ATI 2018 – Open Education Initiative Call for Applications

The 8th Annual USNH Academic Technology Institute (ATI) will be held at the University of New Hampshire – Durham, May 30-31, 2018. The theme of this year’s Institute is USNH Open Education: Pedagogy, Technology, and Advocacy. Faculty who are selected to attend will engage 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 will also focus on advocacy approaches to advance awareness and adoption of Open Education within USNH and beyond (*definitions can be found at the bottom of this page).

Forty-five faculty (10 each from GSC, KSC, and PSU, and 15 from UNH) are selected to attend the two-day event and will commit to a semester long project that includes at least one of the primary areas of Open Education outlined below.  The ATI is an opportunity to learn from national leaders in Open Education, it’s a chance to network with colleagues across the system, and provides focused time to think about teaching and learning. KSC  ATI alumni can be found here.

ATI dates: May 30-31, 2018
Location: UNH – Durham (food and housing provided)
Expectations include:

  • submit a detailed project proposal due in June,
  • meet with KSC Open Education support team,
  • attend an all-day mid-project ATI event in January (Manchester, NH),
  • participate in 2 meetings to share project progress (fall and spring).

Stipend: selected faculty are supported by a $2,000 stipend paid in two installments: $1,000 for the submission of the Open Education Project Plan due by the end of June 2018 (exact date tbd) and $1000 at the end of the spring 2019 semester. Faculty will have ongoing support for course design, technology, research, and are encouraged to work with the KSC Open Education Faculty Mentors.

For full consideration apply by Friday, March 30th. Application can be found here.

What are people saying about Open Education?

KSC student responding to faculty who adopted an open textbook

Usually in classes it seems like professors have no concept of the price of the texts they are requiring. Having the online text showed that my professor actually cared about the cost and our financial situations.

2017 KSC graduate (Film), Miranda Dean – first time learning in an open pedagogy class

NOW I was getting it. I was linking the Biology to my personal life which was my inspiration and in doing this I found more links (a genetic link) that I continued to explore even further in my next post. It was all starting to come together. I was figuring out ways to upgrade my blog and add my portfolio to it. I spent more time making my blog look nicer. I was having conversations and connections with professionals on my blog and on twitter. It was all making sense. So what changed? My mentality and approach.

Just one month ago I was afraid that I was going to fail a course for the first time in my life, and now I’m embracing this course with all of my effort. So what changed? I realized what kind of learner I really am.

Comments about Open Education from Allyson Mount, Associate Professor – Philosophy and Irene McGarrity, Assistant Professor – Library

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.

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 2018:

ATI is funded by the USNH Long Range Technology Plan:

Open Education Spring Speaker Series

The Mason Library-Academic Technology and the KSC Academic Technology Steering Committee are proud to sponsor an exciting series of speakers in the celebration of the international Year of Open 2017.

The campus community is invited to attend the Open Education Speaker Series beginning Thursday, February 9th Thursday, March 2nd with Dr. Robin DeRosa (Professor and Chair Interdisciplinary Studies, Plymouth State University) who will deliver a keynote about public education, student access, affordability and the role each and every one of us at KSC plays to put “public” back in public higher education.

As part of the Year of Open, we have invited faculty practitioners, students, and experts in the area of digital identity to talk about their experiences teaching and learning in a connected world. Please mark your calendar and consider bringing your students to learn more about Open Education. If you need a primer, check out this short video that addresses 3 areas of OpenEd.

Open Education Spring Speaker Series

Andrew Rikard (Davidson College) and Erika Bullock (Georgetown University)
Andrew and Erika share their experiences as students in Open Pedagogy courses and using their own web domain spaces. An example of Andrews experience can be found here.
Trust, Power, and Agency: Student Perspectives on Open Pedagogy
Friday, February 24th 12-1pm
Student Center Atrium
Refreshments will be served
Audience: faculty, students, staff and administrators

Dr. Robin DeRosa
Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies, PSU
Putting the Public Back in Public Education <Recording>
Rescheduled Thursday, March 2nd 4:00 – 5:30pm
Mabel Brown Room
Refreshments will be served
Audience: faculty, students, staff and administrators

Martha Burtis
Director, Digital Knowledge Center and architect of the Domain of One’s Own project, University of Mary Washington
Messy and Chaotic Learning, a Domain of One’s Own <Presentation text>
Friday, March 31st 12:45-2pm 
Science Center 101
Refreshments will be served
Audience: faculty, students, staff and administrators

Dr. Bonnie Stewart
Educator, writer, and social network researcher in the area of Digital Identity, University of Prince Edward Island
Digital Identity and Leading in the Open
Thursday, April 6th 4-5:30pm
Rhodes Hall S203
Refreshments will be served
Audience: faculty, students, staff and administrators


Mason Library adopts Open Access Policy

Mason Library at Keene State College is committed to providing access to high quality and economically viable scholarly communication through Open Access (OA) resources that meet collection guidelines and curricular needs. Mason Library adds to its collection of online resources carefully vetted OA resources that contribute to the scholarly discourse of the KSC community, and supports OA archiving and publishing for faculty, students, and staff through the KSCommons digital repository (see the KSCommons Collection Development Policy).

Specific policies for OA access:

  • Any previously subscribed to publication that becomes open access will continue to be listed among the library’s journal subscription with an updated access link.
  • Appropriate OA databases and journals will be reviewed by the Collection Development Librarian and listed among the library’s databases on the A-Z Database guide or in the Journal listing. Specifically, factors such as peer review, affiliation, user interface, and support of KSC curriculum will be reviewed.
    The Collection Development Librarian welcomes recommendations about OA resources, which can be sent to

The Open Access Policy can be found on the Mason Library Policies page.