M.O.S.T. OER Workshop Series We are excited to offer you the opportunity to register for an upcoming series of webinars on high-demand topics in OER, hosted by the Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative in partnership with the Rebus Community and facilitated by Apurva Ashok, Project Lead for the Rebus Community and facilitator of the Textbook Success Program.
These webinars are designed to help you explore topics such as developing ancillary materials, diversity, equity and OER, accessibility, and more. There is a limit on attendees for each webinar, so please register early!
OER Ancillary Materials
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The term "Open Educational Resources (OER)" refers to not only high-quality textbooks, but also a number of additional teaching and learning aids called ancillary materials. Ancillary materials include presentations, quizzes, multimedia, interactive simulations, writing prompts, and more. In this session, we'll conduct an overview of different types of ancillary materials, where you can find them, and survey different platforms for delivery. We'll also cover how ancillary materials can be integrated with your textbook or used to align your content to course outcomes.
OER Publishing with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Core
Friday, January 22, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
In this session, we'll discuss how Rebus' open publishing differs from traditional models by keeping diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind throughout the production cycle. Working with the principles of DEI is critical to creating valuable resources, and can have impacts beyond improving the quality of the OER. We'll highlight how creators in Maryland have adopted this approach in their projects.
OER and Accessibility
Monday, February 8, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
One of the major goals of the open education movement is to ensure that learning materials are available and usable widely. Accessibility can be a barrier to widespread OER use and adoption, and is often an afterthought to many textbook publishers. In this session we'll explain what we mean by accessibility, remediation, and the work this entails. We'll provide a set of small but simple ways for you to ensure that your learning materials meet accessibility standards.
Creating OER with Students
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Student voices need to be central in OER projects, especially considering that they are the final users of these materials. In this session, we will showcase a range of OER that have been co-created with students. We will consider the following questions: Where can students join the publishing process? What conversations around ownership, copyright, licensing need to be had? How can this experience be enriching for students?
Interactive Textbooks with H5P
Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
With the shift to digital learning in online classrooms, we are reminded about the potential of OER to better engage with our students. This session will introduce H5P, a free tool that lets you create interactive content to embed in your textbooks. We'll look at the range of content types in H5P, see examples from published textbooks, and highlight other tools you can use to make dynamic OER.
About Rebus Community: The Rebus Community is a Canadian charity that provides a new, collaborative process for creating open textbooks and OER ancillary materials. We offer services and resources to support open publishing, and to bring together a community of faculty, librarians, students, and others working with open textbooks around the world. Join us at www.rebus.community. Rebus Community is supported by generous funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a leader in philanthropic support for education, environment, and global development.
About Apurva Ashok: Apurva Ashok is the Project Lead at Rebus Community and facilitator of the Textbook Success Program. Apurva studied literature and marketing at McGill University and completed the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University. Her experience covers academic and open publishing, media, social justice, and volunteerism. During her time at Rebus, Apurva has worked closely with the teams of over 40 open textbooks including Blueprint for Success in College and Career, Media Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and the Introduction to Philosophy series. She is the co-author of The Rebus Guide to Publishing Open Textbooks (So Far) and has contributed to the award-winning Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students. Apurva received the Support Specialist Award for Excellence from Open Education Global in 2020.