Session 11 — Post-release and Adoptions

@feb20-cohort, we’re nearing the end of the publishing phase with tomorrow’s session on adoptions and other post-release considerations. See you all at 9am ET on Zoom (at our usual meeting link).

We’ll be referring to:

  1. Handout: Post-release and Adoptions
  2. Slides: Post-release and Adoptions

I have a few list of suggestions for our session on special topics and review next week. If you have anything you want us to discuss as a group, please let me know by the end of the week!

Thank you Apurva. Is there a version of the “Frontmatter & Backmatter” table in the release overview section that we can either download to edit (and use for our book) or which is easily cut-and-pasted? It’s a long and helpful pair of lists, but I am having trouble with adapting the book that you all have written (and that we adopted as a community learning cohort). Thanks in advance to any and all repliers, Michael Polgar, PSU project group

You should be able to copy/paste the table either straight from the webbook or other formats, but for convenience’s sake, I’ve compiled them into two lists below.


  • Abstract
  • Acknowledgements
  • Copyright Page
  • Dedication
  • Epigraph
  • Foreword
  • Image Credits
  • Introduction
  • List of Abbreviations
  • List of Illustrations
  • List of Tables
  • Other Books by the Author(s) / In this Series
  • Praise for this Book
  • Preface
  • Prologue
  • Recommended Citation


  • About the Team
  • About the Publisher
  • Accessibility Assessment
  • Afterword
  • Appendix
  • Author’s / Editor’s Note
  • Bibliography
  • Conclusion
  • Epilogue
  • Errata
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • Licensing and Remixing Information
  • Review Statement
  • Suggested Reading
  • Versioning History

Hope this helps you more easily use this information. :slight_smile:

Thanks! Problem solved.

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Good Morning,

I am still in my other meeting for my relocation job. As soon as this is done, I will join you.

I apologize,


Sorry my mind was on other chores this morning and I just realized that I missed our meeting this morning.


Hi Franziska, sorry we missed you. I hope your other meeting went off well. Please feel free to share any updates that you or @rsibrian have about the project here.

Hi Jinny, no worries! @Daniel-Hauptvogel gave us a great update about the Geology project and the progress you’re making on chapter 4. Feel free to share anything you wanted to mention about the project in the chat below.

I appreciate so many from the @feb20-cohort joining today’s meeting - thank you! Juggling project work with semesters winding down (or starting up) or with other events going on isn’t the easiest, but you’re all doing very well!

Next week’s session will be a bit of review and exploration of new topics, so if you have something you want us to discuss, please let me know by the end of the week. :slight_smile:

Chat Transcript & Resources

We dove a bit into bibliographies in our chat today, for those interested in reviewing the transcript. Here are the resources shared:

Lesson Recap

OERs are living documents that tend to change and evolve over time — to better respond to the needs of you and others who are using it. As the resource takes on a slightly different shape, so will your role as creator. An adopted resource is one that has been assigned (in part or in full) as part of the materials for a given course. Adoptions can have significant value because they are one of the ways to measure the impact of your book. Adopters can also reach out to find more information about the broader impact of your book on withdrawal rates, student savings, degree completion, and more.

Given the digital first nature of OER, it’s not as easy to track when and how an OER is being used. Start by polling your team members to see who is using the book. As you broaden the net, encourage adopters to self-report via a simple adoption form. Be clear in the form too why you are collecting the data that you are, and what you intend to do with it — information collection should be transparent and consensual. Make sure you link to this form from your book homepage and all other communications during the book’s release. Adopters are part of the book’s growing community so connect them with one another and provide multiple lines of communication between the users of the book to share their feedback or coordinate on improvements.

Maintaining your resource and keeping it up-to-date will ensure its continued relevance and ongoing adoptions of your book, year after year. Anyone invested in the value of the resource has an incentive to contribute to maintaining and updating it — so be public about the work you’re doing on the book. This will let people know when to expect changes and how to offer their support. More significant changes should be made outside of academic sessions so as not to disrupt students. Keep a record of edits and updates in the book’s Version History.

There might be people who come across your work and decide to complete a new OER project incorporating or using your resource. Adaptations and spin-offs are a great way to see the contributions of your book to your discipline and to see content crafted to better suit others’ needs. It’s also an opportunity to generate additional value around the book and increase the community around it. It’s much easier to create a new resource based on one that exists. So if you’re creating a book, it’s important to make sure to set it up for easy adaptation: select an open license, provide an editable format, create modular content, and list information for adopters in the book’s back-matter.

The life after release is an exciting period to show the support that the community has towards the book and to see your hard work pay off. What starts out as just a project team in the scoping phase turns into what we think of as the ‘community of practice’ around your book, including adopters, adapters, readers, and more, all around the world. Behold the power of collaboration and open education!