Program Syllabus: February 2022 NY Cohort

WHEN: Thursday 12:30 - 2:00pm (ET)
WHERE: on Zoom (see your calendar invitations)
WHO: Facilitator: Liza Long (@lizalong)

Program Description

The Textbook Success Program is a professional development program that equips faculty, librarians, administrators, and managers with the tools they need to make great OER. The program is one year long and comprises two phases:

  • Phase 1 (February - May 2022): 12 weekly themed sessions with your cohort to give you an overview of the open publishing process, and help you scope your work.
  • Phase 2 (June 2022 - February 2023): Hands-on stage where you and your team work on your OER projects, with a mix of group check-ins with your cohort and 1:1 support sessions with your facilitator. We will alternate between a monthly cohort meeting and an individual support check-in with your team and your facilitator.

You are required to attend all sessions, to the best of your ability, and in cases of absences ensure that at least 1 member of your project team participates to update you and the cohort on your group’s progress. Review the program Memorandum of Understanding prior to participation.


All TSP cohorts are led by a program alum. Your facilitator will be Liza Long (@lizalong). She is the Department Chair for Integrated Studies and assistant professor of English at the College of Western Idaho. She has completed both the Rebus Textbook Success Program and the Creative Commons licensing certificate for educators. With her colleagues Joel Gladd and Amy Minervini, Liza co-edited Write What Matters, an open education resource first-year composition modular textbook designed for Idaho’s state board of education outcomes.

Liza’s 2014 book, The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness, was described by Kirkus Review as “a searing indictment of the lack of affordable care available for the treatment of mentally ill adolescents.” She volunteers as a mental health advocate with the International Bipolar Foundation and has presented at conferences across the country about the vital need to end stigma and increase access to mental healthcare for all.

Liza earned her Ed.D. in organizational leadership and holds a B.A. and M.A. in Classics (Latin and Greek). She has taught English, humanities and student success courses at the college level for several years and is passionate about the power of open education to change lives.

Significant Learning Objectives

  1. Get to know Rebus’ collaborative open publishing approach with open education peers in a supportive learning environment
  2. Connect and contribute to the OER community (eg. process of being in TSP, learning and OER that comes out of it, relationships)
  3. Reflect on your current pedagogical practices with the goal of creating your OER with learning experiences that are accessible, equitable, and inclusive
  4. Create an efficient workflow and apply best practices that help your project progress in due time, with guidance from your Rebus facilitator and other cohort members
  5. Gain confidence using open approaches and tools to advance your project and grow its user community
  6. Build and strengthen institutional capacity for current and future open publishing projects
  7. Recognize and grow your open education leadership skills

Tools and Resources


Phase 1

  1. Introductions

17 February 2022
We’ll start off with group introductions and learn about each project, in an effort to build a network of support and awareness. We’ll also share the Rebus approach to OER: how collaboration makes OER stronger, improves and diversifies content, builds adoption vectors, and increases community buy-in. We’ll discuss why considerations like accessibility, communications, formatting should be made early on. Finally, we’ll gather your goals and expectations for Phase 1.

  1. Project Scoping

24 February 2022

Defining your project scope and expectations is critical to a successful project. We talk about how to scope a project to get the most buy-in possible from the start, while incorporating accessibility and communications best practices into the creation process.

  1. Storytelling and Communications

03 March 2022

Communications strategy must be more than an afterthought. Your method of talking about your project is an integral element of building a successful OER project. Sharing the project’s story helps grow the book’s community to build long-term sustainability and success.

  1. Growing and Managing Teams

10 March 2022

In this session we cover various roles and responsibilities, tasks and workload, types of teams, and how to find people to help your project succeed. We highlight the ways strong leaders plan tasks, motivate the team, and keep the project on track. Finally, we discuss ways to manage teams, while striking a balance between available time and the project’s requirements.

  1. Team check-in with your facilitator

17 March 2022

This stage of the program will give you an opportunity for you and your team to meet 1:1 with your facilitator, and address any specific questions, challenges, or issues that have come up. It also offers your facilitator the chance to learn more about your work, and use this insight to tailor support in upcoming sessions.

  1. Accessibility and Inclusive Design

24 March 2022

Thinking about accessibility and inclusive design up front yields resources that can be used by all students from the moment of release. By integrating these considerations into your project from the beginning you can reduce remediation work post-release.

  1. Content Creation

31 March 2022

Content is one of the most anticipated parts of OER creation. In this session we discuss how to produce strong content that is optimal for learners and consistent across the OER project, while also keeping in mind considerations such as target audiences, diversity, accessibility, downstream uses like remixing, localizing, etc.

  1. Authoring and Editing Logistics

07 April 2022
Content creation spans a wide range of activities and forms. This session encourages you to think outside of the box - what would be helpful for fellow educators to make full use of the resource you are creating? In this session we also explore editing, which is a critical phase of OER creation as it ensures the usability and readability of the text. We discuss how it plays out throughout the creation process in different ways, and how it helps your project become a cohesive resource.

  1. Review and Feedback

14 April 2022

A critical piece of successful OER is getting feedback and review early on. In this session we talk about why peer review is important, how to get it done, and other methods to receive comments and critique on your project.

  1. Formatting and Release Preparation

21 April 2022

Once your book’s content has been written, edited, and reviewed, you need to get it into formats to be shared in the world. We’ll talk about different approaches to formatting and layout, (using Pressbooks and other tools) and how to prepare for the book’s big release.

  1. Post-release and Adoptions

28 April 2022

The book is out there. Now what? We’ll discuss adoptions, improvements, maintenance, and ways to expand your book so that it and the community around it live on.

  1. Curriculum Wrap-Up

05 May 2022

In the final session for Phase 1, we look back on all the topics covered and reflect on the progress you have made. We discuss your plans for Phase 2 and highlight the ways in which you can continue to support and get support from your fellow cohort members.

Phase 2

Creating high-quality, accessible, representative, and valuable open resources takes time. We want to make sure that you have the support you need from this learning community for a full year. During Phase 2, you’ll get a chance to talk about challenges and successes as you apply what you’ve learned in the previous sessions to your project. You can lean on the cohort to get answers, share their experiences, celebrate milestones, and get the inspiration or motivation you need to keep progressing!

This phase comprises a series of group check-ins with your cohort and 1:1 conversations with your project team and facilitator. We will alternate between these two formats for the remainder of the year. Group check-ins will be taking place on the same day and time as those in Phase 1. The schedule for Phase 2 will look like this:

  1. Group check-in: 02 June 2022 , 12:30-2 pm ET
  2. Monthly 1:1 with your facilitator: 30 June 2022; pick a 20 min time slot during 12:30-2:00pm ET period
  3. Group check-in: 04 August 2022, 12:30-2:00pm ET
  4. Monthly 1:1 with your facilitator: 08 September, 2022; pick a 20 min time slot during 12:30-2:00pm ET period
  5. Group check-in: 13 October 2022 , 12:30-2:00pm ET
  6. Monthly 1:1 with your facilitator: 10 November 2022; pick a 20 min time slot during 12:30-2:00pm ET period
  7. Group check-in: 08 December 2022, 12:30-2:00pm ET
  8. Monthly 1:1 with your facilitator: 12 January 2022; pick a 20 min time slot during 12:30-2:00pm ET period
  9. Group check-in: 09 February 2022, 12:30-2:00pm ET (final meeting for the course)


We encourage transparency in what we do, so that everyone, including those outside the program, are aware of the work we are doing and can benefit from the knowledge shared. All communications will take place in the cohort discussion space. However, in the event of extraordinary circumstances, participants can contact Liza Long (@lizalong) privately via direct message on the Rebus Community forum.