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The Rebus Mantra: If We All Chip In, the Effort Will Be Minimal and the Benefits Great

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Before the Rebus Community was officially founded, Hugh McGuire wrote a post on Medium about the large-scale collaboration we hope to achieve around open textbooks. Hugh is no stranger to this kind of collaboration, having founded Librivox, a community of volunteers who crowdsourced the world’s largest collection of public domain audiobooks. In the post, heKeep reading “The Rebus Mantra: If We All Chip In, the Effort Will Be Minimal and the Benefits Great”

Contributors Wanted: Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students

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We’re excited to announce the newest open textbook project to receive Rebus support: Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students. The project began as a collection of resources that lead author Linda Frederiksen, head of access services at Washington State University Vancouver, used in her classes. After various attempts at a format for theKeep reading “Contributors Wanted: Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students”

Making Open Textbooks Accessible: A Test Case

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The Rebus Community is pleased to announce the latest addition to our stable of projects: Financial Strategy for Public Managers. Led by Justin Marlowe of the University of Washington, this text is targeted at Master of Public Administration students, but could also serve as the core text for a range of undergraduate, graduate and professionalKeep reading “Making Open Textbooks Accessible: A Test Case”

Found: A Lead Editor for The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature

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We are pleased to announce that The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature has a new lead editor. Timothy Robbins, an assistant professor of English at Graceland University, has joined the project and will be leading the charge to expand the range of texts covered in the anthology. This second edition will continue the workKeep reading “Found: A Lead Editor for The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature”

Office Hours: Making Open Textbooks with Students

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Office Hours: Making Open Textbooks with Students Jan. 31 2 p.m. EST Our next office hours will feature special guests Robin DeRosa, Steel Wagstaff, Amanda Coolidge, and others who work with students to create open textbooks and open content. The conversation will encompass pedagogy, faculty responsibilities, student rights and agreements when students work on open textbooksKeep reading “Office Hours: Making Open Textbooks with Students”

How Rebus Can Help if You’re Already Doing Open Textbooks

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We’ve gotten a lot of questions about how the Rebus Community can help if you are already creating open textbooks. Those and related questions are answered in this (slightly edited) conversation between Hugh McGuire and Rebus Community member Billy Meinke of University of Hawaii, in the Rebus Community forum. BILLY: Is there any info aboutKeep reading “How Rebus Can Help if You’re Already Doing Open Textbooks”

The Rebus Approach to Accessibility & Inclusivity

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In part one of our series on accessibility, we covered what accessibility is and why it’s important. Now, learn about what we’re doing to ensure accessibility for the open textbooks we support. How Do We Ensure Accessibility & Inclusivity of the Open Textbooks Created with Rebus Support? The Rebus Community is committed to ensuring thatKeep reading “The Rebus Approach to Accessibility & Inclusivity”

What is Accessibility?

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At Rebus, we’re committed to ensuring that all Open Textbooks coming through the Rebus process are accessible. In fact, we are working on building accessibility right into the authoring process. What do we mean by accessibility? Accessibility is the term used for, roughly, “making it easy for people with disabilities (say people with visual impairments,Keep reading “What is Accessibility?”

Call for Contributors: A Guide to Authoring Open Textbooks

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Are you an open textbook champion who wants to help others by sharing your experience producing open textbooks? Melissa Falldin of the University of Minnesota and Karen Lauritsen of the Open Textbook Network are producing a guide to authoring open textbooks and they’re looking for contributors. The guide will be for authors or project managers/librariansKeep reading “Call for Contributors: A Guide to Authoring Open Textbooks”

Call for Contributors: Foundations of Biology

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Would you like to help create an Open textbook for biology survey courses at community colleges? “Foundations of Biology” is being led by a group of authors at Greenfield Community College who are looking to adapt two OpenStax textbooks (Biology and Concepts of Biology) to create a version suitable for the mixed groups that areKeep reading “Call for Contributors: Foundations of Biology”

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