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August 29th, 2013 by Eric

Faculty Lounge
Lamson Rm. 113
Monday- Friday
Can reserve for meetings!

Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC #47B
Plymouth, NH 03264

The Student Showcase of Excellence of 2016

March 24th, 2016 by Melinda

The Student Showcase of Excellence is PSU’s premier scholarly event for students. The event is held each spring for undergrad and graduate students to present their original research projects and creative works across a wide variety of disciplines from science to the arts to the humanities. We encourage students to participate in this annual “showcase” to share their research and creative works with the campus community. Last year, more than one hundred students participated. To apply, go to Showcase 2016 and submit your application TODAY!
More information can be found at our webpage:

Submission deadline: April 4, 2016. (Early submissions are welcome and appreciated.)

Society for Scholarly Dialogue Dinner Presentation

March 24th, 2016 by Melinda

Thursday April 7, 2016
PSU Frost Commons
Social Half-Hour: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 6:30 p.m. Presentation: 7:15 p.m.

Dinner: $10.00
Lecture is free and open to all.

Manufacturing the News: An Insider’s View
The anchors sign off and the newscast dips to black. The show is over, but work on the next newscast has already begun. This lecture will provide an insider’s look at what goes on when the camera goes off. From the vantage point of a Boston producer, this presentation will examine how stories are selected, what gets crammed into 30 minutes, and finally, what your anchors aren’t telling you (and why).

Korey O’Brien
Korey O’Brien (MA, Emerson College) is a media professional working as news producer at 7 News in Boston. A graduate from Plymouth State, he began his career as a morning news producer with the ABC affiliate KGUN9 in Tuscon, Arizona.

PSU’s Journey with Mahara

March 22nd, 2016 by Melinda

March 23, 2016


Plymouth State University (PSU) first installed Mahara in 2010.  Over the course of six years, the use of Mahara has grown steadily.  We have used it for certification programs and the faculty Promotion and Tenure (P&T) program.  The first-year art and meteorologist students use it to collect their portfolios digitally and students create portfolios for required projects. Templates have be created for all areas that utilize Mahara to help with standardization.

We first started using Mahara for student’s special projects in a variety of areas such as languages and art.  Some faculty decided to document personal projects of their own using Mahara.  The platform has benefited certification programs like Elementary Education, Health Education, and School Counseling to name a few.  Mahara templates containing all the standards have been created for each certificate program.  This ensures students don’t miss a step while meeting each of their program’s standards.

In 2013, the administration strongly encouraged all Promotion and Tenure candidates to submit their application materials in digital formats.  In previous years only a small percentage of the P&T candidates used Mahara to submit their materials, in 2015 ninety percent of the candidates submitted their information via Mahara. Mahara groups for the P&T Review committees were created and used to review candidates’ materials.  The process runs much more smoothly with one central place to store materials for each candidate.  We also saved money with the reduction in use of paper.

At the start of the 2015 fall semester, the art department required all art majors to use Mahara, from first-year students through seniors, as an added element to PSU’s newly rolled out and updated studio art foundations program.  It will be used to track students’ progress through their four years at PSU and give them a head start on skills in professional digital presentation.

The meteorology department began this past fall to work Mahara into their course requirements.  Beginning with first year students through seniors, the professors wanted the students to create a chronological digital portfolio of their experience via assignments and projects over their four years at PSU.

In summary, we at PSU have slowly increased our use of Mahara. Over the past couple years, we began taking longer strides.  The new release of version 15.04 helped get more faculty using Mahara.  Mahara has reduced the printing costs throughout the university and streamlined some processes for certification and P&T programs.


PSU Mahara Examples


Student’s  Adventure Educaton Project – Paddling Fundamentals

Student’s Humanities Senior Project – Gloucester, Massachusetts

Student’s Art Project – 2D Fundamentals: Composition and Content

Student’s Art Project – Art Fundamentals: Materials and Meaning

Student’s Art Project – Fundamentals of Art – 3D



Dr. Mary Ann McGarry – Faculty’s Personal Portfolios

Terry Downs – Faculty’s Personal Artwork

Faculty Promotion & Tenure – a candidate’s portfolio

Instructions for OLC Membership

March 3rd, 2016 by Melinda

Now that your institution has joined, 30 individuals at your institution are considered a member and need his/her own OLC account log-in and password.

Account Set-Up /Log-in Instructions

How do I create an account affiliated with my institution?

  1. Click here to create a free user account.
  2. Once you complete your registration, you will be sent an e-mail and asked to verify your account.
  3. Once logged in, click on your username in the upper right hand corner of the home page. You will be brought to your “My Account” page. Click on “Profile & Account Settings” to affiliate your account. Please enter your organization’s name and information in the spaces provided. (Please make sure the organization name you type in matches the one listed on the membership list.)
  4. The system will now recognize you as a member. Go to the member resources page for details on your membership benefits such as workshops and conferences.

I already have a user account. How do I make sure I am affiliated with my institution?

  1. Please log-into
  2. Once logged in, click on your username in the upper right hand corner of the home page. You will be brought to your “My Account” page. Click on “Profile & Account Settings” to affiliate your account. Please enter your organization’s name and information in the spaces provided. (Please make sure the organization name you type in matches the one listed on the membership list.)
  3. The system will now recognize you as a member. Go to the member resources page for details on your membership benefits such as workshops and conferences.


  1. Membership Pricing for Online Workshops 
    Membership includes membership pricing on the  2015 schedule of workshops. Additional workshops are added throughout the year, so please make sure to check the schedule often. The member price for a workshop is $169. Non-member pricing is $269. If you and your faculty have set up your accounts or affiliated your existing accounts properly, you will automatically see the member price.


  1. Webinars
    Webinars are free to all members. If you and your faculty have set up your accounts or affiliated your existing accounts properly, you will automatically see the free registration link at the bottom of the webinar page.


  1. Conference Discounts
    If interested in attending any of the three annual OLC conferences, contact CETL at


  1. Publications Discounts
    Members receive a 10% discount on all publications. People with a properly affiliated user account will receive the 10% discount automatically when they log-in to the website.


  1. Website Resources
    Up to 30 members from your institution (you will need to designate your affiliates) will now have full access to website resources including the  Quality Scorecard for the administration of online education programs, articles from our journal, Online Learningsurveyspractitioner documentsJobLineeffective practicesListservcatalog of online programs, and more.


  1. Monthly Newsletters
    OLC sends out two monthly newsletters and additional special event e-mails if needed. The OLC Viewnewsletter is a general e-mail about what’s happening with OLC. The OLC Insider is a member’s only newsletter alerting members to new benefits and events. Please share this link with your faculty and staff who would like to receive communications from us and ask them to join our mailing list:


We hope that you take full advantage of the benefits of Institutional membership.

Perspectives of International and Non-Native Speakers

February 25th, 2016 by Melinda


Dew U Rheelie Endurestand what it’s like to live in a place where a language that is unnatural to you, is the only way to communicate? Imagine being surrounded by people who are unaware of these boundaries. This informational hands-on workshop is meant to put faculty and students in the shoes of international and non-native English speaking students on campus, through exposure to language and communication barriers.


Wednesday, March 2nd 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Frost Commons

Facilitators: Ronja Lotse and Brianna Pintauro

Please RSVP if you plan to attend via email to

Personal Writing and Caring for Students

February 25th, 2016 by Melinda


Please join us for a conversation about wellness concerns that may arise for instructors when we review student writing. Bring stories about what you’ve read and heard from students so we can talk about successful strategies for engagement, understanding, and perhaps even helping. What resources are available for students on campus to address emotional, social, and other concerns? What should we be reading/listening for? What should we do when we read something that causes us to pause? What kinds of approaches work best?

Tuesday, March 8th 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. OR Wednesday, March 9th 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Frost Common (both sessions)

Facilitators: Robert Hlasny, Ph.D., Director of the Michael L. Fischler Counseling  Center; Nancy Dyer, LICSW & MLADC;  and Elliott Gruner, Director of Composition

Please RSVP if you plan to attend via email to

Advising and Tools for Student Success  

February 24th, 2016 by Melinda


Plymouth State University has signed on to the EAB Student Success Platform and recently completed a pilot of the software.  Come hear about what we learned from that pilot and be trained on the use of the software.


Tuesday, March 22nd 9:00-10:00 a.m. OR

Wednesday, March 23rd 9:00-10:00 a.m.

CETL Faculty Lounge (Lamson 113)


Presenter: Patrick Cate, Dean of Center for Student Success


REQUIREMENT: If you plan to attend this event, please bring your laptop and send an email to so we can register you with the software.

Information for ATI Applicants

February 5th, 2016 by Melinda


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Call for Applicants!

USNH Academic Technology Institute 2016
Open Education: Pedagogy & Scholarship in a Connected Environment

The theme for this year’s ATI, “Open Education: Pedagogy & Scholarship in a Connected Environment,” will focus on open educational resources, open pedagogy and open access publishing.


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 Keene State College, May 29-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 focusing 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 fellows) will commit to a year-long project. Their projects will be in one or more of the following areas of their choosing:

Open Education Resources:
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. (SPARC)

Here is a short 4 minute overview on Open Education:
2-10-2016 1-41-44 PM

Faculty are encouraged to apply in pairs or teams and 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 fellow, 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 (or spring) course. Support will continue to be available through the duration of your faculty fellowship (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 then 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!


ATI application form is HERE (or copy and paste into your browser)


Application deadline is midnight, February 29th.


The ATI and the Open Education initiative are projects of the USNH Academic Technology Steering Committee and are funded by the USNH Long Range Technology Plan.


Call for Presenters: Collaborative Teaching

January 25th, 2016 by Melinda

CETL would like to put together a workshop/panel on collaborative teaching. Do you have ideas and experiences to share? Models for colleagues to consider? Needs and requests to submit? Drop a line to letting us know your interests and angles by Wednesday, Feb 17th. We’re leaving the description intentionally broad to solicit a variety of approaches and perspectives. We hope to schedule a session for March.

Teaching Strategies for Large Classes

January 25th, 2016 by Melinda

Got a class of 50 or more students? Want to share with and learn from your colleagues about how to engage effectively with students and to facilitate meaningful learning experiences? Join us!

Tuesday, Feb 9th 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. CETL Faculty Lounge (Lamson 113)

Facilitator: John Kulig, Professor of Psychology

Please RSVP if you plan to attend via email to