OER @ Leeward

The Leeward OER initiative is part of a systemwide initiative at the University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges

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“Open Educational Resources (OER) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation.” (Definition by UNESCO).

Purpose of This Website

The purpose of this website is to share information and promote transparency of Leeward CC's process as we weave OER into the campus culture.


Leeward Community College aims to eliminate barriers to quality higher education through the adoption of open education practices including the use of open educational resources (OER) and open pedagogy. We hope to build a local community of practice which participates in the global Open Education movement.



Leeward CC is one of the campuses of the University of Hawaii Community Colleges (UHCC) System which is a member of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources, an affiliate of Open Education Global, and the Open Education Network

2023-2024 UHCC OER Professional Learning and Incentive Award Programs are Open!

OER 101 is an asynchronous online professional learning opportunity that gives you the basics for understanding OERs and using them as teaching materials. It will provide you with basic copyright, fair use, and licensing information and open your world to over one billion OERs.

UHCC participants will be compensated $360* for completing the course requirements and receive an official UHCC OER 101 certificate. Twenty seats have been set aside for OER 101.

* All incentive payments will be processed as overload, subject to participant eligibility.


If you completed OER 101, you can apply for the Modification Award (OERMA) or Creation Award (OERCA). The OERMA is for modifying a textbook or course, and the OERCA is for creating a textbook or course to OER or Textbook Cost: $0.  Award amounts from $600-$4,800* are available for individual and team projects.

If you are interested in submitting an OERMA or OERCA proposal but have not completed OER 101, you will have until November 30, 2023, to complete the online course. 

Past Awardees: 2021-2022, 2022-2023

* All incentive payments will be processed as overload, subject to participant eligibility.


Contact Junie Hayashi or Wayde Oshiro if you have any questions.  You can also contact any member of the Leeward OER Campus Committee to learn more about OER.

To view past OER news visit our News page.

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Overview of Leeward CC's OER Project Implementation

You can also view our OER Project Implementation timeline as an infographic.