The future of digital learning at Historically Black Colleges and Universities goes far beyond technology. It requires the harder-to-capture elements of culture and pedagogy that create a new student experience that drives Black student excellence, and it’s broader than teaching and learning. Successful digital programs give students purpose, momentum, structure, and support. These elements work together to create the technical and cultural infrastructure for the future of learning.

Join CCA and the partners of the HBCU Digital Learning Infrastructure (DLI) Initiative for a readout on the latest insights and innovations, informed by months-long, in-depth research into what’s working—and what’s next. You’ll hear from experts and campus leaders working to shape the ways institutions, technologists, and philanthropy work together to invest in the policies, practices, and perspectives that will accelerate the unmatched success of Black students at HBCUs.



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Full Agenda

April 21, 2022

HBCU DLI Convening: Day 1 | The Candler Hotel Atlanta

11:30 am – 12:15 pm  Welcome to Atlanta! Opening Remarks + Networking Lunch 

We are thrilled to welcome an incredible group of luminaries and leaders for two full days of reflection, dialogue, and dreaming about the future of digital learning and culture at HBCUs. Join us as we take a bird’s-eye view of the project to date and the agenda for the convening. 

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm  Students At the Center: The HBCU Experience & Digital Future 

Students are the reason for our work. They are our inspiration and our why. As we kick-off the convening, this panel will center the experiences and perspectives of students- and lay a foundation for our thinking about digital learning infrastructure. 

1:05 pm – 2:00 pm  Previewing the DLI Strategy: Themes & Insights 

Over the last 6 months – across interviews, focus groups, site visits & workshops –initiative partners have shared insights about the current state of digital learning at HBCUs and what’s possible for the future. The CCA team will share a draft framework to guide thinking, investment, and action. 

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm  Reflecting on the DLI Strategy: What Stands Out & What’s Missing? 

We will work together in small groups to reflect on the DLI strategic framework, focusing on what stood out and what might be missing. These reflections will help us round out the insights that will guide our work going forward.

3:00 pm – 3:20 pm  Snack Break 
3:20 pm – 3:40 pm  Measuring What Counts: DLI Data & Metrics  
3:40 pm – 5:00 pm  Refining the DLI Strategy: Potential for Impact & Priorities 

Building on our reflections, we’ll turn a critical eye to the research themes to evaluate their potential for impact. We will also work to discuss prioritization to ensure we align potential with urgency. 

5:10pm – 5:30 pm  From Strategy to Action: Priorities for Investment & Collaboration 

We invite HBCU teams to use this time for reflection, discussion, and integration of the conversations from the day. Each team will be joined by members of the CCA team and the advisory council to facilitate the conversation and gather feedback. 

Networking Reception

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm  HBCU DLI Mix, Mingle & Dine 

Join us as we deepen connections with colleagues and friends while touring the museum. 

April 22, 2022

HBCU DLI Convening: Day 2 | The Candler Hotel Atlanta

8:00 am – 8:40 am  Breakfast
8:50 am – 9:00 am  DLI Snapshot: Faculty Perspective 
9:00 am – 9:35 am   Coppin State University: Building A Campus Culture of Digital Success 

Hear from initiative participants from Coppin State on the successes of their DLI work to date – and the opportunities for expanding impact and innovation.

9:45 am – 10:30 am   Leadership Unfiltered: Skeptics, Optimists & The New Digital Imperative 

Institutional leadership is critical to digital learning success. This panel will focus on the role of leadership in driving the digital learning agenda by aligning policy, perspective, and practice – including a special focus on investments in HBCUs from a federal government perspective. 

10:45 am – 11:15 am  Equipping Changemakers at Every Level 

Transformation happens through the actions of leaders at all levels of the institution. Through role-based breakouts, we’ll work to identify the resources, tools, and professional development needed to sustain digital learning infrastructure. 

11:25 am – 12:00 pm  From Now to Next: The Future of DLI 

As we confront the immediate opportunities and challenges for DLI, we can begin to imagine possible futures at the intersection at technology and teaching and learning. 

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm  Informing the Strategy: Lunch Conversation with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

Engage with foundation leaders to understand their perspective, shape the vision for DLI, discuss then the future of the strategy. 

12:50 pm – 1:30 pm  Campus Team Time: Mapping Technology 

Institutions will participate in a mapping activity to identify technology on their campus and opportunities for alignment, guided by CCA’s student success pillars. Teams will also brainstorm possible solutions to fill existing gaps. 

1:30 pm – 1:40 pm 

(available until 3:30 pm) 

Snack Break 
1:40 pm – 1:50 pm  DLI Snapshot: Leadership 
1:50 pm – 2:15 pm  Beyond HBCUs: Reaching Institutions Everywhere to Impact Student Success 

Even as we center HBCUs in this work, we know the challenges of digital learning infrastructure exist across the postsecondary sector. This panel will consider how insights and strategies from this work can inform digital learning practice and culture beyond HBCUs. 

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm  Aligning with Other Strategies to Amplify Impact 

We’ll hear about parallel initiatives and investments – with a focus on showcasing emerging learnings and considering ways to align the DLI strategy with on-going work. 

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm  A Call to Action 

As our time together comes to a close, Complete College America will share recommendations for on-going planning, investment, collaboration and action. 

HBCU Digital Learning Infrastructure Convening: COVID-19 Guidelines

Complete College America is committed to providing a safe environment. All participants including attendees, speakers, volunteers, and CCA staff are expected to abide by the following policies and procedures.

  • Guests will be required to show proof of full COVID vaccination or negative COVID test from a maximum of 72 hours before the summit. “Full vaccination” means that either 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of FDA or WHO authorized (or emergency use authorized) double-dose or single-dose vaccines.
  • Proof of vaccination or negative test will be checked at registration.
  • All participants of the HBCU DLI Convening will be required to wear a secure mask covering the nose and mouth during the event. Masks must be worn at all times except while actively eating, drinking, presenting, or in an outdoor space.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the meeting space.
  • We ask that you do not attend the HBCU DLI Convening if you have tested positive for COVID-19 (with or without symptoms), are awaiting test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

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