Session 1: Introductions

Hello @may24b-cohort! It was wonderful to meet so many of you and to see all teams in our cohort represented at our first session today!

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.

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!

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 @may24b-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.

Please be sure to complete this week’s activities as outlined in your session handout:

  • Reply below in this thread with a brief introduction, including your role on the project and the dream goal(s) you have for it.
  • Agree to the Memorandum of Understanding for our cohort.

Here is a link to the chat transcript for today: Session 1: Introductions (May 2024 B Cohort)

Many thanks to @jmouton for capturing a video recording of today’s session! We should have all of the technical issues worked out to record in Zoom starting next week. Here’s the link to today’s recording: VidGrid - TSP May B Cohort Session 1.

I will see you all next Tuesday for Session 2: Project Scoping. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!!

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Hi everyone! My name is Johannah White; please feel free to call me ‘Hannah’, though. I am a librarian/project leader for the IV Therapy cohort. I have amazing people in my group! Very positive and welcoming. :slight_smile: This is my third OER project with support from LOUIS and Rebus. I’m so glad to be part of this community.

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Hello Everyone! My name is Debra Jackson, and I am a subject matter expert for microbiology. My PhD is in Biomedical Sciences-Microbiology and Immunology. Louisiana Delta CC-Winnsboro is my campus location. My goal for this project is to create content that is engaging, current, and user friendly. I look forward to collaborating with my microbiology group and everyone involved in this project.

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Hello, Everyone,
I have been teaching in higher education since 2017 as an adjunct instructor at Fletcher Technical Community College. I am also the Director of Adult Education and an adjunct instructor with River Parishes Community College. Some of my prior higher education roles included advising and career coaching. I teach Business Courses, Customer Service (communication) Skills, Financial Literacy, Digital Literacy, and Integrated Career Skills (career exploration, time management, and goal setting).

Before higher education, my career included ten years in the financial industry, five years in healthcare, and twelve years in business ownership. I have an MBA and am currently a 2025 EDD candidate with a concentration in Adult Education.

I have not technically written an OER before, but I have created a Customer Service course from scratch with all of the course content built into the Canvas course - no textbook needed, so something very similar. I am looking forward to working with all of you.

Hi Sarina! You’re actually in the May 2024 A Cohort - do you mind hopping over to the May 2024 A Cohort to sign the MOU and post your introduction there? Thanks!

I hopped over. I did the MOU, but I didn’t see the introduction there.

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Should be available after the session!

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Anastasia Montgomery. I am excited and a little nervous about this new endeavor. It is my first time participating with OES and I look forward to learning, contributing, and participating in this project. I am a Pharmacology instructor at Baton Rouge Community College in Baton Rouge Louisiana. I am a proud grandmother of 3 handsome grandsons and love spending any extra time with them.

Hello, my name is Rusti Liner, and I am a subject matter expert for the Flood/Mitigation cohort. I have worked in Geography and Emergency Management for over 32 years, and I have been deployed to 15 different nationally declared disasters across the United States. I am also an Assistant Professor at River Parishes Community College, where I started an Emergency Management concentration for the General Studies Program. I have extensive OER experience, and I utilize 100% OER materials in all of my courses.

Hi Rusti, you’re actually a part of the May 2024 A Cohort. Once the post is up, do you mind posting this there?

Hi Anastasia, you’re actually a part of the May 2024 A Cohort. Once the post is up, do you mind posting this there?

Hi, I am Chef John Kozar, Asst Professor at Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University. I have been teaching here since 2002 and over the years have served as Dept Head and Director. Back to teaching for me now.

I am in the group working on Food Safety and Sanitation and look forward to learning about the OER process. I have been ServSafe certified as a manager, teacher and proctor for about 13 years.

I am originally from western Pennsylvania, have degrees in Applied Mathematics and Business Operational Excellence as well as AAS in Specialized Technology.

Hello! My name is Kim Uddo. I teach in the nursing department for Delgado Community College and have served since 1999. I try to jump on quick to online opportunities such as this! I loved the online classes by Fielding called Teaching in the Online Classroom. I did create a Summer Nurse Refresher Hybrid course that received the Quality Matters Seal of Approval. I went back late in my career to earn my Doctor of Nursing Practice at Loyola, which was online with steroids! I also have a part time job teaching for American Public University (American Military) and was given the opportunity to convert two graduate classes to OER! I hope to serve well, do my part, not drop the ball, and collaborate with my Med Surg II team to create an awesome online learning experience. I am thankful to be here. Kim Uddo

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Hi everyone, my name is Asia Grace and I am an Medical Surgical 1 instructor at Baton Rouge Community College. This is my first time participating in an OER and how the process work. I am looking forward to contributing to the program and see how my contributions wilI benefit students all over. I enjoy teaching and love to find creative and innovative ways for students to learn.

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Hello everyone, my name is Patrianna. I am an Assistant Professor in Nursing at ULM. This is my first time working on an OER. I look forward to this learning opportunity and hoping to lend my expertise to the process.

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Hi everyone. I’m Holly Goodwin, a librarian at SOWELA. I am the cohort leader for Medical Surgery 1 and my goal is to provide affordable materials to students.

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Hi, I am Amanda Olinde. I am an Assistant Professor of Nursing at FranU and I am in the IV Therapy group. This is my first time participating in the OER process but I’m really excited about it.

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Hi Friend! So happy to see you working on this project! For everyone else, Debra and I work together at LDCC. :slight_smile:

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Hi everyone,
I am one of the Librarian Cohort leaders for Intro to Nursing. I’m really excited to be a part of this, as I’ve worked on LOUIS OER Textbook projects in the past. My biggest take away from these projects is the long-term friendships and connections I’ve enjoyed from participating in past projects. Learning more from colleagues in Louisiana has given me a wealth of knowledge and helped me grow in my profession.


Hi everyone! My name is Angie Shoemake. I am a Professor of Nursing at Delgado Community College in New Orleans. I have been teaching both RN and LPNs for 20 years (traditional, hybrid, and online). I am so excited for this opportunity. I never participated in a program like this, but I love new adventures! I am looking forwarding to meet new people, expand my knowledge, help students along the way!