Join us for the OER Track

at Hawaii Student Success Institute

Features Rajiv Jhangiani and NIcole Finkbeiner

This year, we have sessions specifically on OER with nationally and internatially-known OER advocates:


Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is Special Advisor to the Provost on Open Education and a psychology instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia. His research and practice focus on student-centered pedagogies and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Rajiv is a co-founder of the Open Pedagogy Notebook, an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching and an Ambassador for the Center for Open Science. You can find him online at @thatpsychprof or thatpsychprof.com


Nicole Finkbeiner is the Director of Institutional Relations at OpenStax at Rice University. OpenStax is a premier publisher of high quality open textbooks adopted around the world. Nicole is a highly effective and experienced communications professional working closely with higher education institutions in adopting open resources.

Friday, March 1st, 8:30am

1801 Kalakaua Avenue

Honolulu, HI

Room 303A

Serving Social Justice and Pedagogical Innovation through Open Educational Practices with Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani

Session 1, 10:10 am - 11 am (repeated in Session 4, 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm)

Higher education promises to be a vehicle for economic and social mobility; however, this promise increasingly goes begging as our institutions are subtly structured to reinforce existing inequalities, with engagement, persistence, and achievement still closely tied to affordability.


Open educational practices (OEP) encompass the creation, adaptation, and adoption of open educational resources, open course development, and even the design of renewable assignments where students are empowered as co-creators of knowledge. OEP represents a truly learner-centered approach to education that radically enhances both agency and access.


This presentation will draw on a diverse set of examples to make a case for why the shift away from traditional (closed) practices is not only desirable but also inevitable, and how embracing OEP supports both social justice and pedagogical innovation.

OpenStax and OER, a Quick Overview with Nicole Finkbeiner

Session 2, 11:10 am - 12:00 pm (repeated in Session 3, 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm)

What is OER? What is OpenStax? Are the books really free? What quality level are the books? Who is using the books? How does this increase my academic freedom? How do my students and I access the books? What about teaching resources? What about homework and courseware? What about print copies?

Getting started with open pedagogy with Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani

Session 3, 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

Open Pedagogy is both an access-oriented commitment to learner-driven education and a process of designing architectures and using tools for learning that enable students to shape the public knowledge commons of which they are a part. It is an approach to teaching and learning that interrogates the traditional roles of the instructor and the student by providing more agency to both.


This hands-on workshop will draw on a diverse range of examples to illustrate what open pedagogy can look like in practice before challenging participants to (re)design traditional course assignments so that they are less disposable (limited in impact, audience, and life) and more renewable.

HSSI Post-Institute Event for OER

Room 304B

The post-institute on Saturday, March 2, 2019 for OER is a closed meeting for the UHCC OER Leads only. Unsure of who your campus representative is? View the UHCC OER Leads list and contact information.

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