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Stories from Open Education practitioners

We've spent 7 rewarding weeks working with our February 2021 Textbook Success Program (TSP) cohort. Today, we feature the stories from the cohort so you can learn about the people behind the projects, the motivations that driving them to publish openly, and ways to collaborate! 

This newsletter also contains:

  • Details for tomorrow's Office Hours session on Anecdotal Evidence and Data
  • The recording for Office Hours: The Power of Social Media Storytelling
  • Calls for participation from the University of New Haven

TSP Spotlight: OER Projects at the University of New Haven

This section highlights projects currently enrolled in the Textbook Success Program. Want to be part of the Textbook Success Program? Our cohorts run three times a year. Sign up for a consultation.

Writing and Publishing for Digital Environments

This textbook is targeted at college student writers across disciplines who want to learn to write clear, compelling prose in a variety of digital environments. This book covers a wide array of web writing concepts, with an emphasis on rhetorically aware writing; audience-centered design; and algorithm-conscious structures.

Read more about Dr. Jenna Sheffield’s goals for this open textbook.

Transforming Humanities Texts

This project brings open pedagogy into conversation with scholarly editing to support humanities courses. Our goal is to build documentary editions that grow and change to incorporate the work of the students who read and investigate them. Each edition will put students in a position to explore these texts alongside their instructors to ask questions and decide afresh how they might be relevant to their lives.

Read our interview with Dr. Mary Isbell to find out what inspired her approach.

“The Rebus TSP has been an invaluable experience that has lifted the veil off the publishing process in various ways, and has given me the confidence to continue supporting these projects in the future, as well as possibly endeavoring on my own at some point.”

— Amanda Wentworth,
Digital Humanities and Learning Coordinator, SUNY Geneseo
Graduate of the October 2019 Cohort


Office Hours: Anecdotal Evidence and Data

At tomorrow’s Office Hours session, co-hosted by the Open Education Network and Rebus Community, guests will share effective methods to communicate the impact of OER initiatives to key stakeholders.

Topic: Storytelling with Anecdotal Evidence and Data
When:  Tomorrow, 22 April,  2:00 PM ET/ 11:00 AM PT/ 7:00 PM GMT
Guests: Urooj Nizami (Open Education Strategist, Kwantlen Polytechnic University), Erin Milanese (Affordable Learning Project Coordinator, Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI)), Jeff Gallant (Program Director, Affordable Learning Georgia), and Genya O’Gara (Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) Deputy Director)

Implementing open educational resources (OER) and related practices can mean student savings, pedagogical innovations, collaborative learning, and more. Many of us working with OER hear stories from faculty and students about the difference these resources and related practices make in creating a more equitable and inclusive learning environment. Yet it can be difficult to effectively tell these stories to key stakeholders, since higher education administrators, state legislators, faculty adopters and potential donors may respond to different evidence. In this session, we’ll explore how to tell stories about open education’s impact through anecdotal evidence and data, including opportunities to amplify the voices of those who are often marginalized in our educational system. As part of the discussion, we’ll also talk about tools and strategies for tracking local OER impact.

Did you miss our session on The Power of Social Media Storytelling? Don’t worry — we have you covered. Catch the recap online or read through the transcript. Thanks to our speakers Leigh Kinch-Pedrosa (Head of Marketing & Communications, Pressbooks), Sarah Mease (Digital Publishing Assistant, Virginia Tech University Libraries), Karolina Karas (Strategist, Marketing and Communications, BCcampus), Symphonie Swift (Communications Specialist, OpenStax).

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.

Are you a college instructor who helps students learn how to write or design for the web? Help us build an interdisciplinary open textbook that will serve as a vital resource for students! We are currently seeking short section contributions for the textbook, Writing and Publishing in Digital Environments

The team behind Transforming Humanities Texts is seeking collaborators from the Humanities to work in these areas: assignments, platforms, editions, teaching, images, and copyright. Learn more and apply.
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