Call for Peer Reviewers: OER Starter Kit for Program Managers

Introduction for Reviewers

We are excited to announce the open call for peer reviewers for the upcoming publication, The OER Starter Kit for Program Managers!

To express interest in serving as a peer reviewer, please complete our Peer Review Interest Form

This call for reviewers will close on Monday, April 5th, 2021. Applicants will be notified if they have been selected to participate in the review by Monday, April 12th, 2021, one week after this CFP closes.

Questions about participation can be submitted via the project discussion board on the Rebus Community website, or emailed directly to the Project Lead, Abbey Elder, at

About the Book

The OER Starter Kit for Program Managers pulls together information, advice, and resources for those managing OER initiatives in higher education. In addition to an overview of major job responsibilities an OER program manager might be expected to take on, the book also includes case studies from current program managers about their work. The audience will primarily consist of OER librarians, program managers, and other support staff who work with Open Education initiatives in the higher education space.

Since many aspects of an OER program manager’s role are learned “on the job,” this guide will be especially useful for newcomers, though for experienced professionals, the text will provide opportunities for reflection on their initiatives and how they might grow. The geographic emphasis of the book is on North America and particularly the United States, but much of the advice provided is generalizable to an international audience as well.

Parts within the book include:

  1. Introduction to Open Education
  2. Building an OER Program
  3. Program Management
  4. Training Your Team & Professional Development
  5. Supporting OER Adoption
  6. Supporting OER Creation
  7. Collecting and Reporting OER Savings Data

There are 1-2 case studies integrated into each Part, as a conclusion to the section and a deeper dive into one practitioner’s experience managing OER programs.

Expectations for Peer Reviewers

Reviewers need not be currently employed as an OER program manager to serve as a peer reviewer for this project. All we ask is that potential reviewers have an interest in this topic and an eagerness to participate in open, collaborative scholarship.

Reviewers will be notified if they are selected to participate by Monday, April 12th, 2021, at which point they will be sent a set of Instructions for Peer Reviewers, as well as a link to the Google Docs folder(s) containing their assigned chapter(s) for review.

Reviewers may self-select to review 1 to 6 chapters in the Starter Kit for Program Managers. Each chapter is approximately 1,000-3,000 words in length. Additionally, reviewers may indicate if they have a preference to review for a specific section of the book when filling out the Peer Review Interest Form.

As we strive to work openly, all contributions made to this handbook will be licensed under a CC BY 4.0 International License. Your name will be mentioned in the published version of the book as a reviewer. If you require a certificate or other proof of your participation in the project, we can provide this to you at the completion of your review.

Reviewers will complete their reviews within the Google Docs platform, to facilitate easy reading and editing of the text.


Peer reviews are expected to conclude by June 7th, 2021. This will give peer reviewers roughly 2 months to complete their reviews.

About the Authors

Lead Authors

  • Abbey Elder, Iowa State University
  • Stefanie Buck, Oregon State University
  • Jeff Gallant, Affordable Learning Georgia
  • Apurva Ashok, Rebus Community
  • Marco Seiferle-Valencia, University of Idaho

Case Study Authors

  • Cheryl Cuillier, University of Arizona;
  • Regina Gong, Michigan State University
  • Dawn M. Lowe-Wincentsen, Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Quill West, Pierce College
  • Billy Meinke Lau, University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa
  • James Glapa-Grossklag, College of the Canyons
  • Matthew K. Gold, Jojo Karlin, Krystyna Michael, Robin Miller, and Terence Smyre - Manifold
  • Amy Hofer, Linn Benton Community College

Thank you to the teams behind “Open Pedagogy Approaches,” and “Marking Open & Affordable Courses,” whose calls for proposals we have modeled our own process after.

The base for this call for peer reviewers was revised from “The Rebus Guide to Publishing Open Textbooks (So Far),” by Apurva Ashok and Zoe Wake Hyde. Please visit The Rebus Guide for additional information about resources that informed the creation of the Rebus template.

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Thank you to everyone who responded to this call! There was an overwhelming response to our call for peer reviewers, so we did end out closing the call early. I appreciate all of your support and interest, and the team and I cannot wait to share our final text with you all!

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