Faculty Instructional Technology and Strategies Institute   (FITSI)

2024 FITSI Events

Information soon coming. 


2023 FITSI Events

  1. October 4 from 12:30 - 2:30pm in Conant Hall, Room 113. Lunch available at 12pm (see details below
  2. October 10 from 6:00 - 7:30pm on Zoom (see details below)
  3. October 13 from 12:30 - 2:00pm on Zoom (see details below)


Title Maximize Student Potential: Apply Universal Design for Learning to Your Instruction (FITSI)
Date/Time Wednesday, October 4, 2023 from 12:30 - 2:30
Location 113 Conant Hall. Lunch is available starting at 12:00.
Abstract Every learner is complex and unique, and has a unique way of learning. Universal Design for Learning is an inclusive approach to design that minimizes barriers and maximizes learning for all students. In this session, we will explore the UDL framework, look at barriers your students may be facing in your course, and workshop approaches to clear those barriers. Bring your syllabus, lesson, or other course materials and a laptop.
Presenters Scott Lapinski, Director, Student Accessibility Services  |   Scott Kimball, Manager, Learning Development and Innovation / CEITL


Title Leverage M365 Tools (bookings, M365 Tools in Canvas, Immersive Reader in Canvas) to Lift Learning (FITSI)
Date/Time Tuesday, October 10, 2023 from 6:00 - 7:30PM
Location Zoom.

Leverage the power of Microsoft tools for streamlined workflows and improved learning outcomes in any course. Connect Microsoft 365 to Canvas to enhance communication, collaboration, and content creation. When tools are integrated, it creates a simpler and more seamless learning experience for everyone.

 In this workshop you will be introduced to some of the tools that Microsoft Office 365 provides that can help you with managing your teaching presence and increase student engagement. During this interactive discussion, we will provide an overview of each tool, how to find it and set it up, and review some use cases, allowing time to discuss how you might use the tool to improve your learning environment.

 Tools covered include:

  • ​​​MS Bookings
  • Immersive Reader in Canvas
  • MS OneDrive in Canvas
  • MS Teams Classes in Canvas

Additional resources for each will be provided, including training options. 

Presenters Karen Hoover, Learning Design and Technology  |   Fran Keefe, Learning Development and Innovation


Title Innovating with Canvas (FITSI)
Date/Time Friday, October 13, 2023 from 12:30 - 2:00
Location Zoom.
Abstract Canvas serves as our Learning Management System (LMS), empowering us to seamlessly host course materials such as readings and videos, efficiently handle assignments, and facilitate exam administration. During this session, we will focus on developing innovative approaches with an aim toward guiding students to enhanced engagement and better learning outcomes.  
Key topics covered in this session encompass cultivating a vibrant learning community enhancing students’ ownership of their learning through innovative student strategies and the canvas tools to support them.
Presenter Fran Keefe, Learning Development and Innovation


    FITSI 2023: Empowering Faculty to Help Students be Their Best

This year’s keynote speaker is James Lang, author of Small Teaching and Distracted

June 6-7 Online, June 8 in-person

2023 marks the 22nd annual FITSI. We are re-imagining FITSI this year with a tiered participation model.  

  • Most of our online presentations and some workshops will be open to the public.
  • The FITSI Project Cohort, limited to 20 seats, will have access to additional project-focused workshops and consultations as well as up to $2000 in technology / pedagogy support funding opportunities.

The FITSI Project Cohort is open to regular faculty, instructors, and graduate students. Adjunct instructors are not eligible for the Project Cohort or funding but are encouraged to attend open sessions and engage with learning architects.     

Applicants will identify a course in which student learning outcomes may be improved with the use of new technologies and/or strategies. The FITSI cohort experience will support a course transformation project with a series of online and in-person seminars and workshops, individual consultations with Learning Architects and Instructional Technologists, and up to $2000 in funding for technology/pedagogy support.    

FITSI is made possible through funding by Academic Technology and the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

For more information, contact Scott Kimball.




2023 FITSI UNH Logo

Empowering Faculty to Help Students be Their Best

Registration for 2023 FITSI is now closed.

2023 FITSI session Registration Form 

FITSI 2023 Session Descriptions

2023 FITSI Guest Speaker: Dr. James Lang

2023 FITSI Guest Speaker James Lang

Dr. James Lang

Tuesday, June 6, 10am - 11am (via Zoom)

"Teaching Distracted Minds: Old Challenges, New Contexts"

Presenter: Dr. James Lang

Author of: 

Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It (2020)

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (2016)

2023 FITSI Guest Speaker: Ray Schroeder

2023 FITSI Guest Speaker Ray Schroeder

Ray Schroeder

Wednesday, June 7, 10am - 11am (via Zoom)

"The Impact of Generative Artificial Intelligence on Higher Education"

Presenter: Ray Schroeder

Professor Emeritus of Communication, University of Illinois, Springfield

Senior Fellow University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)

2023 FITSI Guest Speaker: Dr. Carol Hurney

2023 FITSI Guest Speaker Carol Hurney

Dr. Carol Hurney

Wednesday, June 7, 2:30pm - 3:30pm (via Zoom)

"Making Active Learning Work Using the Science of Learning"

Presenter: Dr. Carol Hurney

Associate Provost, Faculty Development

Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Colby College


Registration for 2023 FITSI is now closed.

2023 FITSI session Registration Form

FITSI 2023 Session Descriptions

2023 FITSI Schedule: June 5, 6, 7 & 8

Monday, June 5

Time Location Format Title Organizer
10am - 11am        Zoom Pre-conference session (optional) Canvas Fran Keefe
11am - 12pm Zoom Open session Microsoft M365 Applications Karen Hoover

Tuesday, June 6

Time Location Format Title Organizer
10am-11:30am                                              Zoom Keynote Teaching Distracted Minds: Old Challenges, New Contexts  Dr. James Lang
1-hour, 30-minute break from 11:30am - 1pm  
1pm - 1:55pm                                      Zoom Session Active Learning – One Size Does Not Fit All: The ICAP (Interactive, Constructive, Active, and Passive) Approach Can Help Inform Your Design and Promote Student Learning Dr. Catherine Overson
2pm - 2:55pm          Zoom Session Universal Design for Learning Scott Lapinski
3pm - 4pm              Zoom Panel Exemplars of Engagement                                                                         

Facilitator: Scott Kimball

Panelists: Trish Cox, Krista Jackman, Dr. Rose Pruiksma

Wednesday, June 7

Time Location Format Title Organizer
10am - 11am  Zoom Presentation The Impact of Generative Artificial Intelligence on Higher Education Ray Schroeder
15-minute break from 11am - 11:15am  
11:15am - 12pm                 Zoom Session #1 Empowering All Students with M365 Tools: Built-in Equity and Accessibility Solutions Karen Hoover
  Zoom Session #2 Graphic Design for Educators: Reducing Cognitive Load Through Elegant, Accessible Visual Design Becca Van Horn
  Zoom Session #3 A Survey of Multimedia Tools for Teaching and Learning      Mike McIntire & Doug Keene
1-hour break from 12pm - 1pm  
1pm - 1:40pm Zoom Session #4 Technology for the Purpose of What? Using the 4 Shifts Protocol Discussion Format Karen Hoover
     Zoom Session #5 Twine – Choosing Your Own Adventure is Easier Than You Think Mike McIntire
                                                          Zoom  Session #6 Innovating with Canvas Scott Kimball & Fran Keefe
5-minute break from 1:40pm - 1:45pm  
1:45pm - 2:25pm Zoom Session #7 Rubrics & Speedgrader Fran Keefe
                                                                Zoom Session #8 Multimodal Instruction and Assessment Xuan Cai
                                                       Zoom Session #9 Accessibility Basics: Essential Skills for Creating Accessible Documents Abby Brandt & Scott Lapinski
5-minute break from 2:25pm - 2:30pm  
2:30pm - 3:30pm      Zoom Speaker Making Active Learning Work Using the Science of Learning Dr. Carol Hurney

Registration for 2023 FITSI is now closed.

2023 FITSI session Registration Form 

FITSI 2023 Session Descriptions

Thursday, June 8

Poster Session: 12:30pm - 1:30pm | Paul College Great Hall, Rooms G25, G35 & G59

Title Presenter(s)
Microsoft OneDrive & Sharepoint Karen Hoover & Fran Keefe
Wireless Projection Craig Hopkins
Streaming Software and Technology, 360° Cameras Scott Kimball
Virtual Reality Mike McIntire
Complementary Literacies Kathrine Aydelott