GSC Open Ed Updates

In conjunction with the USNH Open Education Initiative, GSC continues to offer professional development and grant opportunities for its faculty to explore and integrate open education into their courses.  As part of this initiative we are pleased to share several professional development opportunities.


Academic Technology Institute (ATI) 2020

Application Deadline (extended): April 5, 2020

The ATI brings together faculty from the four USNH institutions (GSC, KSC, PSU, UNH) as well as the Community College System of NH to develop projects that advance the goals of the USNH Open Education Initiative: to transform courses to increase access to education, develop students’ agency as learners, and build community.

This one-day virtual event will be a flexible, engaged learning experience that participating faculty tailor to their interests and goals of their projects. Participants will learn about and apply open educational practices in collaboration with each other and in consultation with support staff and more experienced peers, experience pedagogical strategies and tools in authentic contexts, and will have opportunities to practice and apply their learning directly to their projects. Throughout the ATI, participants will reflect on and share their learning and work-in-progress with others.

  1. Access: Reduce and/or eliminate barriers to access to higher education, including financial barriers. Support students and facilitate greater access to learning by replacing textbook(s) and/or other paid course materials in order to reduce or eliminate costs.
  2.  Agency: Support student agency by redesigning your course to increase student control over policies & practices, grading & assessment, and/or activities & assignments.
  3. 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

The stipend for participating in the ATI is $1000.  The redesigned course should be scheduled to be offered in either the Fall 2020 or Winter 2021.


Open Ed Work Group: Build or Find and Open Text for Your Course

  • Facilitated by Gail Poitrast, Lead Math Faculty, and hosted by the GSC School of Education.  All faculty welcome to participate in person or via Zoom.  RSVP:
  • Meeting dates: September 12, November 7, January 9, March 12 and May 14 (5:45-6:45 PM) Download brochure

ATI Webinar Series (Descriptions & Recordings):

  • Pressbooks 101: Creating e-books for your Course  (10/1/19)

  • Promoting Student Agency to Improve Teaching & Learning (10/24/19)
  • UnGrading: Pedagogical Possibilities for Going beyond the Grade (2/6/20)
  • New Perspectives on Inclusive Teaching (4/3/20)

Academic Technology Institute

Our most recent event, held at UNH at Manchester, was the Academic Technology Institute (ATI) January 2019 event, titled: Open Education & Student Agency: Empowering the Student Voice & Facilitating Access. This event served as a follow-up to the ATI 2018, USNH Open Education: Pedagogy, Technology, and Advocacy and allowed faculty to reconnect with colleagues, share and discuss their OE projects (successes, challenges, lessons learned), ask questions and get answers, and learn about leading tools, technologies and strategies used in open education. 

Between 10 and 15 faculty from each of the four USNH institutions were selected to participate at each event. (Granite State College, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, and the University of New Hampshire).  Participating faculty engaged in foundational and elective workshops infusing Open Educational Resources (OER), Open Pedagogy/Open Educational Practices, and Open Access Publishing with pedagogy techniques and technology tools.  Sessions focused on advocacy approaches to advance awareness and adoption of Open Education within USNH and beyond. As part of the ATI program, faculty are expected to complete a proposal and project focused on one or more of the Open Education focus areas: Open Educational Resources (OER), Open Pedagogy/Open Educational Practices or Open Access Publishing during the next academic year. Each “Open Education Ambassador” receives a $2000 stipend.

Highlights from ATI 2018

A Night of Open Education with Dr. Karen Cangialosi presenting:"Open Education: Access, Agency and Connection"   Video presentation        
Karen’s presentation slides here

Learn about open education, OER, open pedagogy and how this USNH initiative is driving down textbook costs, engaging students actively in the learning process and replacing "disposable" assignments with real-world activities at Granite State College and its sister institutions. Learn how your GSC colleagues have implemented OER and Open Pedagogy projects in their courses. And discover ways in which you can participate in professional development opportunities and re-imagine your course design.

Dr. Cangialosi  is a biology professor at Keene State College. She has spearheaded a movement to use OER in several Biology courses in her department. And for the past few semesters, she has incorporated methods of open pedagogy. As a Faculty Fellow, she is facilitating an Open Pedagogy Learning Community and helps to organize the KSC  Open Education speaker series.  

USNH AT blog post 3/27/18

GSC Night of Open Education (3-20-18)

GSC Night of Open Ed flyer (pdf) 

What's happening @ GSC (Video Recording, approximately 30 mins.)
Reta Chaffee, Director of Academic Technology at GSC 
Pat Erwin Ploog, Sr. Lecturer and Assistant Dean of Library Services at GSC
Carolyn Cormier, Associate Dean, School of Education, GSC

Faculty Open Ed Ambassador Projects (Video Recording, approximately 30 mins.)
Paula Lombardi, Special Education Teacher and adjunct faculty at GSC
Pat Erwin-Ploog, Sr. Lecturer and Assistant Dean of Library Services at GSC 
Carolyn Cormier, Associate Dean, School of Education, GSC
Tammy Carnevale, School of Education Advisor and Student Support Coordinator at GSC

A Night of Open Ed with Dr. Robin DeRosa (3/16/17)  

Open Education: Access and Engagement in Public Higher Ed  (Click to watch the recorded session.)

In this presentation, Robin introduces the basic definition of Open Educational Resources (OER) and explores some ways that faculty have been using OERs to drive down and even eliminate the cost of textbooks for students. She covers the why and how of open licensing, and explain how Creative Commons licenses can be used by faculty and students to share educational materials and scholarship more freely. Robin examines some of the data around textbook costs and the efficacy of OERs as they impact student success. She also pushes past obvious cost-savings benefits to ask larger questions about how OERs, open licenses, and digital technologies that connect learners can be leveraged to develop open pedagogical practices that both empower learners to contribute to the knowledge commons and reinvigorate the mission of our public Higher Education institutions in New Hampshire. Robin is the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at Plymouth State University and she has been speaking on this topic in both the US and Canada over the past year. (You can learn more about Robin and her work here.)

A look back at Academic Technology Institute 2019