University of Hawaiʻi goes to Open Education 2017!

The University of Hawaiʻi goes to Open Education 2017! This conference was all about making education more accessible and affordable.

Representatives from Mānoa, Honolulu, Windward, Leeward, Maui, and Kapiʻolani attended the conference to learn new ways to expand Textbook Cost: $0 and OER for all our campuses.

We also shared our efforts through presentations. Check out the links below for more details. 🙂 <–Info about UHCC system collaboration <–Info about Mānoa faculty empowerment

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We saved students $294,936!

F2017 OER Savings

Thanks to all who made their classes Textbook Cost: $0 this Fall 2017 semester. The estimated cost for textbook and supplies this year is $1012 (Cost of Attendance, KCC). Converting your class to Textbook Cost: $0 helps students with not only school expenses, but also helps them be better prepared for class. Let’s work on converting your class to OER together.

To learn more or to ask how to get started email Kara (our friendly librarian).

U.S. Department of Education Open Licensing Rule Now in Effect

“The U.S. Department of Education’s new open licensing rule has gone into effect. Starting in FY 2018, education resources created with Department of Education discretionary competitive grants ($4.2 billion in FY 2016) must be openly licensed and shared with the public.” ~ Cable Green

It is an exciting week for Open Kapiʻolani. What happens nationally will affect us locally.

Read Green’s article to learn how  the new U.S. Dept. of Ed ruling will increase access to all and promote a culture of sharing:

12.32% of KCC classes are $0 Cost Textbook


It’s a wonderful thing when every semester you don’t have to worry about buying textbooks or pray that the books you ordered online gets to you on time. As of Spring 2017, about 12.32% of Kapi’olani Community College classes are $0 Cost Textbook. Thanks to the instructors who are teaching $0 Cost Textbook; they helped a total of 2194 students with their book expenses. This means that you helped save students a total of $232,751.40 for just the Spring semester!

Since Spring 2016, the students have saved a total of $511,141.91. Good job faculty and lecturers.


The UH Bookstores learn about OER

On October 21 managers from nine UH Bookstores arrived at Kapi‘olani Community College for a statewide meeting. The first item on their agenda was a four hour workshop on OER and the Textbook Cost: $0 program now in effect at Leeward Community College, UH Manoa Outreach College, Honolulu Community College, and Kapi‘olani Community College. As they had requested, Junie Hayashi (LCC), Billy Meinke (Manoa), and I (Kapi‘olani) provided a shortened version of Kapi‘olani’s 4-day OER workshop.

We talked about the OER movement, Creative Commons, copyright, and how to find and use open educational resources available on the web.  They also learned that they could order OER textbooks from Open Stax and provide on-demand printing for OER as a service to our students.  Feedback was both enthusiastic and full of questions and insights as they face a changing world of educational resources.