Session 1: Introductions (June 2022 Cohort)

Hello @june22-cohort! It was wonderful to meet so many of you, and see all the teams in our cohort represented at our first session!

The main focus was to get to know one another’s projects, understand how our sessions will be structured, and learn about Rebus’ tools and approaches. As some of you requested more guidance for project accountability in the process, we are designing activities for in-session practice and application afterwards, so that you can successively build out your OER creation plan and implement it smoothly over the coming year. On that note, I kindly ask you to complete this week’s activities as outlined in your session handout:

  • Respond below with your introduction, including your role on the project and the dream goal you have for it.
  • Agree to the Memorandum of Understanding for our cohort.
  • Create a project homepage for your project (which will be updated over the course of our program)

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!

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. The project homepage we host on our Rebus platform, for example, is a unique way to broadcast your project and invite collaborators to join efforts in its creation.

Talking about the tools we use for the Textbook Success Program like Curriculum Hub in Google, for instance, 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 @june22-cohort for conversations that include all cohort members. In addition, you can also write direct messages to individuals, not only in your cohort, but the entire forum space. Refer to the video tutorials in your handout for a more in-depth overview of the forum and its features.

Here’s a link to the chat transcript and slides from our first session. Please feel free to reach out with questions. I look forward to seeing you again next week!

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Dear @june22-cohort,

This is a brief message relating to the task of setting up your project homepages. To avoid running into saving errors, please be aware that the software has a maximum number of characters for both the short and long project descriptions. You can be over by a bit, but once you are over by too many characters for both, you won’t be able to save your text.

The max characters is:
short descriptions = 1000 characters
long descriptions = 5000 characters

Kind regards and looking forward to seeing those of you who will attend the TSP Phase 1 Session 2 tomorrow!

I couldn’t create a project in Microsoft Edge and had to use Chrome to make it work.

Dear Albert, would you mind sharing the url link to your project, so I can add it to the About the Cohort page?