Session 1: Introductions Recap

Session 1: Introductions

It was wonderful to meet so many of you, and see all authors and support staff 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, please complete this week’s activities as outlined in your session handout:

  • If you have not already done so, 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 some time discussing Rebus’ collaborative approach to publishing, and how a larger community supporting 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 harness the global potential of OER. 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 (@feb22ny-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. 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 from our first session.

I look forward to seeing you again next week! Please feel free to reach out with questions.