The University System of New Hampshire (USNH) is comprised of Granite State College, Keene State College, Plymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire. Representatives from each institution's academic technology and academic affairs departments make up the USNH Academic Technology Steering Committee, a sustainable support system that encourages and supports faculty to create 21st century classrooms that incorporate technology and rich media to enhance the teaching and learning.
In 2011, the USNH Academic Technology Steering Committee founded the annual Academic Technology Institute (ATI) as a way to bring faculty together to explore the pedagogy, tools, and new thinking around using technology in course design.
SInce 2015, the focus of the ATI has been on Open Education. Open Education can be understood as a three-pronged approach to the creation and sharing of knowledge. It involves the use and development of free, openly-licensed educational materials in courses; the centering of pedagogy focused on learners as contributors to— not consumers of— knowledge; and the commitment to broad sharing of research through open access.
USNH is working to increase access and affordability around post-secondary education in our state. Our approach focuses on adopting and developing open textbooks to drive down the real cost of college; improve learning outcomes, throughput and completion rates, and student engagement; improve higher education’s capacity to prepare graduates for the needs of a changing workforce; and develop 21st-century pedagogical approaches to serve our students and our state.
What's Happening in Open Education?
Open Education Week (OEW), March 4-8, 2019
Open Education Week is being held March 4-8, 2019 and is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its goal is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. This is a great opportunity for both current and past Open Education Ambassadors to think about how they might participate. Participants may submit their Open Education (OE) project to be displayed on the OEW website, host an event or webinar, feature a live chat, or many other options. Visit the OEW website for more information.
Creative Commons Global Summit, May 9-11, 2019
The next Global Summit will be held in Lisbon, Portugal May 9-11 2019. It will be three days of dynamic programming at Museu do Oriente, with a special keynote evening event held at the historic Cineteatro Capitolio.Hundreds of leading activists, advocates, librarians, educators, lawyers, technologists, and more have joined us for discussion and debate, workshops and planning, talks and community building. It’s a can’t-miss event for anyone interested in the global movement for the commons.
Academic Technology Institute
Plans are currently underway for ATI 2019 Open Education: Building Connection, Collaboration, & Community. It will be held in Concord from May 28-30. Read more here.
"Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide. Open Education combines the traditions of knowledge sharing and creation with 21st century technology to create a vast pool of openly shared educational resources, while harnessing today’s collaborative spirit to develop educational approaches that are more responsive to learner’s needs." (Open Education Week)