Online Teaching Excellence (OTE) Phase 1: Course Design

OTE Phase 1: Course Design (previously known as OCDR in the summer of 2023) has been revamped and will be available as an online asynchronous, self-paced course beginning on 3/11/2024. This phase focuses on essential online teaching principles, and guides participants through planning and designing a learner-centered and outcomes-aligned online course. NOTE: This phase is facilitated in Laulima and is open to all UHCC faculty and lecturers.

Successful completion of all required deliverables by 5/13/2024 will qualify eligible participants for a $300 overload pay. (Eligibility subject to HR verification.) Sign up by 3/10/2024.

View the OTE program phases table to learn more and sign up!

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Five Must-Haves to Motivate, Engage, and Support Online Students

As we near the midpoint of the semester, it may be increasingly difficult to maintain engagement, and students may be starting to “drift away.” What can we do at this point to re-engage and invigorate our students? This webinar will highlight five select “must-haves” that will support student-centered learning. Join UH faculty across the system in a panel discussion and sharing of examples and strategies that can be implemented immediately to motivate, engage, and support students.


  • Ann Abeshima (Early Childhood Education, Honolulu Community College)
  • Elizabeth Hartline (Early Childhood Education, Honolulu Community College)
  • Randy Hirokawa (Communication, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo)
  • Pualiʻiliʻimaikalani (Pua) Rossi-Fukino (Hawaiian Studies and Language, Kauaʻi Community College)
  • Alice Swift (UH Online Innovation Center)
  • Lynette Williamson (Health Information Management, University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu)


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Laulima v19 Upgrade & Tips for Instruction

Are you ready for the Laulima v19 upgrade? Learn about the new features and tools for instruction such as Rubrics and the new Gradebook.

Join UH faculty and instructional designers across the system as they share their upgrade experiences and helpful tips you can implement in Spring 2021!


  • Laura Chuang (UH Online Innovation Center)
  • Coty Gonzales (Honolulu Community College)
  • Matt Parcon (UH Online Innovation Center)
  • Helen Torigoe (Kapiʻolani Community College)


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Supporting Inclusive & Equitable Online Learning for Students

Cultivating a supportive online classroom environment promotes increased engagement and connection with students. How might faculty support students’ online learning success by considering factors such as diverse backgrounds, preferences, and accessibility?

Join UH faculty, student support staff, and instructional designers as they share insights along with actionable recommendations to foster an inclusive and equitable classroom environment with their students.


  • Ruben Campos, Jr. (University of Hawai`i at Mānoa)
  • Christina Keaulana (Leeward Community College)
  • Truc Nguyen (University of Hawai`i at Mānoa)
  • Leslie Lynn Opulauoho (University of Hawai`i West O`ahu)
  • Marisa Yamada (UH Online Innovation Center)


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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.


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Creating Effective Instructional Videos: The Basics

Description: The use of video to deliver instruction has grown exponentially as face-to-face courses transition online. Today’s technologies make creating course videos easier and more accessible than ever before. There are many strategies to consider to increase effectiveness of instructional videos in online courses. This webinar introduces you to what you need to know to get started, such as:

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Recording tips
  • Accessibility considerations
  • Video recording services available at UH


  • Erica Aquino (ITS Video Operations)
  • Hui-Ya Chuang (UH Online Innovation Center)
  • Matt Parcon (UH Online Innovation Center)

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Multiple Means of Student Engagement through Universal Design Learning (UDL)

Description: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a commonly used “framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn” (UDL, 2020). Instructors can embrace more effective and accessible course design for all learners by. incorporating UDL guidelines.

Faculty presenters from across the UH system will share their ideas and tips on creating an engaging learning environment and incorporating learning activities that align well with accessibility guidelines. Topics covered during this webinar include:

  • UDL Guidelines Overview
  • UDL and Student Engagement Examples
  • Accessibility Tips for Synchronous meetings and Instructional Videos
  • Accessibility Resources

This webinar is a UHOIC collaboration with the UHM William S. Richardson School of Law and the UHM Center for Teaching Excellence.


  • Laura Chuang (UH Online Innovation Center)
  • Thomas Conway (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa)
  • Coty Gonzales (Honolulu Community College))
  • Gloria Niles (University of Hawai’i – West Oʻahu)

Webinar Resources:

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