OER Sessions

at Hawaii Student Success Institute 2019

Below are the Open Educational Resources sessions for Friday, March 1, 2019 at the Hawai'i Convention Center

Session 1, 10:10 am - 11:00 am

Serving Social Justice and Pedagogical Innovation through Open Educational Practices

with Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani in Room 303A (repeated in Session 4)

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.

Session 2, 11:10 am - 12:00 pm

Open Textbooks: Access, Affordability, and Academic Success

with David Ernst in Room 303A

Are you an instructor who is concerned about the academic impact of high textbook costs on your students? This workshop focuses on understanding students’ financial predicament and its impact on their academic success. Faculty will learn more about open textbooks and the benefits they can bring to student learning, faculty pedagogical practice, and social justice on campus. Faculty are invited to engage with open textbooks by writing a brief review as part of the faculty development workshop.

Textbook Cost $0: Why and How to Switch to OER for Your Class

with Hsin-i Tong, Honolulu Community College, in Room 321B

Have you heard about OER or are considering switching to OER materials for your class? Come to this workshop to get some tips on how to get started: from searching for the right OER materials (including OpenStax textbooks) for your course, to incorporating various low-cost and free online learning tools like Quizlet and Kahoot! in your classroom.

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

Getting started with open pedagogy

with Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani in Room 303A

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.

OpenStax and OER, a Quick Overview

with Nicole Finkbeiner in Room 325A

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?

Reflections from Some Math Faculty at UH on OER Platforms

with Tom Blamey, University of Hawai‘i Maui College, Gregg Longanecker, Leeward Community College, Ryan Girard, Kauai Community College in Room 308B
Many of us have paddled into the lineup with OER and this is a reflection on what some of us have come away with from the Mathematics side of the equation. Multiple platforms including Cengage and MyOpenMath will be discussed and contrasted with Standard LMS such as Pearson MyMathLab, McGraw Hill Connect/ALEKS, Cengage WebAssign, etc.

Session 4, 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

Serving Social Justice and Pedagogical Innovation through Open Educational Practices

with Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani in Room 303A (repeated in Session 1)

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.

Free the Textbook! Kapiʻolani’s OERCA Project (OER Creation Award)

with Sunyeen “Sunny” Pai, Lisa Miller, Mary Esteban, Dayna Kitsuwa, Korey Nishimoto, Sheryl Shook, and Marisa Yamada, Kapi‘olani Community College in Room 325A
The Open Educational Resources Creation Award (OERCA) encourages Kapiʻolani Community College faculty to create open textbooks and courses. Currently our intrepid faculty are working on ICS 141 Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science, MATH 75X Introduction to Math Reasoning, and PHYL 142L, Human Anatomy/Physiology Lab II. Join us as we explore why we would create OER, the challenges we are encountering, and different strategies and approaches we have developed to meet those challenges.

UH System Initiative for High-Enrolled Courses

Those interested in participating on an OER cross-campus collaboration are invitied to attend this meeting at 3:30 PM

in Room 303A

Courses include:


  • CHEM 161

  • ECON 130

  • ECON 131

  • ENG 100

  • HIST 151

  • PHYL 141 and PHYL 142

  • PSY 100

  • SOC 100

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