Introduction to BusinessBusiness EthicsThere are two new business books available from  OpenStax! Introduction to Business and Business Ethics books have just been published! Later this year, OpenStax will be adding faculty ancillaries to the website which will include PowerPoint slides and test banks.  Interested faculty can sign-up to be pre-approved to get the instructor resources.

You may have seen article "New Resource Offers Ideas for Advocating OER Adoption" in Campus Technology.

Lumen Learning has created an online resource to help proponents of open educational resources make the case for OER use on campus.

The OER Champion Playbook offers a collection of ideas, tips and tools for building effective OER initiatives.

For instance, ideas within the "Making the Case for OER" section include creating an OER initiative website, developing a persuasive elevator pitch, organizing an OER summit, setting up an OER sandbox and engaging student leadership. 

In keeping with the OER movement, there is a "Share Your Ideas" link which allows you to submit their own additions or improvements to any section of the Playbook.

We hope this will help you and others on your campus to continue advocating for OER! Please share your ideas back with us!

OER Open Educational ResourcesButte College is hosting a series of free “Introduction to OER” Webinars.  It is a 4-part series that is focused on orienting faculty who are new to OER.

The workshops are Fridays from 9 AM – 11 AM HST Time (Note: 11/9 and 12/14 are 10 AM - 12 PM due to daylight savings time).  The login for the webinars is:

Dates and tentative Topics:

9/28 – Introduction to OER and Open Access

10/12 –Licensing and Search Strategies

11/9 – Universal Design and Accessibility

12/14 – Curation using Pressbooks and Open Pedagogy

More information is found on the Intro to OER Course Website:

Registration is not necessary. Webinars are free. Please feel free to share with your colleagues.

As we move forward with tracking courses that have no course materials costs, colleges are asked to start reporting on Textbook Cost: $0 data.  The report should include, by fall semester, spring semester, and summer:

  1. Count of Textbook Cost: $0 sections (CRNs)
  2. Percentage of all CRNs for that semester or summer offered Textbook Cost: $0 (the number of TC$0 classes divided by total number of classes for that semester or summer)
  3. Count of students enrolled in "Textbook Cost: $0" classes
  4. Count of "Textbook Cost: $0" unique subjects taught
  5. Count of "Textbook Cost: $0" unique instructors teaching

Below are a few guidelines on how to develop a report for "Textbook Cost: $0".

  1. After the Last Day to Drop Courses Without a 'W' (e.g.: Sept 11, 2018), review your class availability listing and identify all "Textbook Cost: $0" classes. You can do this yourself or your institutional research office may be able to help. If you have to do this yourself,
    1. Using Acrobat Pro, create a PDF of all of your campus's classes using the UH class availability website.
    2. Using Acrobat, do a text search for "$0" to find each class and make a record of that class in a spreadsheet.
    3. Include CRN, subject, and instructor last name.
  2. Calculate cost savings. Using the list of classes listed as TC$0
    1. For each TC$0 course, assign a textbook cost for what it would have cost a student. Ways to get that price:
      1. Ask the bookstore for the cost of the textbook in previous semesters
      2. Check bookstore cost listings from previous years
      3. Use textbook cost data for the same course from another UH campus
      4. Ask faculty
      5. If none of the above work, use a nationally accepted "average" cost, $100.00.
    2. On or after the "Last Day to Withdraw without 'W' Grade", obtain enrollment data from STAR or your friendly campus data person by downloading the STAR enrollment data for all classes. Use this data to also count what the total number of classes were for that semester.
    3. Using enrollment data for each TC$0 class and the textbook cost, calculate the savings for that class.
    4. Add the total savings for all classes to get total cost savings.
    5. Special case: Honolulu CC has their IR person and their bookstore person put the data together into a spreadsheet that itemizes the information by CRN.
    6. Do this for each semester and for summer sessions. The academic year starts August 1, so report data for August 1 through July 31.

Aloha UHCC OER Leads,

In case you missed it, here are a few training options for you and your faculty. All are free.

In-person OER Training on UH Manoa Campus

Online OER Training by OpenStax

Topics include:

  1. What is OER?
  2. What is OpenStax?
  3. Are OpenStax books high quality and are they really free? (spoiler alert: yes)
  4. How can my students and I access the books?
  5. Do you have other teaching resources?
  6. What about homework and courseware?

Tuesday, September 4 at 6 a.m. HST and Monday, September 17 at 9 a.m. HST.

Registration for Tuesday, September 4

Registration for Monday, September 17

The following information is from a blog post from Nicole Finkbeiner, Associate Director, Institutional Relations at OpenStax. She has a tremendous amount of experience with Open Educational Resources and has shared a few lessons learned.


One of the lessons we’ve learned these past few years through our Institutional Partner Program is that it takes a lot of summer work to be able to hit the ground running for the Fall semester. Some of the best tactics take place at the very beginning of the school year, including:
- Hosting a workshop during the faculty training day
- Presenting at new faculty (and adjunct faculty) orientations about OER and ask people to sign-up for more information.
- Asking a senior leader to include encouragement (not mandate) for OER in their Convocation talk
The above usually requires you to do submit requests, etc. before mid-July. Also, as a former community college marketing director, I can attest that summer is a really good time to work with your marketing team on OER promotions for next year, as they have more time to work on things for you and can plan ahead to help you promote events and such.
So, with all of that in mind, I’ve created a summer action plan checklist to help you brainstorm various things you can do this summer to be ready for fall. It is attached.  Special thanks to Anita Walz, Walter Butler, and Jeremy Smith for reviewing the checklist and providing suggestions.
Have a great day!

This week's workshop has been an enlightening and empowering experience. I feel more confident and better equipped with knowledge, resources, and tools to pursue my zero cost textbook goal.  PRLS 2018 participant

Go Open, Go Free Using OER at the Pacific Region Learning Summit, May 14-18, 2018.

This year's Go Open, Go Free Using OER track at the 2018 Pacific Region Learning Summit was the largest and most diverse group ever to attend this training. Seventeen instructors from four campuses (Leeward, Kapiolani, Honolulu, and Windward CC) represented the following subjects:  Anatomy & physiology, communication/speech,  ESL, family resources, health sciences, history, literature, Japanese language, mathematics,  microbiology, physics, psychology, and veterinary science.

Led by facilitators Wayde Oshiro, Junie Hayashi, and Jason Yamashita, participants received a foundation in OER that included using Creative Commons (CC) licensed materials, adding CC licenses to their own works, combining licenses, properly attributing OER, and finding OER. The five-day workshop was structured around brief lectures, discussions, hands-on activities,  and free-work sessions. New this year was a UH Pressbooks mini-workshop on Day 4 that was provided by Billy Meinke, OER Technologist at UH Outreach College. With the training, each participant received a  UH Pressbooks development site to use in creating their OER textbook.

The availability of OER has improved greatly over the past few years but the quantity and sometimes quality is unevenly distributed depending on the subject area. Some participants found many resources to choose from while others found little to none. For some, adopting an existing open textbook could be as easy as choosing a new textbook. For others, the work will involve adapting and modifying existing OER to suit their needs, or building OER from scratch.

On Day 5, all participants reflected on their experiences during the week-long training. Uniformly, they expressed an increased confidence in finding OER and a better understanding of CC licenses and copyright issues. Their support for the OER movement as a social justice issue grew along with their desire to participate in the larger OER movement, either by teaching with currently available OER or by creating new resources and licensing their work for open sharing.

The OER movement relies on the expertise, commitment, and drive of individuals like these to create learning materials that are then shared with educators everywhere. Go Open, Go Free Using OER gives participants the knowledge and skills to participate in a global educational movement as adopters, adapters, and creators while directly impacting the quality of student learning here in Hawai'i.

The series of hands-on activities were engaging and reinforced my learning for adopting and further publishing OER materials. These activities were all beyond my expectations. PRLS 2018 participant

I found that I not only know that OER is good for my students to save money, but that I believe in the movement that information and knowledge should be freely shared. I now understand licensing, the purpose for each one, and how to apply them. Honestly, up until yesterday, I was still overwhelmed, but learning about Pressbooks helped alleviate the anxiety. This was great; I am now hopeful and excited! PRLS 2018 participant

Go Open, Go Free Using OER was supported by OER Initiative funding provided by the Office of the Vice President of Community Colleges, University of Hawai'i.

This UHCC OER Blog Site was designed as a place to share the OER events, successes, initiatives, and other activities occurring within the University of Hawai'i Community College system.

We are sharing the exciting new Leeward CC's OER Awards we introduced this year as a result of funding received from Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges, John Morton.

The awards were created to recognize Leeward CC instructor's use or creation of Open Educational Resources or designing renewable assignments.

Open Educator Award Leeward Community College Congratulations to P. Jayne Bopp!

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. Both videos are posted on the EMC YouTube channel. 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, Jayne!
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
Leeward Designing OER Renewable Assignments
Erika MolyneuxRachael Inake





Congratulations to Erika Molyneux & Rachael Inake!

Erika and Rachael will be creating a renewable assignment for Digital Art. The renewable assignment will have students create "how-to" videos on creating media using Photoshop. The student tutorials will be licensed under Creative Commons and uploaded to a YouTube playlist. The playlist will be linked to the instructor's class modules. The tutorials will be openly available to current students, future students, and the community.

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: $250 each

Leeward OER Creation AWardKelsie AguileraCongratulations to Kelsie Aguilera!

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.

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


Please share OER initiatives on your respective campuses! Send an email to and we will be happy to post it!


As OER Pioneers on your campus, administrators, faculty, and students may share with you different marketing materials offering access to amazing Open Educational Resources. One such option is Barnes & Noble education's Courseware.

Unlike the OER materials the UHCC colleges are adopting and producing, Barnes & Noble Courseware is not free. Barnes & Noble are taking existing OER materials such as OpenStax, adding closed, copyrighted content, and then charging for it. If you read the fine print it states "by providing affordable Courseware".

Barnes & Noble, like Cengage and Pearson, are competing with the OER movement by marketing directly to administrators and trying to confuse faculty and students with messaging that make it sound like they are providing real OER products, "a wolf in sheep’s clothing", if you will. Their materials are stored on proprietary platforms that make it difficult for students to print content, for faculty to modify the content for their students, and for faculty to share materials modified for local students with other faculty. Please treat this marketing as an “openwashing,” a tactic being used nationally to undermine the OER movement.

Academic Services at each of the UHCC campuses are already providing (or ramping up to provide) many of the services Barnes & Noble are offering, without cost to our students.  It is important for everyone to be vigilant about publisher practices to monetize OER. We, as a group should be identifying strategies to better educate our faculty so they can make discerning decisions on adopting course materials that are truly open and cost-free.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with this resource  -   a side-by-side comparison of OER and two of the most recent "affordable" options introduced by publishers.

Post by Wayde Oshiro, Sunny Pai, and Leanne Riseley

During our Post-HSSI Go Open, Go Free Using OER session, we introduced OpenStax as one option to explore. One of the most common questions we receive during our OER workshops is about the quality of OER materials and how they are produced.

OpenStax logoAs you are aware, OpenStax, offers high-quality, peer-reviewed,  introductory level college textbooks. OpenStax follows the best practices of traditional publishing. This blog post details the process OpenStax goes through from securing funding to the iterative writing process to production and publication. You can assure your faculty who may be considering adopting OpenStax textbooks that each textbook is the result of a collaborative effort of multiple subject matter experts that undergo several cycles of review and revision.