UH Online 5-Week Professional Development (2018-2021)

Note:  This program has been expanded to include other designations (e.g. 5 weeks, 8 weeks, Early College) and has been renamed as the UH Online Professional Development: Reimagining Online Learning

This award-winning, flagship professional development program launched in 2018 to support the University of Hawaiʻi’s desire to increase flexible opportunities for residents to earn a college degree while working and raising their families. Faculty interested in redesigning or developing a new course into an accelerated format that aligns with quality standards for working adults are provided with instructional design support and opportunities to network and collaborate with peers.


  • Gain new insights, perspectives, and skills focused on online teaching and learning.​

  • Receive personalized support from experienced instructional designers.​

  • Opportunities to network and collaborate with peers across the UH system.

  • Access to resources designed especially for accelerated 5-week courses.

  • Free access to the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop ($200 value).

  • Faculty designing 5-week online courses who successfully complete the UH Online Quality Course Design Review will receive a digital badge and an official completion letter (signed by the Associate VP of Student Affairs & Director of Academic Technologies, and acknowledged by VCAAs and Deans).

Thank you again, this was such a great experience. All instructors should be taking this course!!!


2020 Cohort

Wow, I am thoroughly impressed with the level of organization of the online materials. I know that should be standard, but not all classes have presented such detail -- coming from a self-diagnosed OCD, it's appreciated.

UH 5-Week Student to Instructor

Fall 2020

This course has also reignited my passion for teaching. I was able to pick up new tools to add to my teaching "tool box". As a student, I was treated respectfully and I always felt that my opinions had value.
I have seen a shift in my attitude towards my students because of my positive experience in the 5 week PD. I find myself reaching out more and taking opportunities to encourage my students. I'm sharing my experience so that you know how far reaching this course has been and how much your efforts are appreciated.


2021 Cohort

E lawe i ke a‘o a mālama, a e ‘oi mau ka na‘auao. He who takes his teachings and applies them increases his knowledge. (Pukui, #328)

How Do I Sign Up?

The application for the UH Online 5-Week cohort is now closed.

2021 applicants have been notified of acceptance. Selected participants will not be eligible to teach in the first summer session 2021 in order to ensure full participation in this PD program.

Questions may be directed to uhopd@hawaii.edu or call Dorothy So Hirata at 808-956-2789.

Registration is closed.

2021 UH Online Professional Development Schedule

  1. October 22, 2020: Application available.
  2. November 30, 2020: Application due.
  3. December 18, 2020: Applicants notified of acceptance.
UH Online 5-Week PD Process
  • STEP 1: Prior to March 19, 2021: Complete Applying the Quality Matters Rubric online workshop (prerequisite).
  • STEP 2: Prior to April 1, 2021: Complete the Preparing to Teach Online at UH module (prerequisite).
  • STEP 3: May 24 – June 29, 2021: Complete the intensive 5-week online PD blended course.
    • May 25 & 28, June 1 , 4, 8, 10, 15, 18, 22 & 25: Attend the required 2-hour synchronous sessions.
  • STEP 4: July – September, 2021: Complete the UH Online Quality Course Design Review.
  • STEP 5: Revise online course based on feedback provided by the reviewer and complete a final review.
UH Online 5-Week PD and Program Flowchart

UH Online 5-Week Resources

These resources were developed especially for faculty teaching accelerated 5-week courses:

  • Laulima Course Template
  • Course Syllabus Template
  • Course Map Template
  • Shared Knowledge Database

UH Online 5-Week Cohorts

Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs were created for faculty teaching accelerated 5-week courses. Please note that this is a working document and the content continues to be revised based upon most recent updates.

UH Online 5-Week Presentations