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Communities of practice keep us going!

We’re marking a milestone this week as our second Textbook Success Program cohort graduates the program! Keep reading to learn more about their experience, and why we’ve been all smiles since our last session together.

This newsletter also contains:

  • A call for reviewers for an intermediate Spanish language textbook
  • Reviews from Textbook Success Program graduates
  • Details for our Office Hours session on student leadership
  • Recap of our Office Hours session on engaging OER leaders

Textbook Success Program Graduates!

This February, our second cohort of the Textbook Success Program, completed their final session. Congratulations to all the February 2020 cohort graduates! It has been a challenging year for us all, and we are so impressed with the cohort’s commitment to one another and their projects. Our cohort grappled with the unexpected pivots to online teaching and suppor; struggles the pandemic has wrought; and processed anger around the discrimination and inequities in our world and in education specifically. They brought an environment of care, support, empathy, and understanding to our sessions. We engaged with topics around open publishing, workflows, inclusive design, accessibility, formatting, and more with an eagerness, curiosity, and motivation that was surprising and inspiring. Kudos to our graduates for their admirable work! And congratulations once again! See snippets below where cohort members discuss their experience in the program, and read more program reviews.

"When I started the Textbook Success Program, I did not know the first thing about curating and creating a book using Open Education Resources. By the end of the program, my colleagues and I were able to produce and pilot a modular first-year composition textbook designed around our state's learning outcomes for written communication. The "textbook" itself has been invaluable to my teaching and has shaped my thinking about pedagogy. I am so grateful for this opportunity to learn and grow in a supportive, knowledgeable learning community."
— Liza Long, Assistant Professor,
Department of English, College of Western Idaho, 
Graduate of the February 2020 Cohort
Want to be part of the Textbook Success Program? Our cohorts run multiple times a year. Sign up for a consultation.

Office Hours: Leadership Series continues tomorrow!

Last month, we heard all about effective strategies to engage student leaders. Tune in for part 2 tomorrow where we focus specifically on student leaders in OER. Office Hours are co-organized by the Open Education Network and Rebus Community.

Topic: How to Engage Student Leaders in OER
When:  Tomorrow, February 18 at 2pm ET/11am PT/ 7pm UTC
Guests: Akanksha Bhatnagar (Communications and Public Relations Officer, Canadian Alliance of Student Associations), Nicholas Sengstaken (Chancellor’s Fellow, Office of the Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Letícia Nunes Campos (4th-year medical student, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Universidade de Pernambuco), and Nikki Godfrey (Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs, Board of Regents, State of Louisiana).

Student advocacy can make a significant difference when working to promote OER use on campus. In this session, we’ll talk about strategies for engaging students leadership to support OER adoption and creation. Our guests will talk about how student engagement got started on their campuses, effective strategies for building connections that last from year-to-year, and the impact of engaged student leadership on student savings and learning.

Missed part 1 of the series on Engaging Leaders in OER? Don’t worry! We always record, caption, and transcribe. Catch the recap online or read through the transcript. Thanks to our speakers Teri O. Gallaway (Executive Director and Associate Commissioner, Louisiana Library Network (LOUIS)), Josh Bolick (Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of Kansas), and Carrie Gits (Head Librarian/Associate Professor, Highland Campus Library, Austin Community College) for their insightful comments!

Call for participation

This section features calls for participation from projects with a topic in our Contributor Marketplace. If you would like to see your call in our newsletter, follow these steps to amplify your requests for contributors.

The team behind Civilización Hispanoamericana at SUNY Oneonta is seeking peer reviewers! Indicate your interest in reviewing this intermediate level book for Spanish Language students on the project homepage.
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