Session 4: Growing and Managing Teams

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It was great to see everyone in @may24c-cohort! I hope that you enjoyed our session which emphasized the importance of collaboration and teamwork in the Textbook Success Program (TSP). As we see it, collaboration is an Indigenous way of being that allows us to step out of the dominant mindset of individual, single hero-modes of working. When we share and when we work as a collective, we can have more impact and do more good in the education sphere. The learning objectives and activities in this session prompted you to think about your role and contributions to the OER project and about how to effectively work in your teams through the rest of the TSP.

Collaboration works best when we adopt the following three principles:

  • work together as equals;
  • develop shared meaning about what we are doing;
  • show consideration for each other.

Many of our TSP graduates noted that the commitment of their team members to the OER creation process and the identity as a group have deepened over time, especially when rooted in a “shared power.”

We acknowledge that collaboration takes time. But who says it’s less efficient in the long run? Of course, in the short-term, meetings take time. We think shared ideas, feelings of being respected and being on the same wavelength, are a good investment for the future. It will enable everybody’s growth and connection on multiple levels, including institutional capacity and greater contributions to society. We, your cohort, and your teams learn from those collaborations, and all of us learn to collaborate better in the process.

The following activities were part of our fourth session (find session materials linked above):

  1. Individually reflect on your role and contributions in your team [slide 8]
  2. Indicate to cohort whether you can commit to the TSP team approach [slide 10],
  3. Discuss with your team the roles and responsibilities in your team using the Roles and Responsibilities.

Instructions for next week’s 1:1 meetings.

Next week, your teams will meet with me 1:1 for 15 min each. This will give us the opportunity to talk about your projects in more detail, and for me as your facilitator to more clearly understand what you are working towards. I will spend some time reviewing your submitted materials in the forum, to guide your team in the next steps.

Please use the regular meeting link at these times:
1-1:15 a.m. Food, Safety, and Sanitation
1:15-1:30 a.m. Introduction to Corrections
1:30-1:45 a.m. Criminology
1:45 - 2 p.m. Math for Elementary Teachers
2-2:15 p.m. Applied Algebra
2:15-2:30 p.m. Introduction to Safety

To prepare for your 1:1 with me, please ensure that:

  • Everybody in your team understands who is holding what responsibility,
  • Your team has set up a transparent organization and documentation system,
  • A draft of project summary exists and has been shared on the Project Forum pages,
  • Your team has set up a regular meeting schedule,
  • Your team started to identify and review OER for your project,
  • Your team identified and addressed challenges within teams that have come up so far.

Homework Activity

Please respond below with the roles and responsibilities that you are responsible for based on completing the Roles and Responsibilities Template. These roles and tasks may shift over time, but it’s critical you begin your project work with clear expectations on who joins your team and what contributions they bring as humans and professionals.

Let me know if you have any questions! See you next week.

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My roles and responsibilities include the following for my group: co-author, co-researcher, co-reviewer-, and co-copyeditor.

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I will be serving as an author, researcher and reviewer

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My roles and responsibilities include (1) one of the Authors creating and remixing contents, (2) Instructional Designer implementing course material into Moodle, and (3) Reviewer to review and proofreading the written/math content.

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My role will be author, potentially content gatherer, and glossary information at this point. The role will probably expand as we move along.

While my individual role is listed as Researcher, it is not set in stone. I will be supporting each team member in any capacity that is necessary along the process, emphasizing fluid navigation in all Subject Matter related tasks.

My roles include author, technology lead/support, and copy editor.

My roles will be author, technology lead and copy editor.

My roles will be author, instructional designer, reviewer, and copy editor.

My roles will be author, technology lead, reviewer, and copy editor.

My role is Project Manager - I will also do my best to support all other roles when a task challenges them.

My roles are author, reviewer, and to assist with copyeditor duties.

My roles will be copyeditor, technology lead, author, and reviewer.

My roles for this project are co-author and co-technology lead.

My roles area as an author and instructional designer.

My roles will be author and instructional designer.

My role will be co-author and reviewer

In the group, I will serve as an Author, Reviewer, and Instructional Designer. My responsibilities include writing several chapters along with their corresponding instructional materials and question banks, as well as reviewing chapters written by other group members.

OER Math for Elementary

Roles, Responsibilities & Tasks:

Project manager - Lead meetings, provide Guidance, serve needs of group.

Researcher - OER discovery, Creative Commons needs/questions/issues.

Copyeditor - Edit to create coherent voice to the work as a whole, another layer of quality assurance

OER Math for Elementary

Roles, Responsibilities & Tasks:

Project Manager

Lead meetings
Provide guidance
Serve the needs of the group


Discover Open Educational Resources (OER)
Address Creative Commons needs, questions, and issues


Edit to ensure a coherent voice throughout the work
Provide an additional layer of quality assurance