The Leeward OER initiative is part of a systemwide initiative of the University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges. More information about the initiative is available in the 2019-20 UHCC OER Initiative Annual Report.

Leeward's own Kelsie Aguilera, Assistant Professor in Anthropology, was featured in recent UH News video highlighting OER.

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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.


  • increase student success 
  • reduce the cost of educational material for students 
  • collaborate on OER initiatives at Leeward, within the UH Community Colleges, and the UH System
  • actively participate in the OER community 

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.

Team Approach

Leeward CC has adopted the team-based approach for incorporating OER into a course. The team consists of at least one Librarian, one Educational Technologists, and one faculty (subject matter expert) working together using a systematic, project-based approach for each course adoption of OER.

Alignment with the University of Hawaii (UH)

As a college within the UH and UHCC systems, we are working toward meeting the 2015-2021 UH Strategic Directions commitment to "reduce cost of textbooks" and the 2015-2021 UHCC Strategic Plan commitment to "implement Open Educational Resources (OER) to replace most textbooks."


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

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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).