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Xavier University of Louisiana for Education (XULA4ed) provides a free and open digital library to improve college affordability for students with free etextbooks and educational resources. Having free and immediate access to instructional resources will enable more students to enroll and succeed in more courses as they progress toward graduation in a timelier manner.

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Spotlight on Dr. Thomas Huckaba

Associate Professor, Biology
Xavier University of Louisiana

Dr. Huckaba is currently co-authoring an open-source introductory Biology series. Notice that it is not merely an “e-text” where students are asked to read pages 16-32 online instead of in a hard copy book. No, he and his team are making sure the students engage with the concepts and material from the beginning through projects and problems posed to them. This multi-media learning also features expert lectures, references and resources from women and minority scholars to ensure maximum inclusivity. Dr. Huckaba hopes to have the series ready next year sometime. We’ll be checking back with you in 2019 Dr. Huckaba! For more information, email thuckaba@xula.edu.

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XULA Librarian in SPARC OER program

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Coalition (SPARC) is a national alliance composed of libraries from major universities across the U.S. and Canada “…committed to making Open the default for research and education.” SPARC sponsors nationwide initiatives in Open Access, Open Data, and Open Educational Resources (OER). SPARC also has alliances around the world: SPARC Japan, SPARC Europe, and the newly-launched SPARC Africa.

The SPARC Open Education Leadership Program, now in its second year, has accepted Xavier University of Louisiana librarian, Johannah White, into this year’s cohort. Development of the knowledge, skills, and connections necessary to lead and support OER locally and nationally are program goals. The two-semester sequence will result in the planning and launch of a local OER project.

HBCU Summit on Affordable Learning Solutions

XULA sent two representatives, Johannah White and Karen Nichols, to this year’s HBCU Summit on Affordable Learning Solutions which took place at the OLC/MERLOT Innovate Conference in Nashville Tennessee.

Back row left: Johannah White and Karen Nichols of XULA participated in a panel at the HBCU Summit on Affordable Learning Solutions at this year’s OLC/MERLOT Innovation conference.

Left to right: Moustapha Diack (Southern University System), Allassane Diop (Virtual University of Senegal), Gerry Hanley (CSU MERLOT), Leslie Kennedy (CSU Affordable Learning Solutions), Karen Nichols (XULA) and Mary Adewunmi (SUBR)enjoy the pre-conference day of the HBCU Summit at Fisk University.

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Are you using free eTextbooks in your teaching or your learning? Have you created free eTextbooks? We invite you to catalog these resources in MERLOT. Your colleagues and students around the world will thank you!


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Second: Fill out the online form to Contribute a Material. (It will take about 4 minutes the first time and step-by-step instructions for contributing materials (PDF) to MERLOT are available).


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