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Jan. 2022 Issue

The purpose of the newsletter is to share innovations and resources in online learning throughout the UH system, highlighting upcoming professional development opportunities, events, and latest news.
Once again, we have arrived at a new year. It’s hard to believe that the UH Online Innovation Center (UHOIC) is celebrating its 3-year anniversary! Mahalo nui kākou for everyone’s contributions in supporting or partnering with our team, whether as a webinar participant, newsletter reader, UHOIC website visitor, collaborator and more. Now that we have several established programs and initiatives that contribute to strengthening quality online learning across our UH system, we are looking forward to taking it to the next level! Stay tuned for an upcoming year full of exciting things coming your way. 

In the meantime, check out our 2021 Year in Review (YouTube, 02:32).
2021 Year In Review Video Screenshot
Accessible Video Alternative: 2021 Year in Review Presentation (Google Slides)

Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year) and may you all have a year full of inspiration and new experiences!

What's New

New UH Online Professional Development Cohort

UHOPD Program Banner
Congratulations to the 2022 cohort who will begin their UH Online Professional Development: Reimagining Online Learning (UHOPD) program journey in the upcoming months! We are looking forward to working closely with you as you design and develop your online course, network with your colleagues, and gain new perspectives from guest speakers!
Accelerated Cohort:
Tiffani Amana (Hawaiʻi  CC)
Donna Au (UH Mānoa)
Michael Cawdery (Leeward CC)
Bud Clark (UH Maui College)
Saint-Marie Gough (Leeward CC)
Marjorie Hale-Fishman (Hawaiʻi CC)
Whitney Hashimoto (UH Maui College)
Amy Horst (UH Hilo)
Ann Inoshita (Leeward CC)
Jeff Judd (Leeward CC)
Kaeo Kaleoaloha (Honolulu CC)
Kazuko Nakamitsu (Leeward CC)
Michelle Nathan (Honolulu CC)
Lily Rebamonte (Leeward CC)
Brandi Reyes (Leeward CC)
Richard Rhode (Honolulu CC)
Cameron Rivera (Leeward CC)
Fumiko Takasugi (Honolulu CC)
Hsin-I Tong (Honolulu CC)
Nicole Tuteur (UH Mānoa)
Bruce Watson (UH Mānoa)
Sisi Zhang (UH Mānoa)

Early College Cohort:
Chai Blair-Stahn (Leeward CC)
Terianne Brown (Hawaiʻi CC)
Camonia Graham-Tutt (UH West Oʻahu)  
Charles Graybosch (Kauaʻi CC)
Ian Lee (Leeward CC)
Kekaiokalani Naone (Hawaiʻi CC)

Registration now available for the first ever
UH Online Unconference: Aʻo Aku, Aʻo Mai
(April 8, 2022, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

UH Online Unconference: Aʻo Aku, Aʻo Mai 2022 LogoAre you teaching online? Want to connect with others to share, discuss, grow, and learn from each other? New this year is our inaugural 2022 UH Online Unconference, with topics and discussions driven by participants across the UH system. Dedicated “special interest” topics will also be integrated to allow for niche groups to connect (e.g., accelerated online courses, Writing Intensive courses, accessibility, etc.). 

Register now to save the date and contribute your ideas for session topics! More information will be shared in future UHOIC communications.
Seeking Volunteers! Is there a specific online teaching and learning topic you are passionate about? Join the event as a session moderator or note-taker! Email to get involved.

UHOIC Website Updates

Focus Group Zoom Meeting Screenshot
A big mahalo to the faculty volunteers who took the time to join our first ever UHOIC Website Focus Group! Our faculty and instructional design volunteers, Brenda Coston (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa), Rheta Kuwahara (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa), and Brent Hirata (Leeward Community College) met synchronously with us on Zoom, November 2, to review the UHOIC website together. We had a blast sharing tips and talking story, with many great suggestions shared on how to improve their user experience.
Based on feedback given, we have made a few improvements to the UHOIC website: 
  • Resources Page: A Filter menu has been added at the top of the page so users can easily view resources available at once and/or filter resources by category (e.g. Laulima Resources, UH Online Templates, Accessibility, etc).
  • Contact Us: A “Contact us” section has been added to the main navigation menu to make it easier for users to seek our assistance with online courses. The About Us page has also been moved under this section.
  • Additionally, the Professional Learning & Development menu item has been renamed to “Programs and Events” to better represent the growing number of items listed within the dropdown. 
Have any additional feedback to add? We are continually seeking ways to improve our UHOIC website and to add resources that support YOU. If you have any suggestions or would like to join a future focus group, please contact us at

Upcoming Events

Laulima v20 Upgrade and Tips for Instruction

Laulima v20 Upgrade & Tips for Instruction webinar flyerExtra, extra, read all about it! The UH Instructional Design Professional Learning Community (PLC) will be hosting a webinar to showcase some of Laulima’s new features and updates (e.g., Date Manager, document viewer in Assignments, extra credit in Tests & Quizzes) that were rolled out with the system’s recent upgrade during winter break (Dec. 26, 2021)*. The session will also highlight how the Rubrics tool can be used to help with grading. You’ll also have the opportunity to see how library resources can be integrated into Laulima. *To help prepare for the recent Laulima upgrade, the UH Instructional Design Professional Learning Community (PLC) created Laulima v20 Upgrade Features docs for Faculty and for Students.

Spring 2022 Upcoming Events

Be sure to check out our full lineup of webinars and events this spring! Here are just a few of what’s in-store:
  • Best of All Worlds: Strategies for Asynchronous and Synchronous Learning (Monday, Jan. 24)
  • Equity through "Intentional" Design (Friday, Feb. 18)
  • Work Smarter (not Harder) with Google Slides (Tuesday, Mar. 1)
  • A Spoonful of Sugar: Fresh Strategies to Bring the Element of Fun (and Engagement) to Your Classes (Tuesday, Mar. 22)
Visit the Upcoming Events page for more events and information.


H5P + Laulima Pilot Updates

As mentioned in our November newsletter, a group of UH faculty and staff began piloting an interactive content building tool called H5P. After some initial exploration to familiarize themselves, pilot participants began integrating their newly created activities into their online Laulima courses (in which student completion of activities is tied to and automatically recorded in the Gradebook).

With the pilot underway, we’ve begun checking in and reviews from both faculty and students have been quite positive so far! View the word cloud below for a snippet of student evaluation feedback as to why they were motivated and engaged to complete H5P activities in their courses during Fall 2021 semester (n=123). Of those respondents, a whopping 93% of students indicated they would like to see more courses with H5P Interactives embedded!

H5P Word Cloud: Fun!
Follow along with the H5P + Laulima Pilot progress on the UHOIC website, and check out the H5P Interactives Library to view some of the amazing creations by our “piloters!”

Did You Know?

Updated UHOIC Resources

Need help formatting your syllabus or Laulima course site? The UHOIC team has done some of the heavy lifting for you! Check out the Resources page where many templates are available (best practices applied). New items have been added (e.g., a Google Doc course map template, Laulima templates for accelerated course formats) to better accommodate more formats and preferences.
UHOIC Resources Page Screenshot

Tech Tip

You may have noticed some changes to your Google interface. Our UH Google accounts were upgraded to the Google Workspace for Education Plus license in October. Wondering what version you have? An easy way to tell is to go to Google Calendar to see if Time Insights shows up on the left-side (see the image below for reference).
View the ITS information page for additional details.
Google Calendar Screenshot with the New "Time Insights" feature

About Us

Information Technology Services (ITS) UHOIC is located in the Information Technology Center building on the UH Mānoa campus. Faculty and staff throughout the UH System can receive personalized support with their online course(s) by scheduling instructional design consultations.

Our Mission

The UHOIC instructional design (ID) team provides impactful ID support to strengthen the quality of online initiatives across the UH system in service to UH, faculty, staff, administrators, and students.

‘Ōlelo Noʻeau

Each newsletter will feature an ʻōlelo noʻeau, or wise saying, from the book ʻŌlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings, by Mary Kawena Pukui.
Illustration: Hawaii Fish-man Casting Net
Photo Credit: Hawaii-Casting, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

 I ha‘aheo no ka lawai‘a i ka lako i ka ‘upena. (#1152)
The fisherman may well be proud when well supplied with nets. Good tools help the worker to succeed.
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