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:

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.