Session 2: Project Scoping (May 2024 B Cohort)

Thanks for the excellent session yesterday, @may24b-cohort! Here’s the chat transcript from this week’s session as well as some key links that we covered.

Key Links


This session started off with a brief overview of the different stages of the open publishing process. Knowing what goes into publishing can help you as a creator plan for the work involved. The model depicted in the slides is cyclical to demonstrate that you will progress through the publishing process in unique ways, sometimes circling back or working in multiple stages all at once, in correspondence with the unique parameters in your project. There is no one “correct” way for all projects in our cohort, but understanding the different stages in the process will help you plan ahead to better navigate those unique contexts.

Prior to our next session, please complete the activities listed on your Handout for Session 2, under the Homework Activities. I’ve copied the checklist to the bottom of this recap. The checklist includes continuing to work on your Project Summary and starting to locate suitable OER in your discipline. As a reminder in the template, you’ll consider:

  • Title: informative for reader and adopter.
  • Overview: Brief, highlight any unique elements or aspects about the resource and what you hope it will achieve
  • Motivators: Identify the motives that drive the project as well as your individual motivations for participating
  • Course and Audience: Indicate what course(s) this will be used in but also think beyond the course/classroom about student accessibility needs, reading levels, backgrounds, contexts, etc.
  • Significant Learning Outcomes: Phrasing Overarching OER Outcomes and more specific sub-goals can guide you in the location of suitable resources or inform you of gaps that you will need to fill.
  • Structure: list of topics or concepts covered, plus a brief structural breakdown of the book or course materials to give a sense of how your OER will be scaffolded
  • License: Thinking about the permission you might (not) want to grant future adopters will help you define the license of your choice down the road.
  • Anticipated Timeline: an approximate indicator of dates for major milestones
  • Measures of Success: short and long-term goals that don’t solely need to be quantitative

Another important part of the Project Scoping stage is the coordination and forming of an equitable team. A first step in this process is for you to set up systems and tools that will help your team to organize and make transparent all project-related communication. This will also allow for everybody to feel fully involved and contribute seamlessly (i.e., access, discuss, write, edit, and/or format your OER). If you haven’t done so yet, please finalize this setup with your teams.

Next week, we’ll continue to plan and finalize the vision for the project with our session on storytelling and communication. I look forward to connecting with you again then!

Homework Checklist

Begin Working on your Project Summary
Continue the discussion with your team about the missing parts of this summary. Note: This will take you a few weeks.
Update Project Forum
Access your Rebus Community Project Forum and update your project summary post. (See your handout for detailed instructions)