Sunny Pai

Sprinting for a Textbook

Physiology 141 Team

It all sounded so good. Like summer camp. We would all be together, yes, working hard, 9am-9pm, but we’d have good food, take walks together, keep each other going. In the spring of 2020, at the end of five days, the ten of us would have written a textbook for PHYL 141, the highly enrolled human anatomy and physiology course at University of Hawaiʻi four-year universities and community colleges. Best of all, instead of the textbook costing students over $100, it would be free. Zero-cost textbook, indigenized, localized, with the exact content desired by the 39 faculty representing all the campuses in this systemwide project. When published, every instructor is also able to modify the content in whatever way they like. But what happened? You know what happened. The pandemic.

We could not let go of this dream. I kept thinking about my wild-mind concept maps, taped to the wall beside our surfboards. Then with an adventurous group of colleagues who are endlessly inspiring, caring deeply about students, we took steps toward making the sprint happen…online. We knew a lot would have to change. Even the company, Book Sprints, with their years of experience, were navigating new waters. How can we do this online? How do you keep ten instructors, each with their full-time teaching load, engaged with a zoom session for all the hours it would take to write a book? And what about that good food and those walks to keep up our morale? To this day, it is still hard to believe we did it. In the spring of 2021. It truly took a village to make it happen. I am so grateful for everyone involved. That is a story for another day. In the meantime, if you are interested in a systemwide project to create an open educational resource for a class, count on me; let’s talk story.

Dr. Sheryl Shook  shooks@hawaii.edu

Originally posted at openkapiolani.wordpress.com, May 6, 2021

Posted by Sunny Pai in OER

The UH Bookstores learn about OER

On October 21 managers from nine UH Bookstores arrived at Kapi‘olani Community College for a statewide meeting. The first item on their agenda was a four hour workshop on OER and the Textbook Cost: $0 program now in effect at Leeward Community College, UH Manoa Outreach College, Honolulu Community College, and Kapi‘olani Community College. As they had requested, Junie Hayashi (LCC), Billy Meinke (Manoa), and I (Kapi‘olani) provided a shortened version of Kapi‘olani’s 4-day OER workshop. We talked about the OER movement, Creative Commons, copyright, and how to find and use open educational resources available on the web.  They also learned that they could order OER textbooks from Open Stax and provide on-demand printing for OER as a service to our students.  Feedback was both enthusiastic and full of questions and insights as they face a changing world of educational resources.

Posted by Sunny Pai in OER

The Case for Open Educational Resources and Open Policies

This refers to a webinar that took place April 28, 2015. An announcement was posted on this site on April 16, The Learning, Business, and Moral Case for Open Educational Resources and Open Policies.

The Internet, increasingly affordable computing and bandwidth, open licensing, open access journals and open educational resources (OER) provide the foundation for a world in which a higher education can be a basic human right. Governments and foundations are supporting this shift with a move to open policies: requiring public access to publicly (and foundation) funded resources. Dr. Cable Green, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons, provides an overview of open licensing and OER, and discusses specific examples where institution, provinces / states, nations and foundations have moved the default on funding from “closed” to “open.” He also explores new OER projects that are pushing open education further into the mainstream.

View the video or use the link under the video window to download the video file. You can download the accompanying slide deck by clicking here.

Both the recording and the slides are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Posted by Sunny Pai in OER

OER@UH, a Forum at Kapiolani Community College

On May 4, Kapiolani Community College’s Faculty Senate and Student Congress sponsored a forum on Open Educational Resources at UH.  We covered some of the basic concepts of OER and had a lively discussion about concerns and ways to support implementation at UH.  Here is the slideshow, which you may wish to download to get the links to work: OER-talk-forum-May4.

Posted by Sunny Pai in Kapiolani, OER

The Learning, Business, and Moral Case for Open Educational Resources and Open Policies

Inside Higher Education and Creative Commons are hosting a webinar presentation by Cable Green giving an overview of a changing policy landscape regarding OER.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 8:00:00 AM HST – 9:00:00 AM HST
The Internet, increasingly affordable computing and bandwidth, open licensing, open access journals and open educational resources (OER) provide the foundation for a world in which a higher education can be a basic human right. Governments and foundations are supporting this shift with a move to open policies: requiring public access to publicly (and foundation) funded resources.Dr. Cable Green, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons, will provide an overview of open licensing and OER, and discuss specific examples where institution, provinces / states, nations and foundations have moved the default on funding from “closed” to “open.” He will also explore new OER projects that are pushing open education further into the mainstream.

Posted by Sunny Pai in Creative Commons, OER