Japanese Language Instructor Receives Inaugural Grant from Outreach College

Japanese language instructor Tomoko Iwai received a $5,000 grant from UH Mānoa’s Outreach College so that she and her colleagues can develop a new e-textbook. The Open Educational Resource (OER) grant is part of a recently announced program that focuses on supporting faculty as they move their high enrollment, high cost textbooks to alternative means of accessibility. Iwai’s grant was one of the 10 inaugural awards.

Iwai and a team of Japanese section faculty of the Department of East Asian Language and Literatures will create Musubi: a new approach to Japanese language and culture. Musubi will replace the textbook that has been used for the past 20 years and costs several hundred dollars to purchase. Thanks to the OER grant, Musubi will be available to students free of charge and serve the four-semester sequence (Japanese 101, 102, 201, 202). Given that over 1,000 students take lower division Japanese classes annually, the impact of this grant is significant. When completed, Musubi will be published on the UH System OER Repository.

For more information, please visit the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures website.