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Leeward Designing OER Renewable Assignments (LDORA)

Pronounced: el-DOH-ruh


The goal of the LDORA is to create renewable assignments based on the principles of OER-Enabled Pedagogy which are designed to be used with specific open educational resources (OER).


The purpose of the LDORA invites partnership between subject matter experts and educational technologist to jointly apply for small grants, supporting the creation of renewable assignments.


Any faculty or lecturer teaching a Textbook Cost: $0 course at Leeward CC for at least one semester (Fall or Spring) in partnership with an Educational Technologist.

$500 Award

$250 each (Subject Matter Expert / Instructor and Educational Technologist). The award is funded through the UHCC OER Initiative fund. Up to three awards per year.


Application period: Jan 1 - Feb 28, 2020


  1. Instructor and Educational Technologist team up.
  2. Identify at least one OER to be used as content for the assignment.
  3. Propose one renewable assignment aligned to a specific OER.
  4. Commit to license everything you submit as CC-BY 4.0.
  5. Submit finished product to UH OER Repository.


LDORA Fellows will create and submit one complete renewable assignment including:

  • The name and URL of the specific open educational resource the renewable assignment is designed to be used with,
  • A set of clear and complete instructions for completing the renewable assignment,
  • A rubric for grading the renewable assignment (typically presented as a table) that clearly specifies:
    • at least three levels of possible student performance (e.g., poor, acceptable, excellent),
    • the criteria by which the renewable assignment will be evaluated (e.g., use of supporting evidence), including criteria determining whether or not excellent student work might be eligible for remixing into future versions of the OER itself (e.g., licensing),
    • a description of what student performance looks like for each criterion at each level of performance (e.g., a “poor” rating for the criterion “use of supporting evidence” might read “no supporting evidence is provided”),
  • Guidance to faculty who have adopted the specific OER regarding how to use the renewable assignment with students (e.g., “use this assignment to assess mastery of material covered in section 5.7 of the OER in place of related items on an end of chapter quiz”; “have students present their projects in class for review and rating by their peers”), and
  • A sample completed assignment, together with a completed rubric for the assignment, on which the sample assignment receives the highest rating for each criterion.

All grant deliverables must be licensed CC BY and added to UH OER Repository. Attribution will be shared between the educational technologist and the subject matter expert.



Application periodJan 1 - Feb 28, 2020
Award review March 1 - April 1, 2020
Notification May 1, 2020
Work period May 1 - December 31, 2020
Submission of deliverables December 31, 2020

Award Winners

Congratulations to 2019 Award Winners - Tasha Williams and Rachael Inake!

Tasha and Rachael will be working together to create a renewable assignment for ENG 100. The renewable assignment will have students contribute to a chapter in an existing OER College Success textbook plus create ancillary materials for that chapter.

Congratulations to 2018 Award Winners - Erika Molyneux and Rachael Inake!

Erika and Rachael created a renewable assignment for Digital Art 112. The renewable assignment had students create "how-to" videos on creating media using Photoshop. The student tutorials were licensed under Creative Commons and uploaded to a YouTube playlist. The playlist was linked to the instructor's class modules (OER). The tutorials are openly available to current students, future students, and the community.

OER Photoshop Video Demo Assignment 

Student Photoshop Demos Video Playlist 

Renewable Assignment Instructor’s Guide 


LDORA is modeled after the DOER Fellowships