Center for Instructional Support (CIS) is one of three programs under the auspices of the Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support (OFDAS); the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP) comprising the others. CIS is organized into three major divisions—Media Services, Graphic Media Design and Campus Central Repair. Our offices are located on the ground floor of Kuykendall Hall.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the university community with support for instruction through the use of technology and technology-related services. The Center’s major functions include:

  • Consulting with Mānoa academic units and individual faculty in planning and providing the richest possible learning experiences for students, and assisting them in using instructional technology effectively within that context.
  • Conducting a variety of workshops and training that enhance instruction through the use of technology.
  • Ensuring that appropriate and desired instructional equipment is easily accessible to faculty and students, through classroom installations and a system of equipment pools.
  • Monitoring UHM classrooms and auditoriums to ensure the best possible environment for teaching and learning; serving as advocate for the faculty in the design of all new construction and renovations of classroom facilities; and serve as ombudsman to resolve faculty and student concerns about classrooms.
  • Designing, planning and producing a wide-range of high quality, effective instructional materials.
  • Providing a campus repair facility to repair and maintain instructional equipment owned by Mānoa departments and programs.
  • Promoting the use of technology to departments by offering limited support, including assessment, consultation, procurement, installation, and training.

Our History

The Center for Instructional Support can trace its origins back to 1962 with the establishment of the Communications Center. The Communications Center was comprised of various faculty and staff primarily from the College of Education’s Educational Communications, Educational Media, Creative Graphics, and Educational Television departments. Major subunits within the Communications Center included a graphics unit (presently Graphic Media Design), a newly created Closed Circuit Campus TV unit, an Audio-Visual Services unit, and Multi-Media Systems (presently Media Services). A fifth component, and electronics repair shop serviced the entire Communications Center (presently Central Campus Repair). Richard Sanderson served at its first faculty director.

Within a few years, the Communications Center was reorganized and renamed the Instructional Resources Service Center (IRSC), with some of its functions transferred to other campus entities. The Audio-Visual Services function was transferred to the UHM Library system (eventually becoming part of the Wong Audiovisual Center in Sinclair Library) and the Closed Circuit Campus Television functions were transferred to KHET (later becoming Hawaii Public Television and presently PBS Hawaii). IRSC and the English Department were among the first to occupy Kuykendall Hall when it was built in 1964. Paul Snipes served as IRSC’s first faculty director.

In July 1987, the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents established the Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support (OFDAS) as “an umbrella organization responsible for planning, publicizing and consolidating development, training, instructional research and media support activities into a unified resource program for faculty.” To support the OFDAS mission, IRSC was reorganized and renamed the Center for Instructional Support.