Student Engagement/Collaboration

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Humanizing Online Courses


One of the biggest challenges when teaching online is finding ways to connect with your students. How can we help students understand that there is an actual person behind the computer screen and vice versa? Join this webinar for some simple tips that you can implement this semester to “humanize” your online courses.


  • Hui-Ya (Laura) Chuang, UHOIC (Moderator)
  • Daniel Harris-McCoy, Classic Literature, UH Mānoa
  • Puali‘ili‘imaikalani Rossi-Fukino, Hawaiian Studies and Language, Kauaʻi CC

This event is co-sponsored by the UHM Center for Teaching Excellence.

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2022 UH Excellence in Teaching Faculty Panel: Online Strategies, Tips, and Lessons Learned


Each year, the UH Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching is awarded to faculty members who “exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity, and personal values that benefit students.” Join this webinar to gain some online teaching strategies and tips from four of the 2022 awardees across different disciplines.


  • Hui-Ya (Laura) Chuang, UHOIC (Moderator)
  • Laurie James, Math Education, UH West Oʻahu
  • Kyra A. Len, Pediatrics/Medical Education, UH Mānoa
  • Alyssa MacDonald, Biology, Leeward CC
  • Kevin Takayama, Mathematics, Windward CC

This event is co-sponsored by the UHM Center for Teaching Excellence.

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Edpuzzle: Engage Students with Video Lessons!

Are students watching the videos you assign in your classes? Edpuzzle can help! You can add formative activities and keep track of how students engage with the videos.

Join us to learn how to create video assignments with Edpuzzle. Use your own videos or videos from sites like YouTube, TED, and Khan Academy. The workshop will be from 2-3p, followed by an optional 30-minute open lab time to ask questions and create your very own video assignment.

Register now!

This is a UH Maui College Mixed Plate PD webinar with collaboration from Hawaiʻi Community College, hosted by Laureen Kodani and Leanne Urasaki.

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Beat the Burnout! Strategies and Tips to Overcome the Mid-Semester Lull

Do you find that your students begin to drop off or lose engagement as you head into the mid-semester? In this webinar, interact with faculty and instructional designers across the system as they share tips and strategies to “beat the burnout” and overcome the mid-semester lull! (This event is co-hosted with UHM Center for Teaching Excellence)


  • Marisa Yamada (Moderator), UH Online Innovation Center, UH System
  • Jordan Lewton, Online Counseling, Leeward Community College
  • Donald Carreira Ching, Writing Instructor, Language Arts, Leeward Community College
  • Kirsten Vacca, Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Social Sciences Division), University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu

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Bite-Sized But Filling: Instructional Videos for Learning and Engagement Webinar Resources Added!

We have added the recording, presentation slides and Q&A summary for the Bite-Sized But Filling: Instructional Videos for Learning and Engagement webinar! 

Our guest presenters shared some very useful tips on camera setup and strategies for when you are creating videos for your online course! Matt Parcon talked about best practices for video creation, Daniel Swift showed us how he easily creates demonstration videos for his cooking classes, and Michelle Nathan reviewed EdPuzzle, an interactive video tool, and how she uses it in her online course!

Check out the resources from the webinar if you haven’t already on the Event page.

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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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Emerging Technologies for Learning

Are you curious about what’s new and on the horizon for educational technology? You don’t have to be tech-savvy to integrate innovative technology into your online teaching and learning! Join us as we explore some digital learning trends of 2021 and beyond and see how these emerging technologies, such as immersive learning, game-based learning/gamification, are leveraged in online learning environments.


  • Bert Kimura, Professor Emeritus, IMTS, University of Hawaiʻi Kapiʻolani CC
  • Peter Leong, Associate Professor, LTEC, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • Dan Hoffman, Assistant Professor, LTEC, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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Bite-Sized But Filling: Instructional Videos for Learning and Engagement

Video can spice up any course or lesson, but if not used properly, it can turn students away. Cooking up effective videos doesn’t require complicated techniques. Proper preparation and the right ingredients are keys to success! Join this webinar as faculty and staff from across the system share their use of different instructional video approaches. Plus, leave the session with some practical tips on creating engaging videos that will leave your students satisfied but craving for more!


  • Michelle Nathan (Natural Science, Honolulu Community College)
  • Matt Parcon (UH Online Innovation Center)
  • Daniel Swift (Culinary Arts, Windward Community College)

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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)