5-Week Online Teaching Trends

Are you curious about what instructors felt went well or the challenges they encountered when teaching accelerated online courses? Since the launch of 5-week online course offerings at UH in 2019, survey feedback was obtained from instructors after each term. 

Take a look at the trends from the post-course survey results (derived from the qualitative analysis of responses obtained from Oct. 2019 – April 2021).

UH Online 5-Week Post Course Teaching Survey Trends - Who? UH 5-Week Online Instructors who completed teaching a course; What? UH Online 5-Week Post Course Teaching Survey; When? Oct. 2019 - April 2021; Why? Check-in after the course and determine ongoing support for 5-week faculty.

UH Online 5-Week Alumni Tips

The 2021 UH Online 5-Week Summer PD is in full swing! Faculty and instructional designers across the UH system are actively engaged in an online learning community exchanging ideas and strategies to design and develop meaningful experiences for their online accelerated students. These UH Online 5-Week Alumni Tips (compiled from qualitative analysis of feedback from the 2020 cohort) were shared at the launch of the 2021 PD.

UH Online 5-Week PD Program Evaluation & Iterative Improvements at the 2021 Assessment for Curricular Improvement Poster Exhibit

UH Online 5-Week PD Evaluation Poster created in 2021. The UH Online 5-Week PD Program was launched in 2018 (aligned to UH’s strategic directions) to support faculty across the system with developing online courses in an accelerated, 5-week format. Program evaluation goals: Determine strengths Identify weaknesses Redesign program for 2021 summer cohort. Results/Findings: The greatest strength of the PD program was the instructional designer and facilitator support alongside the implementation of the UH Online 5-Week Laulima learning management system course template. Participants identified learning Laulima’s tools and tips as an area that could be improved upon.

Lawe i ka ma‘alea a kū‘ono‘ono. Take wisdom and make it deep. (#1957). After three years of cohorted offerings of the UH Online 5-Week Professional Development (PD) Program, we felt it was important to continually seek ways to improve. View our UH Online 5-Week PD Program Evaluation & Iterative Improvements poster (and abstract)  to learn more about our program evaluation findings.  A special mahalo to the UH Mānoa Curriculum Assessment and Support Center for providing us with the opportunity to grow our assessment skills. 

Source: Pukui, M. (1983). ‘Ōlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings. Bishop Museum Press.

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2021 ITS Talks: UHOIC and the Latest Quest Towards Excellence in Online Teaching & Learning

The UHOIC team shared updates and latest news with the rest of the IT Services department for an internal ITS Talks presentation on April 14, titled “UHOIC and the Latest Quest Towards Excellence in Online Teaching & Learning.” We had a blast as we talked about the launch of our new website, our professional learning & development opportunities, and our UH Online 5-Week PD Program and Quality Course Review process.

Using an interactive game-based tool called Nearpod, we were able to actively engage with those present. Nearpod interactives were used such as polls and a Time to Climb game where participants chose a cute animal avatar and competed to answer questions correctly and quickly to reach the top of a mountain with the highest score.

Congratulations to Alan, Michael, and Diana (Di-Di) for finishing with the highest scores, and mahalo to everyone for participating!

2021 ITS Talks- Top 3 Winner, #1: Alan with 3118 pts, #2: Michael with 1480 pts, and #3: Di-Di with 1466 pts.
Gimme a Break, Pause your Zoom agenda to play some fun activities (for our mental sanity)

A fun time at Excellence in Education Day!

UH Maui College, Kauaʽi Community College, and Honolulu Community College hosted a full-day online and in-person conference called Excellence in Education Day on March 5, 2021.

It’s always such a pleasure to collaborate with instructional designers across the UH system, so we jumped at the chance to be a small part of this fun and eventful day of learning. Our presentation titled, “Gimme a Break! Pause Your Zoom Agenda to Play Some Fun Activities (for our Mental Sanity)” allowed us to share various pilina (relationship-building) activities from the UH ID Professional Learning Community (PLC) and our UHOIC team. There were so many interesting topics and presenters on the schedule. Hoʻomaikai or congratulations to the organizers for a fun and successful event!

Want to check out our presentation?

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Faculty Spotlight

Learn online tips and tricks, strategies, solutions from these spotlighted faculty across the system who continuously find ways to engage their students and innovate their online courses! Watch their presentations from the UHOIC Webinar: Building Empathy and Strengthening Online Community with Students.

Coty Gonzalez

Coty Gonzalez

  • Psychology Instructor
  • Campus: Honolulu CC

Coty incorporates Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in his online course by providing multiple ways to express or demonstrate their learning.

Watch his Presentation (19:11).

Anika Gearhart

Anika Gearhart

  • Psychology Instructor
  • Campus: Leeward CC

Anika emphasizes the importance of empathy and community building in online courses using tools such as Padlet.

Watch her Presentation (13:14).

Susan Wood

Susan Wood

  • Professor of English
  • Campus: Leeward CC

Susan builds instructor presence and community in her online course through focused virtual office hours, frequent announcements, and peer review.

Watch her Presentation (39:57).

Share With Us!

Are you interested in sharing your online or blended/hybrid experiences with other faculty? Is there a colleague whom you would like to recommend as a faculty spotlight for their innovative and engaging teaching strategies? Please email your full name, email, and short message to and we will contact you!