Wiley announces new Center for Excellence in Distance Learning

Updated: 3/12/2014 2:20 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

Wiley College, Oakwood University, Florida Memorial University and
Lumen Learning Collaborate to Help Online Education Thrive at HBCUs

New Center for Excellence in Distance Learning at Wiley College Uses Open
Educational Resources to Support Faculty and Student Success


MARSHALL, Texas (March 11, 2014) – At a time when many small colleges, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), struggle with a successful approach to online learning, The Center for Excellence in Distance Learning at Wiley College is forging a new path. Tapping into the wealth of high quality open education resources (OER) available today, the Center is working with OER services provider Lumen Learning to tailor online courses to the unique needs of HBCUs and the students they serve.

“Distance learning creates inherent challenges for small colleges where the educational experience is grounded in personal relationships that cultivate scholarship and leadership among the students we serve,” said Dr. Haywood L. Strickland, President and CEO of Wiley College. “We established the Center for Excellence in Distance Learning to encourage collaboration and innovation in online learning within the HBCU community, and open educational resources are essential to our approach.”

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