Announcement: Call for Proposals for the KCC Open Educational Resource Creation Award!

Kapi‘olani Community College and Lama Library and Learning Resources are excited to announce a call for proposals for the Kapi’olani Community College Open Educational Resource Creation Award. Our OER goals are to reduce the cost of educational materials for students, make quality OER available throughout the College and the University of Hawai‘i System, increase student success, and contribute to the global OER movement.

This award is to support you in creating educational materials to convert your class to Textbook Cost: $0 and to make your work available for other instructors who are adopting, modifying, and creating materials for their students.

For more information please see the announcement from Interim Chancellor Pagotto and Interim Vice Chancellor Kazama.


Proposal deadline: April 2, 2018.
Awards announcement: April 9, 2018.


For the full guidelines to apply please go HERE.
For any questions please feel free to contact Sunny Pai or Ashley Kajioka.


OER Petting Zoo: Last Look!

The University of Hawai’i System is adding to OER too!

We wanted to display not only the great OER resources that are out there, but also the work that our own instructors has done in creating materials. The University of Hawai’i System is working on creating OER resources. Check out the Hawai’i OER Library, which contains all the OER resources that are being used by instructor throughout the campuses. We also have a few OER resources created by KCC instructors available in the Kapi’olani Community College Repository.

New OER is being created everyday.

OER petting zoo book displayOER resources are not just online, but also in print form. OpenStax textbooks for instance can be ordered by the bookstore for those who want a print copy for a fraction of the cost of regular textbooks from traditional publishers. The great thing about using OER is that many of the resources available in a variety of formats, so students and instructors
can choose the way in which they want to access these materials.

We only had 12 of the resources available through OpenStax, but there are much more textbooks available on their website. OpenStax is not the only resource out there. There are thousands of resources already online and more being created everyday. For a list of resources visit our Resource page.

Unfortunately, the OER Petting Zoo that was on display for Open Educational Week has come down ☹.  Thanks to all of you who looked at the materials (faculty and students) and a special shout out to those in circulation and the other librarians who helped out. We could tell there was a lot of interest and hope that everyone found it fun and interesting.

If you have any questions about OER feel free to contact Sunny Pai or Ashley Kajioka.

Come to Lama Library and visit our OER Petting Zoo

Come to Lama Library to come see our Open Educational Resources Petting Zoo

OER Petting ZooWe will have print versions of selected OpenStax textbooks on reserve for faculty to check out. The display will start available from March 5-9, 2018, during Open Education Week. Check HERE for Library hours.

We also have printed versions of textbooks that were created by Kapi’olani Community College instructors out on display. Digital versions are also available on KapCC’s Digital Repository. OpenStax Textbooks on display:


Join us at the OER C4ward, Friday February 16th at Lama 111A

C4ward flyerCome join us on Friday, February 16th for our 1st Open Educational Resources C4ward. We will be located at LAMA 111A from 9:30AM-10:30AM,

This first meeting will be going through the basics of OER  and answer any questions. This could just be a space for like-minded instructors to talk to each other about OER or we can go do a little training. It is really designed to fit your needs.

So we hope to see you there. Check out the poster for more information or contact either Sunny or Ashley.

Click HERE for a printable PDF.

Thanks to instructors, students save $300,385…

Spring 2018 Textbook Cost_ $0

For the Spring 2018 semester we had 70 instructors, 147 classes in 28 different subjects teaching Textbook Cost: $0 courses. This resulted in helping 2608 students save money for other expenses (e.g. rent, childcare, insurance, etc.). In total, students saved $300,385 for this semester.

Let’s keep it up!

Continue helping students by remembering to designate your class as Textbook Cost: $0 into Banner. Not quite ready to designate your class in Banner yet? Join our C4ward and/or contact Sunny or Ashley.

For more information you can go to Kapiolani’s OER website.

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

#textbookcostzero #opened17 #freetextbooks #oer #openeducation

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: