The University System of New Hampshire’s (USNH) Academic Technology Steering Committee was created in 2009 to create a sustainable support system to encourage and support faculty in the creation and integration of rich media resources in their courses to enhance the teaching and learning. The activities of this committee are funded through the Long Range Technology Plan.
This committee is a collaboration of the Academic Affairs and Academic Technology units at each of the four colleges/universities: Granite State College, Keene State College, Plymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire. The members include faculty and the Academic Technology Directors from all of the institutions.
The charge of the committee is to find ways in which together they can support faculty in using technology and integrating rich media into their courses. Rich media is defined broadly as web-based interactive media which engages the user.
Through the efforts of the ATSC, the following programs & platforms were adopted on all of the campuses:
- Kaltura, a streaming media platform: Kaltura is like a private YouTube which provides a place for faculty and students to upload their video & audio files to be used in their courses. It can be integrated with most learning management systems.
- Blackboard Collaborate, a web-conferencing tool: Bb Collaborate allows faculty and students to meet synchronously via the web using audio, video, presentation whiteboard and many other features to enhance the learning environment. It also allows for session recording for those who are not able to attend the live session. This tool can also be integrated into most learning management systems.
- Qualtrics, an online research and survey suite of tools: Qualtric allows faculty and staff to build their own surveys for research and evaluation.
The challenge still remained: how do you begin the dialogue and prepare faculty to think about using rich media in their courses?
The Academic Technology Institute (ATI) was established in 2011 to bring faculty together to address this challenge. Each institution selects 10 faculty from diverse disciplines to participate in this four day event.
At the ATI, faculty explore the pedagogy and tools as well as new thinking around using technology in the classroom. In addition, faculty are given the opportunity to interact and work together with their colleagues across the institutions.
On the last day of the ATI, faculty present their projects. The institute is an annual event which is hosted by one of the USNH institutions:
- 2011: Granite State College, Conway
- 2012: Keene State College
- 2013: Plymouth State College
- 2014: University of New Hampshire
- 2015: Granite State College, Concord
- 2016: Keene State College
- 2017 Plymouth State University
The USNH Academic Technology Steering Committee meets monthly to explore ways in which the University System of NH can further support faculty in their use of technology.