Each year 10 faculty from each of the 4 USNH institutions (GSC, KSC, PSU and UNH) are invited to attend the annual USNH Academic Technology Institute (ATI). Plymouth State University’s Center for Transformation is pleased to invite you to apply as a faculty ambassador to participate in this year’s event. (Learn more about the ATI.)
This year the ATI will be hosted here at Plymouth State University, May 31-June 2 (from Wednesday morning to noon, Friday). This year’s theme is Open Education: Pedagogy & Scholarship in a Connected Environment and focuses on open educational resources, open pedagogy and open access publishing. Read more about Open Education below.
In conjunction with the USNH-funded Open Education Initiative, the ATI is continuing its focus on implementing open education in the classroom and scholarship. In addition to the three-day event, participants (faculty ambassadors) will commit to a year-long project. Their projects will be in one or more of the 3 categories of Open Education outlined below.
Faculty Ambassador Expectations
If you are selected as a faculty ambassador, prior to the ATI you (or your 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 and/or spring course. Support will continue to be available through the duration of your faculty ambassadorship (May 2018).
- Faculty selected must be available for the entire ATI schedule. In addition, the group will decide on three follow-up meetings:
- Fall 2017 term: to share work in progress with campus colleagues;
January 2018: to reconnect with USNH ambassadors to share findings from projects;
Spring 2018 term: to provide an update which may highlight more detailed assessment findings than in previous events.
The stipend for faculty ambassadors 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 and
$1,000 by the end of the spring 2018 term.
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!
Open Education Study
As part of this project PSU is conducting an IRB approved study. While the 10 faculty will remain the same through the year, the student population will be different in each semester. A survey questionnaire will be administered at the end of each semester to both students and faculty. The questionnaire is aimed at knowing the perceptions of the participants towards the open education initiative. The questionnaire is based on Likert-type scale, seeking the level of agreement that participants have towards a particular idea. There are a few open ended questions to gather deeper insights from the students and faculty about the learning experience of the semester.
Students will be asked to complete either the Open Education Resources Survey or the Open Pedagogy Survey depending on which class they are taking. Faculty will all take the same Open Education Initiative Survey regardless of which class they taught. Student and faculty data from the surveys will be collected via Qualtric and computed summary descriptive statistics regarding perceptions of the OER course materials and Open Pedagogy effectiveness will be analyzed. The data will be collected in an anonymous fashion in order to elicit honest responses from the participants. Since this data collection is for a larger study, the data will be shared with the primary investigator of this project, University of New Hampshire.
What is Open Education?
Open education can be divided into 3 broad categories:
- Open Educational Resources: instructional resources created and shared in ways so more people have access to them.
- Open Pedagogy: blend of strategies, technologies and networked communities that make the process and products of education more transparent.
- Open Access: Online research outputs that are free of all restrictions on access.
To watch the video and learn more about Open Education visit the ATI website: http://ati.usnh.edu/open-education/
What is ATI?
The Academic Technology Institute (ATI) was established in 2011 to bring faculty together from all 4 USNH institutions to explore the pedagogy and tools as well as new thinking around using technology in the classroom. Nearly 200 faculty have participated to date.
The ATI is supported and organized by the USNH Academic Technology Steering Committee creates a sustainable support system to encourage and support faculty in the creation and integration of technological resources in their courses to enhance the teaching and learning. This committee is a collaboration of the Academic Affairs and Academic Technology units at each of the four USNH colleges/universities.