Phase One Session One Recap and Introductions

It was wonderful to meet so many of you, and see all teams in our cohort represented at our first session!

Key Links

  • Session One Slides
  • Session One Handout
  • Session One Chat (I will post this later!)

One quick note about the forum and your projects: I gave you some incorrect information about project pages. Our June 2024 cohort forum will not have individual project pages; instead, we have fora for each deliverable. I’ll share the appropriate forum link with you when our deliverable is due.

Session Recap and Homework

Our main focus in session one was to get to know one another’s projects, understand how our sessions will be structured, and learn about Rebus’ tools and approaches. Here are this week’s homework activities:

  • Agree to the Memorandum of Understanding for our cohort (if you did not complete this during our session).
  • Write a brief introduction for yourself and your project by replying to this topic. Include your role on the project and the dream goal you have for it.

We also spent a bit of time discussing Rebus’ collaborative approach to publishing, and how a larger community around a resource can not only make it stronger, but also help maintain it down the line. Our approach hinges on thinking about communications, accessibility, formatting, and more at each stage to really harness the global potential of OER. And these stages can and most likely will be flexible, and thus play out in different ways for each team — that’s what the model is built to do! I was thrilled to see how you all are already thinking about these issues with your projects.

We also discussed how being transparent about the process of creation can invite others to contribute and be involved in your projects, whether in big ways or small. Using a public-facing space for your project planning and communication, for example, is a unique way to broadcast your project and invite collaborators to join efforts in its creation.

Our TSP June 2024 Forum

We use tools for the Textbook Success Program like Curriculum Hub in Google, We also mentioned the Rebus Community Forum, where this recap is posted and where we will conveniently streamline ALL our cohort communication. All materials will be available to you throughout the program. We encourage you to share your questions here! Please note that you can use the tag @june24-cohort for conversations that include all cohort members. In addition, you can also write direct messages to individuals, not only in your cohort, but also in the entire forum space. Please feel free to tag me @lizalong if you have questions.

I look forward to seeing you all next week!

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Welcome to the Textbook Success Program! Here’s a link to my LinkedIn profile. I am working on an open education resource for my English 102 course this summer, updating the Write What Matters textbook I co-created with Joel Gladd and Amy Minervini as part of our February 2020 TSP cohort with Rebus. I am passionate about generative artificial intelligence and its use in higher education. I have been facilitating TSP cohorts for the past three years and really enjoy becoming a part of your exciting projects and your open education network. Please reach out any time you have questions!

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Hello, I am Mary Mendez Bonnell. I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, MD. I am working on creating an OER for a course that I am developing for continuing educators (MD teacher certification). The course is Communication for Educators.

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Hi, my name is Amber Surmiller, and I am collegiate faculty member for the History program at the University of Maryland Global Campus. I am working on revising/creating an OER for my program’s United States History survey courses. I hope to create module narratives for two US History courses, Exploration to 1865 and 1865 to the Present.

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Hi, my name is Raya Francis . I am a second year PhD student in the Family Science Department at the University of Maryland College Park. Together with my team, we are working on creating an OER for a course on Family Violence. We hope to revisit existing OERs and build a comprehensive educational resource that would help students gain knowledge on violence in families in the United States.


It was so great to meet you! I am really looking forward to your project and think it will be an amazing contribution to open pedagogy.

Hello, I am Christine Pegorraro Schull. I teach at the University of Maryland College Park. I have used OER in other courses and am really excited to create a resource for a course on Violence in Families. I am fortunate to also be working in a team with two amazing colleagues.

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Christine, it’s so great to connect. This will be such an important resource.

Hi everyone! My name is Briana Boakye, and I am a recently graduated undergrad student from the University of Maryland. I am working with Christine and Raya to create a Family Violence OER textbook. Our aim is to provide students with a cost effective online resource that can aid in their success in completing a Family Violence course. Additionally, through our OER textbook, our team’s aim is to provide families with a feasible resource to aid in wellness of their relationships and structural system dynamic.

I am Nick Taylor an assistant prof at Northwestern State University. My home is South Texas where I grew up, received my education and gained experience in COMM and media studies. I’ve worked in media since 1997 and been a university teacher since 2009. I enjoy the work and hope to be a positive member of this group.

@nicktaylor welcome! Can you let me know which project you are working on? I don’t have you on my list and just want to make sure you are in the right place. This is the project space for the Maryland Open textbook group.

@bboakye welcome! I am so excited about your resource.

I apologize. I’m in Cohort A and responded in the wrong area. I have responded to my cohort.

Sorry for the confusion.