It was wonderful to meet so many of you, and see all teams in our cohort represented at our first session!
Our main focus was to get to know one another’s projects, understand how our sessions will be structured, and learn about Rebus’ tools and approaches. Here are this week’s homework activities:
- Agree to the Memorandum of Understanding for our cohort (if you did not complete this during our session).
- Write a brief introduction for yourself and your project by replying to this topic. Include your role on the project and the dream goal you have for it.
- Read through the first five slides for Session 2: Project Scoping. Share the outcomes that most interest you or make you want to know more, as well as any questions you have by replying to this topic. These activities should give you a chance to familiarize yourself with the tools we use to facilitate our interactions in the Textbook Success Program.
And here is a link to our Session One chat.
We also spent a bit of time discussing Rebus’ collaborative approach to publishing, and how a larger community around a resource can not only make it stronger, but also help maintain it down the line. Our approach hinges on thinking about communications, accessibility, formatting, and more at each stage to really harness the global potential of OER. And these stages can and most likely will be flexible, and thus play out in different ways for each team — that’s what the model is built to do! I was thrilled to see how you all are already thinking about these issues with your projects.
We also discussed how being transparent about the process of creation can invite others to contribute and be involved in your projects, whether in big ways or small. Using a public-facing space for your project planning and communication, for example, is a unique way to broadcast your project and invite collaborators to join efforts in its creation.
We use tools for the Textbook Success Program like Curriculum Hub in Google. We also mentioned the Rebus Community Forum, where this recap is posted and where we will conveniently streamline ALL our cohort communication. All materials will be available to you throughout the program. We encourage you to share your questions here! Please note that you can use the tag @june23-cohort for conversations that include all cohort members. In addition, you can also write direct messages to individuals, not only in your cohort, but also in the entire forum space. Refer to the video tutorials in your session one handout for a more in-depth overview of the forum and its features.
Finally, we had a brief but fascinating discussion about the role of AI in OER content creation and student learning. This happens to be a special interest of mine right now, so I’m sure we will consider this more in future sessions. I recommend following people like Lance Eaton, Jane Rosenzweig, and Anna Mills on Twitter for current AI education discourse.
Please feel free to tag me @lizalong if you have questions. I look forward to seeing you all next week!