Academic Technology Institute & Open Education Initiative
Each year ten GSC faculty participate in the USNH Academic Technology Institute in late May. In 2016, the ATI was integrated with the USNH Open Education (OE) Initiative and the participating faculty, OE Ambassadors, proposed and will implement an OE project in the 2016-2017 academic year. These projects will include Open Educational Resources (OER), Open Pedagogy (OP) and/or Open Access Journals (OAJ). See the OE Ambassador Projects 2016 page for more information about their projects. These GSC projects along with those from KSC, PSU and UNH will be evaluated for pedagogical impact and costs savings
School of Education
The Lead Faculty at the School of Education at Granite State College have undertaken a revision of course resources over the past 2 years to include a wider range of Open Education Resources, in an effort to provide more current resources to students on a term to term basis as well as to offset the cost of textbooks associated with the teacher certification programs. The GSC Library has been instrumental in helping to identify these resources, which present a challenge in terms of identification and evaluation, and the Lead Faculty maintain ongoing course updates based on changes in availability of identified OERs.
The GSC Library has been working with faculty for about 2 years to find quality free resources that support their classes. These resources may be full-blown Open Educational Resources (OER) teaching modules, or more commonly, resources that may be developed into local teaching modules. All resources are gathered into research guides, either for specific courses, or more general discipline-specific guides. See the Open Educational and Access Resources.
Since a major faculty obstacle to using OERs is the time it takes to find and evaluate them, a logical extension of the Library's work will be to assist faculty in identifying and evaluating these resources. As we begin to develop our own OERs the Library will begin to integrate them into our library collection of digital assets.