The University System of New Hampshire (USNH) is comprised of Granite State CollegeKeene State CollegePlymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire. Representatives from each institution's academic technology and academic affairs departments make up the USNH Academic Technology Steering Committee, a sustainable support system that encourages and supports faculty to create 21st century classrooms that incorporate technology and rich media to enhance the teaching and learning. 

In 2011, the USNH Academic Technology Steering Committee founded the annual Academic Technology Institute (ATI) as a way to bring faculty together to explore the pedagogy, tools, and new thinking around using technology in course design.

SInce 2015, the focus of the ATI has been on Open Education. Open Education can be understood as a three-pronged approach to the creation and sharing of knowledge. It involves the use and development of free, openly-licensed educational materials in courses; the centering of pedagogy focused on learners as contributors to— not consumers of— knowledge; and the commitment to broad sharing of research through open access.

USNH is working to increase access and affordability around post-secondary education in our state. Our approach focuses on adopting and developing open textbooks to drive down the real cost of college; improve learning outcomes, throughput and completion rates, and student engagement; improve higher education’s capacity to prepare graduates for the needs of a changing workforce; and develop 21st-century pedagogical approaches to serve our students and our state.

What's Happening in Open Education?


Northeast OER Summit, May 22-23, 2019

The Northeast Regional OER Summit is a a multi-state collaborative two-day event for new and experienced OER advocates offering the opportunity to learn and share effective practices in awareness building, implementation, collaboration, strategy, and research. Initiated in 2017, the organizing committee consists of librarians, instructional designers, and faculty from New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Lumen Learning with a larger advisory group featuring members from those states as well as New York, Maryland, and Rhode Island.


Creative Commons Global Summit, May 9-11, 2019

The next Global Summit will be held in Lisbon, Portugal May 9-11 2019. It will be three days of dynamic programming at Museu do Oriente, with a special keynote evening event held at the historic Cineteatro Capitolio.Hundreds of leading activists, advocates, librarians, educators, lawyers, technologists, and more have joined us for discussion and debate, workshops and planning, talks and community building. It’s a can’t-miss event for anyone interested in the global movement for the commons.

OER 19 Recentering Open: Critical and Global Perspectives, April 10-11, 2019

The OER 19 Conference #OER19 had several themes: Asking difficult questions about open education (Why open? Open for whom? Whose interests are served?); The open agenda; The geopolitics of open education; The open ecosystem; Links between critical digital literacies, critical data literacies, and openness’ What open business models are emerging; Risks and challenges to the open education agenda?  The conference was co-chaired by Laura Czerniewicz (@czernie)  and Catherine Cronin (@catherinecronin). 

"E"ffordability Summit, March 27-28, 2019

The "E"ffordability Summit was held at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and was for anyone concerned with the cost of educational materials. Read more about the speakers and workshops here.

Open Ed Week imageOpen Education Week (OEW), March 4-8, 2019

Open Education Week was held from March 4-8, 2019.  There were 6,494 participants from 123 countries. There were 109 online events, 81 local events, and 73 resources. Read more about OEW. 

USNH Academic Technology Blog

April 19, 2019 - Drew Conroy, USNH ATI 2018 Ambassador “I have tons of photos and I wanted to share them. I can... Read More
January 29, 2019 - On Friday, January 18, 2019, the University System of New Hampshire hosted the Academic Technology... Read More
December 3, 2018 - 10 Ways You Can Participate in Open Education Week  (OEW)    March 4-8, 2019 Open Education Week... Read More
June 12, 2018 - ATI 2018: USNH Open Education: Pedagogy, Technology, & Advocacy From May 30th-31st, 2018, the... Read More
May 17, 2018 - From Wednesday, May 30th through Thursday, May 31st, at the University of New Hampshire Durham, 45... Read More
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Academic Technology Institute

The Academic Technology Institute (ATI) is an annual event at which faculty ambassadors from each of the USNH institutions participate in a 3 day conference and explore innovative pedagogical strategies, ways to lower the cost of higher education, and practices for incorporating Open Educational Resources and leading tools and technologies.
Plans are currently underway for ATI 2019 Open Education: Building Connection, Collaboration, & Community. It will be held in Concord from May 28-30. Read more here.

Open Education

"Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide. Open Education combines the traditions of knowledge sharing and creation with 21st century technology to create a vast pool of openly shared educational resources, while harnessing today’s collaborative spirit to develop educational approaches that are more responsive to learner’s needs." (Open Education Week)