Session 12. Special Topics and Review

Good morning, @feb21-cohort! Today marks 12 weeks since we started the program and the last of our weekly sessions. We’ll spend a bit of time reviewing our discussions, talking through your project timelines and expected work over the next few months. There’s also time to discuss any questions that you have (we recall a few going around about copyright and fair use), to provide feedback about the program. We’ll end by looking ahead to the monthly check-ins and what type of support you can expect from Rebus and one another.

Take a look at these documents for our session:

  1. Slides: Special Topics and Review
  2. Course Evaluation (Sessions 1-12)

Good morning, @feb21-cohort! I hope you are all having a good end to your week. Thank you all for your time this Tuesday and for your generous responses to the Course Evaluation so far (if you haven’t filled this out yet, please take 10 minutes to do so). As usual, I have saved our chat transcript and gathered the list of links shared below:

We also have our 2 final blog posts out! Check them out and please reshare:

Short recap

We hope that 12 weeks of the TSP have helped you see that the open publishing process is not as mysterious or complex as you may have thought! You may have seen some patterns forming between each of the stages we’ve covered. While we’re not doing an in-depth overview of each stage, we’re hoping that you can keep in mind these general principles to guide you along your way:

  • Plan ahead and revisit your approach at each stage (think through the process, create supporting documents, and meet with your team before diving into action)
  • Be public about the work on your project (so everyone on the team is on the same page, and so others know how to chip in or offer support)
  • Consider your audience and their needs from the very beginning (so your resource is more accessible, usable, and valuable)
  • Collaborate and provide pathways for people to join (different perspectives can strengthen your resource, and more people can help share the workload)
  • Nothing is set in stone or unchangeable (your resource can mould to fit changing needs or goals, and can be easily modified even after it is released)
  • Books and communities go hand in hand (you are creating both an OER and a group or team around this OER who is invested in using it and seeing it live on)
  • Remember that everyone involved in these projects, yourself included, is human (so be conscious of workloads, take breaks when needed, and focus on keeping the team connections intact)

What to expect at our monthly check-ins

Our first check-in is June 15. Remember that all our check-ins are already on your calendars, and will be at our usual slot on Tuesdays at 10am ET.

The check-ins are a space to get support from Rebus and your fellow cohort members. You can share updates, ask detailed questions, talk through challenges, and go into as much detail about how principles are applying to your project as you want. You can use monthly check-ins to set goals for progress and hold yourself accountable.

While the structure of these check-ins may change as we go, it’ll only be in service of your projects and to support you better. In between our monthly meetings, please keep an eye on this forum space. It is a place to go to ask for help and offer support, share progress (everyone can start a new conversation) in between check-ins. Use the cohort tag @feb21-cohort, tag individual members, as needed, and if you are tagged in a discussion, please take a few minutes to respond. I will moderate the discussion, but it will only be fruitful if we are all actively participating.

Finally, you may want to come back to all the documents we have referenced over the past 12 weeks. All these resources are collected in a Curriculum Hub — hopefully this is more easily navigable.