ATI 2020

May 27, 2020

Academic Technology Institute 2020
Open Education: Access, Agency, Community
1-Day Virtual Event, May 27, 2020


The ATI Planning Committee is carefully monitoring the current situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  In compliance with the University System of New Hampshire’s decision to close the campuses, a 2-day local event at Keene State College is no longer possible.  

However now more than ever, we are committed to providing faculty with the support and opportunity to rethink and redesign their courses to further the goal of Open Education: Access, Agency & Community.  We are in the process of redesigning the ATI to be a 1-day virtual event.  If you have already applied, there is no need to reapply. If you haven’t applied, please reach out to your local ATI facilitator on each of the 4 campuses listed below. Please stay tuned for more information coming soon.

The Academic Technology Institute

The Academic Technology Institute (ATI) brings together faculty from the four USNH institutions (GSC, KSC, PSU, UNH) and CCSNH to develop and advance projects that advance the goals of the USNH Open Education Initiative. This one-day event will be a flexible, engaging learning experience that faculty may tailor to their interests and project goals. Participants will collaboratively learn about and apply open educational practices, experience pedagogical strategies and tools in authentic contexts, and have opportunities to practice and apply their learning directly to their projects. Throughout the ATI, participants will reflect on and share their learning with others.

Faculty from all disciplines are invited to apply with projects that address one or more of the ATI 2020 objectives:

  • Access: The Open Education Initiative is interested in reducing and eliminating barriers to access to higher education, including financial barriers. Support students and facilitate greater access to learning in your course by replacing textbook(s) and/or other paid course materials to reduce or eliminate cost barriers.

  • Agency: Support student agency by redesigning your course to increase student control over policies & practices, grading & assessment, and/or activities & assignments.

  • Community: Support students joining a community of scholars and contributing to the knowledge commons by creating or contributing to open resources or sharing and discussing their work on the web.​

ATI 2020 Keynote Audrey Watters

Audrey Watters is a writer and independent scholar specializing in education technology - its products, its politics, its pedagogical implications. She has worked in the education field for the past 15 years: as a graduate student, college instructor, and program manager for an ed-tech non-profit. Audrey is the writer and owner of Hack Education, a blog containing articles on "The History of the Future of Education Technology." In her own words, she is an "education writer, an independent scholar, a serial dropout, a rabble-rouser, and ed-tech's Cassandra." 

ATI 2020 Webinar: An Introduction to Open Education and the USNH Academic Technology Institute 

On March 2, 2020, USNH colleagues, Christin Wixson and Carolyn Cormier  presented an overview of Open Education and the upcoming USNH Academic Technology Institute (ATI).  Participants received an introduction to Open Education (including Open Educational Resources and Open Pedagogy) and its impact on student participation, engagement, and learning.  Participants learned how becoming an ATI ambassador can provide support for leveraging Open practices to increase student access to educational materials and learning opportunities, develop student agency and voice, and build strong community connections within USNH and beyond. 

View Recording of Webinar 

View Webinar Slide Deck  (including Open Education and Open Pedagogy resources)