USNH Open Ed Initiative and ATI-2016

This spring, nine GSC faculty participated in the 6th Annual Academic Technology Institute (2016) hosted at Keene State College.  The GSC faculty, among approximately 45 faculty participants from GSC, KSC, PSU and UNH, included (pictured left to right): Missy Muszynski, Caroline Osteen, Marybeth McNicholas, Sherry Dumais, Steve Covello, Robert McPherson, Pat Erwin and Linda Couture.

GSC ATI16 participants photo
In conjunction with the ATI, the USNH Academic Technology Steering Committee launched the Open Education Initiative to develop the capacity of each institution within the University System of New Hampshire to undertake meaningful and complementary Open Education and digital technology projects that will make student learning more effective, including:

  • Transition to OER content in order to save money for students and for USNH; 

  • Exploration of Open Pedagogy to strengthen learner-directed learning at USNH; 

  • Augmentation of Open Access structures and protocols across USNH.

As part of their participation in the ATI, each of the faculty  submitted a proposal for an Open Education project to implement in one of their courses over the next two terms.  As participants, the faculty became Open Ed Ambassadors and will reconvene 3 times: in the fall, on January 20th and in the spring for the final showcase of their projects listed below:

1) Linda Couture
Special Education, (School of EDU), OER, Open Pedagogy

Project Description: Locate OER research that supports competencies in EDU741 and EDU742 and compile a collection of these resources. These resources will address current trends and educational strategies to support students with an educational disability. In addition I will research the use of engagement activities that would help students connect with Research.

2) Melissa Muszynski
English, Humanities (Undergraduate), Open Pedagogy

Project Description: I will create an activity in COMM540 where students will have the opportunity to create an OER resource based on project interests and passions. Students will have the opportunity to choose a persuasive topic from one of two places: NH Public Policy Studies or choose from one of the United Nations 30 “Issues of piority” for global citizenship

3) Sherry Dumais
Healthcare (Undergraduate), OER

Project Description: Use an open resource text in my course HLTC627 Finance and Reimbursement in Health Care and supplement with up to date articles, videos, etc. where needed. Redesign the course to better implement OER 

4) Pat Erwin-Ploog
Library Science/Digital Media
(Undergrad, School of Education, Graduate),  OER-Open Pedagogy

Project Descriptions:
a) Design an activity in LIS801/801A to be used in teaching students in the graduate School Librarian program. The activity will focus on how integrate OERs into their Collection Development Policies that address – evaluating making available, and using OERs in support of their school curriculum.
b) Redesign SOSC519 Living in a Digital Democracy to support the module on citizen journalists. This course has never used textbooks hence it demands a review each year to keep current and relevant. The OER created will focus on skills, ethical considerations, and look at how technology has changed the reporting of news. 

5) MaryBeth McNicholas & Kathy DesRoches
Leadership & Project Management (Graduate),  OER

Project Description: This project will identify best practices and pilot the creation a repository of Open Education Resources (OER), and other digital resources for the departments within the Office of Graduate Studies at Granite State College. The pilot will include the development of open and digital resources for two courses in particular PM802 and PM804. 

6) Robert McPherson
MGMT/Organizational Behavior (Undergraduate), OER-Open Pedagogy

Project Description: To explore, develop, and implement authentic learning , through a virtual collaboration teamwork project assignment that focuses on personal growth through interdependence, accountability, interaction, teamwork and leadership skills. The project will enhance the current content and process of the team project assignment while providing learners with an opportunity to contribute to an ongoing team and leadership course resource site (WIKI) for their current MGMT566 Organizational Behavior Class and future courses in Management. This course will use an OER textbook. See Caroline Osteen’s project below.  

7) Steve Covello
Communications (Undergraduate), OER

Project Description: Eliminate the textbook from my course, COMM601: Trends in Digital and Social Media, and replace it with a resource composed of curated open resources/articles. 

8) Caroline Osteen
MGMT/Organizational Behavior (UG), OER, Open Pedagogy

Project Description: Explore better learning materials for accelerated courses. Work with MGMT566 faculty to agree on an e-book. Working with ID Team, redesign the course exploring simulations software and other activities that could promote group work while taking into consideration time constraints of shorter intensive courses.


Want to learn more about what open education is all about, Robin DeRosa (PSU faculty) explains in this video.

The USNH Open Ed Initiative has gained national coverage in Inside Higher Education on June 3rd and again on June 22nd.  While a growing number of institutions and educational systems are focusing on OER specifically, the USNH may be the first to focus on the broader Open Education theme.


The Academic Technology Institute (ATI) was established in 2011 by the USNH Academic Technology Steering Committee (ATSC) to bring faculty together to address the challenge of thinking about how rich media could enhance their courses. Each of the 4 institutions (GSC, KSC, PSU, UNH) selects 10-15 faculty from diverse disciplines to participate in this four day event. At the ATI, faculty explore the pedagogy and tools as well as new thinking around using technology in the classroom. In addition, faculty are given the opportunity to interact and work together with their colleagues across the institutions. .  Each of the 4 institutions  selects 10-15 faculty from diverse disciplines to participate in this four-day event.

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