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The 2023 UH Online Professional Development (UHOPD) Program Applications are open!

Our 2023 UH Online Professional Development (UHOPD) Accelerated and Early College cohort applications are now open to all instructors across the UH System! 

Accepted applicants will develop an accelerated or Early College online Laulima course while participating in fun activities, learning strategies from guest presenters, and networking with colleagues.

Check out the UHOPD webpage for more information and to apply!

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The 2022 Cohort starts Phase 3 of the UHOPD Program!

Our 2022 UH Online Professional Development (UHOPD) Accelerated and Early College cohorts are now entering Phase 3: UH Online Quality Course Design Review where the online courses they have developed during the PD course are being reviewed by designated system and campus instructional designers.

Faculty will work collaboratively with the IDs to complete course revisions in alignment with the UH Online Quality Course Design Review and will have additional time to implement any feedback into their courses before the scheduled release date.

We’re in the last stretch, 2022 UHOPD cohort! We are looking forward to supporting you during the course review process.

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The UH Online Professional Development (UHOPD) Course is Off to a Great Start!

Our 2022 UHOPD Accelerated and Early College cohorts completed their first sync session earlier this week! Mahalo to the UHOPD alumni guest presenters (Anika Gearhart & Ann Abeshima) who shared strategies and tips with the accelerated cohort, and to the Early College high school coordinators and early college students who shared their experiences with the Early College cohort!

Another sync session will occur on Friday, when the cohorts will dive deeper into building empathy with students and much more!

As always, we always look forward to the connections and learnings that occur within the learning community throughout the PD!

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A Spoonful of Sugar: How to Bring the Element of Fun (and Engagement) to Your Online Courses! Webinar Resources

Mahalo for joining the A Spoonful of Sugar: How to Bring the Element of Fun (and Engagement) to Your Online Courses! Webinar on March 22nd!  Great ideas for student engagement were shared by the participants – we collected them in a word cloud below:

What strategies have you used or experienced that successfully combined fun and engagement with learning?  Kahoot! Scavenger Hunts, Flipgrid, Role Play, Music, GIFs, Memes, Quizlet, Playdoh, puzzles, Online Jeopardy, Eggspert Kit, Active Learning Groups, Bingo, Exercise breaks, scenarios, video clips, interactive crosswords, personal stories of strategies that worked or failed, screenwriting, label reading with their home foods, Q&A, Polling, students enjoy my dumb jokes, find lyrics related to topic challenge.
A word cloud image of an umbrella containing various participants’ engagement strategies.

We would like to thank all the guest presenters and participants for joining us. You’ll find the webinar recording and a link to the presentation slides on the event’s page. Please contact us via the if you have any questions.  Aloha!

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Fantastic UHOIC Website Focus Group Feedback!

On November 2nd, we convened a focus group in which a small group of individuals met synchronously to share their user experiences of navigating through the UHOIC website and provided very useful suggestions on how we could improve the design, navigation, and online resources of the UHOIC website. 

We are so blessed to have such fantastic faculty and staff across the UH system who continuously volunteer their time to help improve the quality of online learning at UH. Great discussions were had with a great group of people! 

Mahalo to Brenda Coston from Honolulu Community College, Rheta Kuwahara from University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and Brent Hirata from Leeward Community College for sharing their thoughts, experiences, and useful suggestions. We will seek to implement their ideas in the upcoming months.

If you have any additional suggestions, questions, or an online resource you would like to see on the website, please email We always love hearing from you!