ATI 2016 and the Open Education Initiative

Each year 10 faculty from each of the USNH institutions (GSC, KSC, PSU and UNH) are selected through an application process to attend the annual USNH Academic Technology Institute (ATI). This year the ATI will be hosted by Keene State College, May 31-June 3 (from Tuesday afternoon 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.

In conjunction with the new USNH-funded Open Education Initiative, the ATI is expanding its scope this year. In addition to the four-day event, participants (faculty ambassadors) will commit to a year-long project. Their Open Education Project will be in one or more of the following areas of their choosing:

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, modules, 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.

Faculty are strongly encouraged to apply in 2-person teams to design an Open Education Project that will have a broader (perhaps interdisciplinary) and more sustained impact on teaching, learning and/or scholarship.

If you are 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 be given 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 will continue to be available through the duration of your project (May 2017).

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 2016 semester to share work in progress with campus colleagues;
    • one in January 2017 to reconnect with USNH fellows to share findings from their projects;
    • one in the spring 2017 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 2016 and $1000 at the end of the spring 2017 semester.

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! For participation consideration, please apply here.

Please contact Jenny Darrow with questions about ATI 2016:

2015 Academic Technology Institute

Information about the 2016 ATI and the Open Education theme coming soon!

Each year 10 faculty from each of the USNH institutions (GSC, KSC, PSU and UNH) are invited to attend the annual USNH Academic Technology Institute (ATI).  This year the ATI will be hosted by Granite State College in Concord, May 26-29 (from noon, Tuesday to noon, Friday). The theme for this year’s event is “Open Access: Pedagogy & Scholarship in a Connected Environment” covering topics such as open educational resources, open access pedagogy and open access publishing.  Robin DeRosa, (PSU English Faculty & ATI Alum 2014) tells you a little more about this year’s theme here.

This popular multi-day, hands-on learning experience focuses on helping you enhance teaching and learning in your subject area using educational technology for meaningful innovation. There will be a series of workshops, demos, guest speakers and work sessions that will provide basic skills while also inspiring participants.  The ultimate goal is to identify an instructional challenge that you face and identify a solution based on the integration of one or more educational technologies or methodologies.  Visit the ATI website to learn more about the ATI and past events.

Benefits of Participation:

Faculty who participate in the ATI leave with a new or renewed sense of enthusiasm for what is possible in teaching in the 21st century.  They also leave with new connections with faculty throughout the University System.  As two ATI alumni noted:

“I kept finding moments of inspiration, little light bulb moments, all throughout the institute.”

“What a terrific opportunity to talk with peers across institutions.”

Apply here by Thursday, March 19th:

Questions about the 2016 ATI program? Contact Jenny Darrow:

Keene State ATI alumni:

2015 (host GSC)
John Couture, Nashla Feres, Rose Kundanis, Hank Knight, Mark Long, John Lund,
Alyssa Marinaccio, Irene McGarrity, Amanda Scull, Dena Shields

2014 (host UNH)
Chitra Akkoor, Angela Barlow, Ellen Nuffer, Lisa Prospert, Lynn Richardson, Emily Robins-Sharpe, Wanda Swiger, Scot Ward, Griselda Witkowski, Joe Witkowski.

2013 (host PSU)
Debbie Black, Chris Burke, Karen Cangialosi, Julio DelSesto, Fitni Destani, Mike Goudzwaard, Amanda Guthorn, Judy Lister, Nigel Malcolm, Peggy Walsh.

2012 (host KSC)
Elizabeth Dolinger, Lisa Hix, Darrell Hucks, Craig Lindsay, Ted Mann, Niall Moran, Tanya Sturtz, Craig Sylvern, Debra White-Stanley, Susan Whittemore.

2011 (host GSC)
Leigh Corrette, Jen Ditkoff, Bill Fleeger, Dick Jardine, Kathy Johnson, John Lund, Allyson Mount, Celine Perron, Nancy Ritchie, Barbara Ware.

ATI is funded by the USNH Long Range Technology Plan.

SoundCloud and Dragon for Recording and Transcribing Interviews

Submitted by Professor Peggy Walsh. ATI ’13

At the 2013 faculty technology summer institute I discovered more solutions to my instructional challenges than I thought possible by learning from colleagues and experimenting under the direction of the experts. Exploring the scenic Pemigewasset River and climbing Rattlesnake Mountain near Plymouth State University was a bonus at the end of the week.

Looking at my handwritten notes which sloppily covered one of the handouts, I noticed that I wrote and circled “SoundCloud” several times, which led me to return to that “app” last fall when I needed a tool to show students how to create a recording for an oral history project for the Granny D library archives that focused on the theme, “The Power of One.”

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I was delighted that most students in Sociological Research Methods had heard of SoundCloud.  None had used it for creating audio files, so this was a good opportunity to try it out together.  To prepare, students created a guide and used old-fashioned note taking as well as a digital recorder as backup for their interviews when our guests came to class. The free version of SoundCloud offers two hours of audio to be uploaded — gratis. After that, you will need to sign up for a professional subscription. Wi-Fi is also required.  (Note that the library has (or had) corners where the wireless signal is weak!)


Students learned to use the features of SoundCloud with little difficulty.  They conducted their interviews according to plan using the skills and techniques learned in class and uploaded them. We did not use editing features, although that is a goal for the future.

To teach students how to transcribe we tried a few different approaches.  The first was to play the audio and type the words verbatim.  Working in groups is a slow process, but with several people working at once, it is possible to create an accurate transcript of an interview.

To give you a sense of how transcription looks, here is a 30 second clip of an interview:

(:33) Now you’ve got to remember that the context of this is the early ‘60s. I don’t react well — I never have — to someone telling what I have to do. It just frosts my butt. (Laughter.) You know. I don’t want to be obnoxious, but if you can’t tell me why I should do that, I am going to say, ‘I’m not doing that.’ Give me a break. I think the first word out of my mouth that my parents encouraged us to do, was say, ‘Why?’ And if it didn’t make sense, I’m not buying it. And I don’t care if you buy it, but I’m not buying it!” (1:04)

You can listen to the audio to assess accuracy. We also experimented with the voice recognition software, Dragon. Unfortunately, the app does not “hear” the voice recordings nearly as well as a clear speaker with careful diction talking directly into a speaker.  (I find the program helpful for dictating field notes, and the IPhone version is free.)   This gives you a sense of how poorly Dragon transcribed one of our audio recordings – huh?

Mark at the start of the first transcription. (:33) Had a government the context of this Betterly 60s I don’t react well perhaps somebody tell me what I have to do just Frostwood I don’t have helped Alexis but that you can’t tell me why I should do that say to give me Kennybeck persuadable enough that occurrence occurred Cysta Dhoop say why it didn’t make sense about it and I will give you buy it but I am selling some.

I am astounded by how many tools are available to help students (and us) with our work.  One of the aftereffects of the institute for me was very simple.  I began talking with all the teachers I know about their use of technology in the classroom. My education and my comfort with trying out new ideas continues.  Recently a high school teacher in my neighborhood told me about PechaKucha 20×20. You can check it out here:



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