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February 18, 2019
by Leanne Riseley
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Winning with OER

The following awards have been designed to recognize Leeward CC instructors’ use or creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) or designing renewable assignments. Funds for these programs have been provided by the Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges at the University of Hawai’i.

Join the 2018 OER award recipients to hear more about their projects, the awards, and how to apply at the TGIF session on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in BE 104.

Congratulations to P. Jayne Bopp!

The Leeward Open Educator Award is an annual award which seeks to recognize faculty who promote or contribute to a culture of utilizing Open Educational Resources (OER) in the classroom.
P. Jayne BoppThe Leeward Open Educator Award is an annual award which seeks to recognize faculty who promote or contribute to a culture of utilizing Open Educational Resources (OER) in the classroom. Award amount: $500.

Jayne has designated eight (8) of her classes as Textbook Cost: $0. She has saved students over $132,600.

Jayne’s OER journey included adopting an existing open textbook and openly licensing resources for four classes. She created two new resources where none existed before and openly licensed this content for others to use. Jayne created an OER activity for Sociology of the Family by adapting existing OER, applying a Creative Commons license to it, and sharing the modified OER in the UH OER Repository. Jayne also shared her experiences in a video produced by the Educational Media Center (EMC) and served as a guest speaker on a panel with Michelle Igarashi. Finally, Jayne participated in an OpenStax pilot test for Concept Coach, a homework tool for their introduction to sociology textbook. Jayne is a true champion for OER at Leeward.

Congratulations to Erika Molyneux and Rachael Inake!

The goal of the LDORA is to create renewable assignments based on the principles of OER-Enabled Pedagogy which are designed to be used with specific open educational resources.
Erika MolyneuxRachael Inake In a partnership between instructor and instructional designer, the goal of the LDORA is to create a renewable assignment based on the principles of OER-Enabled Pedagogy which are designed to be used with specific open educational resources. Award amount: $250 each.

Erika and Rachael created a renewable assignment for Digital Art. The renewable assignment had students create “how-to” videos on creating media using Photoshop. The student tutorials were licensed under Creative Commons and uploaded to a YouTube playlist. The playlist was linked to the instructor’s class modules. The tutorials are openly available to current students, future students, and the community. Erika and Rachael’s renewable assignment is available for others to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute under CC BY 4.0.

Congratulations to Kelsie Aguilera!

The goal of the LOERCA is to develop original OER materials where none exists or revise and remix existing OER with the addition of original content. Kelsie Aguilera

The goal of the LOERCA is to develop original OER materials where none exists or revise and remix existing OER with the addition of original content. Award amount: $3000.

Kelsie is serving as the managing editor and author of a high-quality, open access biological anthropology textbook with 100% original written content that will be written and peer-reviewed by experts in the field. It is the first of its kind and slated to be ready for use in Fall 2019. The edited book will be available free of charge under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International License and housed on a website administered by the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC), a professional anthropology organization that is part of the American Anthropological Association. In addition, this edited book will be made available on the University of Hawaii Open Educational Resources (OER) Repository and may be uploaded to UH Pressbooks.

Explorations Sample Book Cover

Apply for the 2019 OER Awards

If you are interested in applying for this year’s awards, visit the OER Award Programs and apply online. Deadline: March 15, 2019.

More at the TGIF Session

If you’d like to hear more or have questions, the OER awardees will be sharing and answering questions at an upcoming TGIF session on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in BE 104.

TGIF 2018 OER award recipients flier

February 4, 2019
by Brent Hirata
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Don’t Just Stand There, Swivl

Swivl ProcessAre you interested in capturing a video of yourself teaching, but dread being stuck standing in one place for the whole time?  Has poor audio made your past recordings unusable?   Are you having trouble scheduling a peer review visit or need evidence of your teaching?  Break out of that frame of mind with the Swivl video tracking/ capturing system.  The EMC recently expanded to 3 Swivl capture kits, the Swivl will smoothly pan and tilt your mobile video device (or use ours) and follow you as you move throughout the classroom.   We agree that having great audio is really important, Swivl incorporates wireless microphones for you and an additional one for small groups.  Swivl is also a great tool if you are having trouble scheduling peers to review or capture evidence of your teaching.   Simple and easy to use, the Swivl robotic tripod system is available for instructors to check out from out EMC.   Finished recordings can be saved or shared with others via UH Google Drive.      Please contact Brent (bhirata@hawaii.edu) in the Educational Media Center if you are interested in checking out Swivl.

Advantages:

  • Be free to move around your classroom
  • Wireless (instructor & student) microphones
  • Mobile setup
  • No Internet required for recording (only for uploading later on)
  • No new sign up (Swivl app works with your UH Google)

Check out our previous post illustrating the differences between a video camera, stationary iPad and iPad mounted on Swivl.

Swivl Process

 

February 1, 2019
by Leanne Riseley
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Accepting Applications for OER Awards

Application Period: February 1 – March 15, 2019

Three awards to recognize OER innovation at Leeward CC.

 The Leeward Open Educator Award is an annual award which seeks to recognize faculty who promote or contribute to a culture of utilizing Open Educational Resources (OER) in the classroom.

The Leeward Open Educator Award is an annual award which seeks to recognize faculty who promote or contribute to a culture of utilizing Open Educational Resources (OER) in the classroom.

Award Amount: $500

The goal of the LDORA is to create renewable assignments based on the principles of OER-Enabled Pedagogy which are designed to be used with specific open educational resources.
The goal of the LDORA is to create renewable assignments based on the principles of OER-Enabled Pedagogy which are designed to be used with specific open educational resources.

Award Amount: $500, split between instructor and educational technologist.
 The goal of the LOERCA is to develop original OER materials where none exists or revise and remix existing OER with the addition of original content.
The goal of the LOERCA is to develop original OER materials where none exists or revise and remix existing OER with the addition of original content.

Award Amount: Varies between $1,000 – $4,000

More Information >>

 


OERLeeward CC OER Website


Funds for these program have been provided by the Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges at the University of Hawai’i.

 

January 23, 2019
by Leanne Riseley
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CES Important Dates for Spring 2019

Starting Fall 2018, the University of Hawai’i System started using a new Course Evaluation System (CES) for all courses as a way for students to provide feedback on their learning experiences.


Important Dates for This Semester

 

  • Mar 4 – Apr 11, 2019 – Instructors setup their questions
  • Apr 15 – May 2, 2019  – Students take evaluation
  • May 15, 2019 – Results released
  • Jun 1, 2019 – Results published

Fast Track It

Most of you setup and used CES last semester, so you can use the fast track feature to quickly copy your previous survey to this semester.

  1. Login at https://www.hawaii.edu/ces.
  2. Click on Copy Questions (first icon).

Screenshot of CES, Copy Questions is the first icon

3. Copy last semester’s CRNs to this semesters CRN(s).

Copy Survey Questions Screenshot

Accelerated Courses

If you teach a 5-week, 8-week or other non-traditional course, your course survey will be available for students to take two weeks prior to the end of the course. Therefore, considering setting up your CES course now. If your course start and end dates are incorrect in CES, email CES Support for help.

 

January 15, 2019
by Leanne Riseley
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CES Results

Starting Fall 2018, the University of Hawai’i System started using a new Course Evaluation System (CES) for all courses as a way for students to provide feedback on their learning experiences.

Last Semester’s Results

Your CES results from last semester have been published! To access the results:

  1. Login to CES (https://www.hawaii.edu/ces/)
  2. Click on “View Results” (the rightmost icon near the top of the page)

Screenshot of CES Home screen

3. Click on the class you would like to view.

Your results will look something this:

sample screenshot of course evaluation results

Your course results are in the last row of the table.

Interpreting the Results

In this example, there were 7 students (N-Size) who took the evaluation. The course average was 4.86 out of 5.00.

In comparison, the Culinary Arts courses average is 4.29; the PAT Division courses average 4.41; Leeward CC courses average 4.48.

Downloading/Printing the Results

To print, click “Download Results” on the green bar near the top of the page. You may download it as a .PDF or .XLS.

Screenshot showing Download Results pulldown menu with "Download as .PDF" and "Download as .XLS"

Open the file in Adobe Acrobat or Excel and print.


Important Dates for This Semester

  • Mar 4 – Apr 11, 2019 – Instructors setup their questions
  • Apr 15 – May 2, 2019  – Students take evaluation
  • May 15, 2019 – Results released
  • Jun 1, 2019 – Results published

 

Important websites

Course Evaluation System (CES)
UH System CES Information
Leeward CC CES Information

November 28, 2018
by Leanne Riseley
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Creating an OER Textbook by Cara Chang

The following post is written by Cara Chang, Leeward CC English Instructor.

TCara Changhis semester (Fall 2018) is my first semester teaching and piloting a new OER textbook for English 209: Business Writing.  Prior to teaching the class, I found two possible OER textbooks for my class on OER Commons.  The first textbook was Business Writing by Lumen Learning and the second textbook was Business Communication for Success from Open Textbook Library. I found both books to have important information; the Business Writing textbook focused more on writing skills and concepts while the Business Communication for Success text focused more on oral communication. I also noticed that there was some overlap in the content in both textbooks; in fact, some of the chapters in both textbooks were exactly the same.  As I started thinking about what textbook I wanted my students to use, it became apparent that both textbooks had something to offer. Though most of the SLOs in the course focused on writing skills, one of ENG 209’s SLOs mentioned delivering an oral report, which my students would be doing for their final assignment.  Therefore, I figured it would be helpful for my students to have access to material on both written and oral communication skills.

In April and May of 2018, I attended a workshop led by UH OER Technologist, Billy Meinke, who shared about Pressbooks, which is a simple e-book production software.  He shared an example of a UH Mānoa Nutrition textbook, which had used Pressbooks, and I really liked the appearance, layout, and clean look of the textbook. I also liked how compatible and easily accessible the textbook was on my phone since I knew that would mean that students could also easily access the textbook.  I also learned that some OER materials could be easily imported into Pressbooks, which would mean that I would not necessarily need to create material from scratch.

I spent July and August creating the textbook for the business writing class.  After planning the course schedule and looking through the two OER textbooks, I decided what information I wanted to include and exclude.  I ended up keeping information from both books and combining both textbooks into one textbook while organizing the information in an easy to understand way.  I was able to do this quite easily by importing one textbook into Pressbooks, but I wasn’t able to do this for the other textbook, which I ended up copying, pasting, and organizing in a cohesive manner.  The book starts with general content surrounding communication, covers the writing process and types of business writing, narrows down to specific writing rules and conventions, and concludes with presentations.  Lastly, I made a cover page for my textbook and named the textbook Business Writing for Success, which is a combination of both of the textbook titles.

Business Writing for Success Fall 2018 Edition

Overall, I liked working with Pressbooks.  It seemed fairly easy to use, and the layout was visually appealing and organized.  Furthermore, it seemed to be easily accessible for my students. When I finished creating the textbook, I included the textbook as an external website link in Laulima.  My students seem to like the textbook. They like that they don’t have to pay for a textbook and that all of the course materials are located in Laulima. To be honest, I’m not sure they really utilized the textbook as much as I hoped.  However, they did have group presentations on how to give presentations where each group was required to read and present on an assigned chapter in the book. I plan to have them take a survey regarding the textbook at the end of the semester, so I know how to better improve it.

While teaching the course and using the book for the first time, I came to realize how I would like to revise the textbook to make it better.  As I progressed through the semester, I realized that there was not enough business writing examples for my students. I ended up creating examples for my students that we would view, discuss, and critique in class.  Furthermore, I also realized that there are possible chapters I would like to add in the textbook. For example, I had my business writing students create a website and blog in class, and I needed to find external websites for students to read to assist them in this process.  Finally, there is room for creating and curating more lectures/videos for students who wish for supplemental materials.

In conclusion, I learned a lot from creating an OER textbook using Pressbooks.  It was user friendly and allowed enough customization for my needs. I would definitely consider utilizing Pressbooks to create another OER textbook in the future if I need to, and I invite other faculty members to participate in this valuable experience, as well.

November 14, 2018
by Leanne Riseley
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What We Have Learned About CES – Part 5 (Final One for Fall 2018)

CES was released on Monday, October 29, 2018. Together, we are learning about this new system. Some wonderful hints and questions have already been shared. By communicating them to you, I hope it will help you as you set up your CES for your class(es).


This helpful hint was submitted by Matt Egami

Matt Egami headshot

Instructors may have different sets of questions for different types of courses, therefore, in the question pool, I separated my lecture questions from my lecture/lab questions by creating a question of ********* to separate the two. See screenshot.

list of questions in question pool with **** separating questions

Note: See related hint by Michael Oishi on adding different sets of questions for different types of courses.


stickman standing behind a red X

Deadline for Instructors to setup CES for this semester is Thursday, November 15, 2018!

After Thursday, you will no longer be able to add questions to your evaluations.

Students will take the surveys from Monday, November 19, 2018 to Thursday, December 6, 2018.


This is the final CES newsletter for this semester. Thank you for reading them and for sharing your hints and questions with others.

We are compiling a list of suggestions to improve CES. Please send your suggestions to Leanne or Adam by Friday, November 16, 2018.

More information at Leeward CC CES site.

November 8, 2018
by Leanne Riseley
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What We Have Learned About CES – Part 4

CES was released on Monday, October 29, 2018. Together, we are learning about this new system. Some wonderful hints and questions have already been shared. By communicating them to you, I hope it will help you as you set up your CES for your class(es).


This question was submitted by Albert Chan

Albert ChanI have already constructed my survey with relevant questions and it is ready to go. Do I need to do anything else before it is released to the students? After they receive the notification, may I remind them to take the survey?

After you created your survey, you are ready to go. You do not have to do anything else to release it to students. A common mistake is to only enter the questions into the question pool. Be sure to add the questions to each of your surveys. It is a two-step process: 1. add questions to question pool, 2. select questions for your survey.

Students will receive automated messages from the UH system to take the surveys. Students will be taking the surveys from Nov 19, 2018 – Dec 6, 2018. I like your idea to remind your students (in class and by email) to take the survey.


This question was submitted by Michael Oishi.

Michael Oishi headshotWill CES provide instructors a running total/percentage of how many students have completed a given survey, similar to eCAFE?

Once the students start taking the survey, if you login to CES you will see updated statistics for each of your classes. It will look similar to this screen. Each CRN has the number of students enrolled, completed, and opted-out.

Screenshot showing two CRNs with the number of students enrolled, number of students completed, and number of students opted out.


This question was submitted by Tina Lee.

Tina Lee HeadshotWhen eCafe first came out I thought I remembered a bunch of questions being available that we could choose from and add into our evaluation. Is there a question bank that we could refer to in case we wanted to revise our evaluation questions?

Yes, the questions from Leeward’s paper surveys were collected by Faculty Senate. They can be found on our CES website (scroll to the bottom for links to questions by Division). Additionally, all 300+ old eCafe questions have been archived and are available from within eCafe under Help –> View Retired eCafe Questions.

Help menu - View Retired eCafe Questions


This question was submitted by Erika Molyneux.

Erika MolyneuxI accidentally copied a few questions into my question bank more than once. I made the duplicates inactive, but is there a way to actually delete them from the question bank?

No, sorry, you can’t delete them. You can only make them inactivate. For future reference, once a question has been used in a completed survey, for statistical and historical reasons, the question cannot be changed.

 


Please continue to share your helpful hints with me and I will share it out.
Email Leanne Riseley: leannech@hawaii.edu

More information at Leeward CC CES site.

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