ATI 2019-20 Webinar Series

USNH Academic Technology Institute Presents the 2019-20 Open Education Webinar Series

These four webinars were designed for past and present ATI Ambassadors as a way to continue learning and sharing and helping to keep current on trends in Open Education. At ATI 2019, ambassadors identified key areas of interest that they wanted to learn more about and explore more in depth. These webinars were designed to address those needs and to provide additional opportunities for cross-institutional collaboration. 

View recordings of the webinars:

Pressbooks 101: Creating e-Books for Your Course
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Promoting Student Agency to Improve Teaching & Learning
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UnGrading: Pedagogical Possibilities for Going beyond the Grade
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New Perspectives on Inclusive Teaching
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Slidedeck - Mitchell 
Slidedeck - Rau

Webinar Descriptions

Pressbooks 101: Creating e-Books for Your Course
Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 7:00-8:30 pm EST
Hosted by Granite State College
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Have you ever considered adapting an existing e-book or creating a new e-book for your course?  This show ‘n’ tell webinar will cover how e-books can be created using Pressbooks. Pressbooks is based on the easy to use WordPress system so no special skills are needed. Attendees will learn about the variety of Pressbook account options, how the system works, what it looks like for both the author and reader, the variety of media that can be published in a chapter, how open content can be imported, and how we provide access to e-books for both students and the Open Education community. We will also discuss some typical entry-level projects, the impact on course readiness each term, administrative and content quality oversight, how students can contribute to the e-book, Hypothesis annotation, as well as lessons learned. Time will also be provided to ask questions to Steve and other faculty who have used Pressbooks in their courses. Links mentioned in recording: GSC Pressbooks site

Steve Covello

Granite State College, Rich Media Specialist, Instructional Designer and Faculty


Promoting Student Agency to Improve Teaching & Learning
Thursday, October 24, 2019, 7:00-8:30 pm EST
Hosted by Keene State College
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In this discussion focused webinar, we will explore how our teaching might be enhanced if we shift some of our professorial power over to our students. We will address questions such as:  Can teaching/learning be more effective when we allow our students more agency in the design and operation of their courses? How does our role change when our students are driving their own learning processes? What are some strategies for providing students with more voice and control? What happens when we involve our students in the construction and design of the courses that we teach, such as writing the assignments and creating course policies? Can providing students with more agency help them to better align their needs and other life responsibilities with their academic requirements? Can student agency translate into more relevant and socially connected educational experiences?  KSC faculty members Mark Long and Karen Cangialosi will present some of the strategies they use in their courses. Links mentioned in recording: KSC Domain of One's Own, What Makes Us Human (Cangialosi), The Far Field (Long)

Jenny Darrow
Keene State College, Director, Digital Learning, Mason Library

Karen Cangialosi,
Keene State College, Coordinator of Faculty Enrichment, Professor of Biology, Open Education Faculty Fellow
Mark Long, Keene State College, Professor of English, American, and Environmental Studies

Ungrading: Pedagogical Possibilities for Going beyond the Grade
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 7:00-8:30 pm EST
Hosted by Plymouth State University

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Do you sometimes feel concerned that traditional approaches to grading undermine the pedagogical framework of your course? Are you interested in strategies for assessing student work and course performance that are more aligned with process-oriented, learner-centered, and collaborative ecosystems? In this webinar, faculty from Plymouth State will discuss their questions and experiences with “ungrading” models such as student-created rubrics, peer and self-assessment, and greenlight grading. Staff from the Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative will present a survey of informed practice around ungrading, and nationally-known ungrading rock stars Jesse Stommel and Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh will share their expertise and answer questions. All are welcome! Free.

Robin DeRosa, Director, Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative, Plymouth State University

Jesse Stommel, Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at the University of Mary Washington
Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh, Chemistry Instructor, Central New Mexico Community College

Links mentioned in recording:
International Journal Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
Gradintg Student Writing: Making it Simpler, Fairer, Clearer
Ranking, Evaluating, Liking: Sorting Out Three Forms of Judgment 
Jesse Ball, Notes on My Dunce Cap
Desert of my Real Life: What is Tackingling a Wicked Problem? 
Digital Pedagoogy Lab
SAGE journals
WVU Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
PSU Open CoLab
WAC Clearinghouse: Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing Writing for a Socially Just Future
WAC Clearinghouse Labor-Based Grading Contracts: Building Equity and Inclusion in the Compassionate Writing Classroom
PSU Open CoLab Cluster Pedagogy Learning Community: Emergent Syllabus
aaup The Human Work of Higher Education Pedagogy
Hybrid Pedagogy: But you can't do that in a stem course!
Jesse Stommel: Ungrading: an FAQ
Chem Ed XChange: Ungrading: What is it and why should we use it?
Karen Cangialosi: A Special Kind of Hell
Jacques  Derrida

New Perspectives on Inclusive Teaching
Friday, April 3, 2020, 10-11:30am EST
Hosted by University of New Hampshire

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View Slide Deck, Ken Mitchell
View Slide Deck, April Rau

Links mentioned in recording: 
Inclusive Interactions Checklist Survey:
UNH Inclusive Teaching Course:

In this webinar, we will address perspectives on inclusive teaching with connections to the application of Open Educational Resources, and with consideration for challenges students are facing now, with the unexpected shift of courses to remote learning. Inclusive teaching involves: the incorporation of content and course objectives that reflect differing perspectives; notions of equity and fairness leading to full participation and personal connections to the subject matter; an understanding of social identity development; and broadening participation in order to increase the vibrancy of academic disciplines and student learning. Following an introduction to the topic, participants will engage in an active learning exercise meant to challenge their thinking about inclusive teaching in their own courses.  Webinar leaders will then facilitate discussion informed by participant findings from the active learning exercise.

Scott Kimball, Manager, Learning Development and Innovation, University of New Hampshire Academic Technology




April Rau, Instructional Designer, UNH Academic Technology





 Ken Mitchell, Instructional Designer, UNH Academic Technology