Hilton Hawaiian Village


Mar 06 2020


All Day

Hawai’i Student Success Institute Online Learning & Teaching Track Presentations

The 2020 Hawai‘i Student Success Institute (HISSI) was held on Friday, March 6, 2020, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and was open to administrators, faculty, and staff from all sectors of the University of Hawai’i Colleges.

During the 2020 HISSI conference located at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the UHOIC collaborated with the UH Mānoa General Education Office, faculty, students, instructional designers, and learning technologists across multiple campuses to deliver a series of presentations, panels, and poster sessions for the Online Learning Track.

Please see below for more information on presentations.

Online Learning Tech Slam: Engaging online students through simple (and free!) technologies

Description: Are you looking for ways to add engagement and excitement to your online class? Creating an interactive online learning environment has never been easier, thanks to an abundance of promising technology tools and devices that can make the online learning experience richer and more authentic. Instructional designers and learning technologists from across the UH system have shared Web 2.0 tools to engage students, while applying trending practices like active learning, collaborative learning, gamification,  etc. Those who attended the session left with some great teaching strategies to implement in their online environment!


  • James Gochenouer (UH Online Innovation Center)
  • Brent Hirata (Leeward CC)
  • Laureen Kodani (UH Maui College)
  • Matt Parcon (UH Online Innovation Center)
  • Alice Swift (UH Online Innovation Center)
  • Helen Torigoe (Kapiʻolani CC)


Poster Sessions: UH Online 5-Week Professional Development Program & Teaching Hands-on Subjects in Online Courses

The UHOIC developed and presented two digital posters for the HISSI Poster Session:


Kūkākūkā: A Panel Discussion with Accelerated Online (5-Week) Faculty and Students

Presenters: Anika Gearhart (Leeward Community College), Coty Gonzales (Honolulu Community College), Dorothy Hirata (UH Online Innovation Center), Shannon “Heather” McMahon (UH Student), Julie Shinsato (UH Student), Jeff Stearns (Honolulu Community College), Kaian Torres (UH Student).

Description: A new online program for working adults was launched in Fall 2019, in alignment to the UH strategic plans to increase delivery of online courses and degrees (HGI action strategy 4). Students are enrolling in 5-week courses across UH’s seven community colleges and will eventually matriculate to a 4-year university. The inaugural cohort will graduate with their AA from UH Leeward Community College in December 2021. This session allowed attendees to hear faculty and students share their experiences with online 5-week courses.


Universal Design and Accessibility: Why it Matters! 

Presenters: Hui-Ya (Laura) Chuang (UH Online Innovation Center), Vanessa Cole (Windward Community College), Gloria Niles/Charlene Hopela (University of Hawai’i-West O’ahu), Elizabeth Ratliff (Windward Community College).

Description: This presentation offered administrative, faculty, and staff perspectives on accessibility. Panelists included instructional designers with diverse backgrounds from four different campuses. The intention of the panel was to raise awareness about the importance of accessibility in online learning.


Design-based Research on Brain-based Learning in Online Accelerated Courses

Presenters: Jordan Lewton (Leeward Community College), Hong Ngo (Vietnam-USA Society English Centers)

Description: This presentation discussed the theoretical framework (brain-based learning) used in the design and development of a 5-week online course, Introduction to College, instructor and student experience, as well as lessons learned through the design and delivery process.


Challenges of Teaching Written and Oral Communication in Online Courses

Presenters: Christine Beaule (University of Hawai’i at Mānoa), Betsy Gilliland (University of Hawai’i at Mānoa), Yao Z. Hill (University of Hawai’i at Mānoa), Joanne Loos (University of Hawai’i at Mānoa), Mike Poblete (University of Hawai’i at Mānoa), Jayme Scally (University of Hawai’i at Mānoa)

Description: Teaching a class with a Writing Intensive or Oral Communication Focus designation online poses particular challenges to faculty. This panel discussion brings together instructors who have experience teaching W and O courses online, as well as representatives from the Writing and Oral Communication Focus Boards at UH Mānoa to discuss some of those challenges. This panel provided a lively discussion about obstacles, opportunities, solutions and new ideas for developing written and oral communication skills through distance education.