Instructions for Building your own Faculty Showcase: creating a faculty showcase.docx

A Walkthrough for Using Content Builder to create your own Fcaulty Showcase A Walkthrough the HBCU Showcase Content Builder.pdf

Making Magic with SoftChalk: Tech Tools to Improve and Use OER

August 10th, 3:30 - 4:30 CT  Join the conversation and demonstrations with  SoftChalk expert, David Evans, who will share tools, tips, and tricks for making use and reuse of OER that much easier! 

Get a Head Start! Register for a FREE 30 Day Trial of SoftChalk and learn more about the SoftChalk sharing site at https://www.softchalkcloud.com/

Video: Making Magic with SoftChalk: Tech Tools to improve and Use OER

Math Navigator: Recapturing Learning Lost during COVID

September 7th, 3:30 - 4:30 CT. Join MERLOT-SkillsCommons partners from Gooru and learn how your institution can successfully and strategically recapture math skills lost by students during and prior to the COVID pandemic. The best part? Gooru offers low and no cost options for Math Navigator. MERLOT- SkillsCommons partnerships are bringing you very smart and affordable solutions to very real challenges in higher education today.


Learn about Gooru's Math Navigator: A free, online, intelligent app for your phone or computer that will generate an individualized pathway and provide highly curated, personalized suggestions to help each learner reach their math goals.

HBCU AL$ program and Math Navigator:  Incoming freshman will be more challenged in their first year college experience because of the COVID pandemic. Many students lost learning opportunities and lost some skills and knowledge that they had at the start of the senior year in high school. Math skills are one specific area where learning was lost and the Math skill area is one of the major challenges for first year students in college. The Math Navigator is a service that is already used by millions of students around the world.  It has been developed by Gooru, a non-profit organization that has been a partner with MERLOT and SkillsCommons for the past 3 years.  


Making Magic with O'Donnell Learn: Tech Tools to Improve and Use OER

September 21st, 3:30 - 4:30 CT.  Join the conversation and demonstrations with  O'Donnell Learn, while they share tools, tips, and tricks for making using and reusing OER that much easier! 

Register Here!

Faculty Showcase: Resident Experts Share Tips

October 5th and November 9th, 3:30 - 4:30 CT. Our very own OER HUB Leaders share how they designed and implemented Open Educational Resources in their classrooms and how they built and use their Faculty Showcases. Hear from your peers about how OER and Faculty Showcases are enhancing the teaching and learning experience.

Register Here!



Round Table Office Hours: Ask the Experts

Start Date TBD, 3:30 - 4:30 CT. This event is the first in a series we will offer over the next several months. Each Round Table Office Hour Workshop will offer up to five breakout rooms where participants can problem solve with an expert in up to three topics each session. Here's a chance to get your questions answered regarding the HBCU AL$ project. All are welcome! Bring your colleagues and your questions about: 

  1. Finding and Using OER in Your Courses
  2. OER Makeovers
  3. Building Your Own MERLOT Collections
  4. MERLOT Editorial Boards
  5. Developing Your Faculty Showcase
  6. Creating a Sustainable AL$ Program at Your Institution
  7. Meet with Partners like ecoText, SoftChalk, Gooru, and O'Donnell Learn

Register Here!