ATI 2017 and the Open Education Initiative – Call for Applications

Each year faculty from each of the USNH institutions (Granite State College, Keene State College, Plymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire) are selected through an application process to attend the annual USNH Academic Technology Institute (ATI). This year the ATI will be hosted by Plymouth State University, May 31-June 2 (from Wednesday morning to noon, Friday). The theme for this year’s event is Open Education: Pedagogy & Scholarship in a Connected Environment and focuses on open educational resources, open pedagogy and open access publishing.

The faculty selected to attend the three-day event will take-on a role of faculty ambassador and commit to a year-long project that includes at least one of the primary areas of Open Education outlined below. A list of KSC  ATI alumni can be found here.

Open Education Resources (OER):
Open educational resources (OER) are instructional resources created and shared in ways so that more people have access to them. That’s a different model than traditionally-copyrighted materials. OER are defined as “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.” (Hewlett Foundation) Examples: textbooks, course materials, tutorials, simulations.

Open Pedagogy:
“Looking at open pedagogy as a general philosophy of [Open Education] in all elements of the pedagogical process, while messy, provides some interesting possibilities. Open is a purposeful path towards connection and community. Open pedagogy could be considered as a blend of strategies, technologies, and networked communities that make the process and products of education more transparent, understandable, and available to all the people involved.” (Tom Woodward). Examples: student blogs, student publishing, annotating the web, student-driven course content.

Open Access:
Open access refers to online research outputs that are free of all restrictions on access (e.g., access tolls) and free of many restrictions on use (e.g. certain copyright and license restrictions). Open access can be applied to all forms of published research output, including peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed academic journal articles, conference papers, theses, book chapters, course syllabi.

Robin DeRosa, Chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Plymouth State University and an ATI alumna, talks about Open Education and the ways in which faculty can think about how it aligns with their teaching and scholarship.

If selected as a faculty ambassador, prior to the ATI you (or your 2-person team) will be asked to submit a draft Open Education Project Plan. You will have opportunities and support during ATI to work on your project plan with the expectation that the majority of the actual project work will occur over the summer in preparation for a fall (or spring) course. Support continue through the duration of your project (May 2018).

Faculty selected must be available for the entire ATI schedule. In addition, the group will decide on three follow-up meetings:

  • one in the fall 2017 semester to share work in progress with campus colleagues;
  • one in January 2018 to reconnect with USNH faculty ambassadors to share findings from their projects;
  • one in the spring 2018 semester to provide an update which may highlight more detailed assessment findings than in previous events.

The stipend for faculty fellows for the year-long Institute is $2,000 paid in two installments: $1,000 for the submission of the Open Education Project Plan due by the end of June 2017 (exact date tbd) and $1000 at the end of the spring 2018 semester.

For participation consideration, please apply here. Application deadline is Wednesday, April 19th. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by Friday, April 21st.

We hope you will join us for this system-wide educational event where you can directly participate in shaping Open Education in New Hampshire and beyond!

Please contact Jenny Darrow with questions about ATI 2017: