Alum Profile: Steve Covello G’11: Bowler, Maker of things, and Open Education Ambassador

Steve CovelloSteve Covello earned an MS in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation in 2011, and has been with Granite State College (USNH) since June 2011 as the Rich Media Specialist and member of the instructional design team for GSC’s fully online degree programs. His background is in video production / post-production, graphic animation, WordPress website development, and electronic music composing. At GSC, he designs and develops interactive online multimedia and works with faculty on developing rich media skills for their online courses.

While at Syracuse, Steve was involved in supporting the School of Education’s website and video communication needs, especially in projects that involved direct engagement with the Syracuse community.

Steve earned a B.A. in Communications Radio/TV at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey and, prior to that, earned an A.S. in Bowling Lanes Management and Pinsetter Mechanics from Vincennes University Junior College, Vincennes Indiana. He has also earned CIWv5 certification for web design/development and is an Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist.

Before a career in instructional design, Steve worked in the broadcast post-production industry in New York City for 17 years working mostly in editing TV commercials and content for broadcast.

Steve has presented at numerous conferences on the topic of online pedagogy and has published an OER e-book on the topic of teaching online with rich media.

Steve is GSC’s Pressbooks administrator, which is the “definitive OER publishing platform in higher education.  He describes OER ( short for Open Educational Resources) as an “international movement away from expensive textbooks toward openly licensed resources under Creative Commons licensing.” Steve is a an USNH Open Education Ambassador and works every year with faculty on projects to migrate their course resources to OER.

“OER makes sense for reducing students costs,” he says, “but it also is closely tied to other issues like social justice given that the platform for developing OER means that students themselves can contribute to the content of the instructional material. Open Education (the larger umbrella of all of this) is about students being creators of what is knowable rather than passive consumers of it.”

Steve has also been teaching online since 2012 and has had his instructional strategies published in the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository at the University of Central Florida’s Center for Distributed Learning.

Steve has also produced no-cost OER e-books for students as part of his online teaching work, titled Trends in Digital & Social Media and 21st Century Communication.

Another element of his professional portfolio Steve is proud of is his work with National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). “I dedicated three years to the conversion of the NAMI Connect Suicide Prevention training program from face-to-face to a fully online training program. This has greatly expanded access to training for K-12 educators, mental health providers, medical staff, and leaders of youth organizations in all 50 states.”

As an alumnus of the IDD&E program, Steve has volunteered as an IDD&E classroom guest professional since 2016 to help students connect with the professional community of practice and participate in discussions that involve real world challenges in the instructional design field.

Steve and his family currently live in Contoocook, New Hampshire where he makes his own pizza and bagels and continues his interest in bowling.

What is rich media?

Rich media is a set of systems and resources with unique capabilities to convey information beyond the affordances of text alone. Rich media is not necessarily as a particular thing, such as a video in a course, but rather a broad set of communication resources to be used optimally under certain conditions.