Episode 6: Dr. Gerry Hanley, Opening Learning for All by Serving Stone Soup Globally

Published: Jul 14 2020

Dr. Gerry Hanley is the director of the California State University Long Beach Center for Usability in Design and Accessibility (CUDA), executive director at MERLOT and SkillsCommons, and an emeritus professor of psychology. Prof. Hanley will open up this year’s USDLA national conference with a keynote presentation titled “Opening Learning for All by Serving Stone Soup Globally”. In the keynote, Dr. Haney will talk about how free and open educational resources and services are being used to expand access to education for diverse communities nationally and internationally, which can improve equitable access to sustainable employment. The Stone Soup folktale serves as an effective change management strategy for digital and distance education by providing inclusive methods that leverage free and open educational resources and services.

In this podcast episode, Gerry offers insights into open education resources (OER), framing OER in a global context and highlighting both MERLOT (www.merlot.org) and SkillsCommons (www.SkillsCommons.org) - two indispensable OER resources for today’s educational institutions and workforce. Among other fascinating thoughts, Gerry also graciously offered keen insights into change management, explaining how the adoption of OER in a higher-education institution, for example, has ripple effects touching just about every office on campus, and benefitting everyone from the institution to the faculty and, most importantly, to the student.

To hear Dr. Hanley’s captivating keynote presentation, please join us at this year's July 21 to 24 virtual conference by registering at usdla.org.

In our next episode, we'll be joined by Valery Oleinik, a fellow USDLA board of directors member, gamification expert, and all-around fascinating person, who will preface her USDLA conference presentation by sharing a few soundbites on how we can use gamification to infuse new life into syllabi and, by extension, into any document capturing the essence of a training program.