Session 12 - Curriculum Wrap-Up

Here are the files for this week’s week’s session – the last of phase 1!

For the in-session picture-finding activity, here are the instructions:

  1. Visit one of the suggested image repositories:
    a. Openverse
    b. Pexels
    c. Unsplash
  2. Find and download a picture that represents your learning experience around DEI in Phase 1.
  3. Upload the picture as a reply on this thread.
  4. Add a title and a brief description that tells us why you chose that image. (Extra credit if you give good TASL attribution and an alt text!)
  5. Review others’ posts.

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Inclusivity the future for Higher Education

Colored pencils

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
close up Image of the tips of several colored pencils in varying shades

i chose this to represent both the concepts of inclusion and diversity, but also to represent that DEI work is by design, and takes specific tools.

Spoken Word among the youth as a example of DEI in the community

Hubble Goes Deep” by NASA Goddard Photo and Video is marked with CC BY 2.0.

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field (image) is the deepest image of “space” yet taken. Each dot is a galaxy…and because they are distant, they are young-we are looking back billions of years. These galaxies have been evolving for those billions of years, but we don’t know what they look like now.

For me, the image represents journey (photons traveling…), diversity learned along the journey ( all those different galaxy types) and the fact that evolving is what i need to do.


One of our usual post-weekly meeting summaries follows! It’s a bit long, as usual, but please note the places we ask for you to do something, such as the survey, the goal setting/timeline (important for Phase 2), and the image-finding activity.

Congratulations everybody! We have now hit a major milestone in TSP: last week was week 12 and so we have completed Phase 1! We hope that as we worked through our intensive sessions in the last 12 weeks with you, the curriculum has helped you gain clarity on what open publishing entails and all the innovative possibilities it holds for your teaching practice. That being said, there’s still plenty to explore and learn over the coming 9 months as a community of practice, as we move into Phase 2 of the program.

This session saw us do a few different things. We revisited the key takeaways of TSP Phase 1, created spaces for reflection, clarified expectations for Phase 2, and did some goal setting work.

The first part of our session was dedicated to wrapping up Phase 1. I provided a brief recap of the past 12 weeks, before I asked everyone to complete an evaluation. Those of you, who missed the session, please kindly submit your feedback with the Feb 22 Create Cohort Survey (should take 10-15 minutes).

In the second part of our session, we looked ahead to Phase 2 of the Textbook Success Program and discussed the following items (alternating between brief input from me and activities done by the participants):

  • I shared what to expect from our monthly sessions going forward and asked everybody present to agree to the expectations (See Slide 12 in our slide deck).
  • I layed out how we can stay in touch asynchronously in between meetings (See Slide 13)
  • The teams started discussing their project-specific goals for Phase 2 and consolidated their project timelines. The template guiding this activity is in a folder specific to our cohort, here: Feb 22 C Cohort. Please make a copy of the template for your group – with a new name for the document! – in that folder.
  • We did a final reflection activity where we asked cohort members to reflect on their DEI learning in the program, and upload an image that best represents this in the forum. If you were absent, please complete this activity as outlined in the handout (and above in this thread).

To prepare for our first cohort meeting in Phase 2, please consult the session handout and do the suggested homework activities.

It’s been wonderful working with you in the last 12 works and l look forward to supporting you going forward as well. Please note that our next session will happen on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

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