Academic Technology Institute (ATI) 2019 held at Granite State College

Academic Technology Institute (ATI) 2019 held at Granite State College

June 14, 2019

ATI 2019 Open Education: Building Connection, Collaboration, and Community 

ATI 2019 PresentationATI 2019 was held at Granite State College from May 28-30, 2019. The ATI is a USNH collaborative event, hosting consortia from Granite State College, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, University of New Hampshire, and for the first time, the Community College System of NH. Forty-eight faculty ambassadors, together with 28 USNH faculty and staff members, 3 USNH students and 3 keynote speakers participated in the event.

Faculty selected to participate in the ATI engage in a year-long project to redesign a course with Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or Open Pedagogy strategies. Their open education projects might address an instructional challenge or solve a problem, and faculty are charged with reflecting on how their project might transform their work as a faculty member and how the project might affect their students.  In addition, the ATI is an opportunity to work on and study individual, institutional, and state goals surrounding Open Education, hear authentic student and faculty stories and experiences with open, work with institutional, cross-institutional, and project-based groups, network and make connections with USNH and CCSHNH colleagues, and explore various technology tools and pedagogical strategies.  

Day One Overview

Projects, Institutions, Systems, and States: The Work of an Open Ambassador

Robin DeRosa at ATI 2019The ATI kicked off with a keynote address by Robin DeRosa, Director of the Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative and a Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Plymouth State University. Robin provided a foundation for thinking about OER, open pedagogy, and open access to research and knowledge, and then posed questions about how our public New Hampshire colleges and universities can enact our missions through open practices. She spoke about how individual ambassador projects connect to the larger institutional, system, and statewide goals for higher education. The keynote address was followed by a projection reflection activity, where ambassadors worked on individual goals in relation to cost savings, pedagogy, and access to knowledge.

Day Two Overview

Introduction to Creative Commons
ATI 2019 Creative Commons presentationChristin Wixson, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Plymouth State University, Irene McGarrity, Assistant Professor at Keene State College, and Elita Exline, Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of New Hampshire gave a joint presentation on Creative Commons, which provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to make a simple and standardized way to give the public permission to share and use an author’s work – on conditions of his/her own choice.



Open Pedagogy on the Ground
ATI 2019 Karen CangialosiKaren Cangialosi, Professor of Biology at Keene State College, presented on Open Pedagogy. Karen incorporates Open Pedagogical practices into her teaching because of its great potential for revolutionizing teaching and learning, and the ways in which it resonates very clearly with her passion for social justice. She believes that scientific investigation, like education, should be transparent, widely collaborative and designed to serve the public and she is working on integrating the principles and practices of Open Science into the undergraduate biology curriculum. 


Inclusive Open Pedagogy
ATI 2019 Jesse StommelKeynote speaker Jesse Stommel discussed the ethical responsibilities of open education, creating inclusive environments, empowering students, and “un-grading.” Jesse is the Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at the University of Mary Washington. He is also Co-founder of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Hybrid Pedagogy: an open-access journal of learning, teaching, and technology. He has a PhD from University of Colorado Boulder. Jesse is a documentary filmmaker and teaches courses about pedagogy, film, and new media. Jesse experiments relentlessly with learning interfaces, both digital and analog, and his research focuses on higher education pedagogy, critical digital pedagogy, and assessment.


Technology Showcase
ATI Technology Showcase Participants were provided with an opportunity to learn about how certain technologies can enhance their Open teaching and projects by attending several workshops on Blogging/Domains, Twitter, Zoom, H5P, OER, PressBooks, and Faculty, staff, and ATI Alumni Ambassadors from the USNH institutions led the breakout sessions.




Institutional Check In
Ambassadors met with their institutional cohorts to discuss and reflect upon institutional goals, mission statements, and campus challenges.

Day Three Overview

Fine and Blurry Lines: Situating Students in Digital Work
ATI 2019 Martha BurtisThe final day began with keynote speaker Martha Burtis who spoke about how weaving digital work into classes can be daunting, overwhelming, complex, and intensely rewarding. She stressed viewing students as valuable resources and ensuring that they are integral parts of pedagogical conversations and choices in the classrooms. Martha is the Director of the Digital Knowledge Center at the University of Mary Washington where she oversees a peer tutoring program that offers support to students at UMW who are engaged in digital projects and assignments. 


Open Education Participant Panel
Three students and 3 faculty members representing each of the USNH institutions spoke about their experiences with Open Education. Their stories, reflections and admissions of triumphs and challenges provided valuable insight to ATI participants.




Building Your Learning Community: How do we stay connected?
Fran Keefe, Instructional Designer from UNH Manchester, led ambassadors through a reflection activity for staying connected to the Open community.

Statewide Reflection Activity: Kickoff to the Future
Robin DeRosa led the final activity and challenges ambassadors to “Dream Big” and consider statewide goals and the future of Open Education.

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