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Rebus Community Facilitates Open Textbook Creation with 12 New Pilot Projects

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The Rebus Community for Open Textbook Creation, a major initiative of the Rebus Foundation, has announced its first 12 open textbook projects. These open textbook projects will receive support from Rebus Community in the form of project management; help finding collaborators including authors, editors and proofreaders; peer review coordination, and support for design and formatting;Keep reading “Rebus Community Facilitates Open Textbook Creation with 12 New Pilot Projects”

Best Practices: Making Open Textbooks With Students

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In our January Office Hours, special guests Robin DeRosa, chair of interdisciplinary studies at Plymouth State University, Steel Wagstaff, instructional technology consultant at UW-Madison, and Amanda Coolidge, senior manager of open education at BCcampus, spoke about their experiences working with students to create open textbooks. Robin spoke about her experiences working with students to developKeep reading “Best Practices: Making Open Textbooks With Students”

Next Office Hours: Peer Review for Open Textbooks 

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Open Textbook Network & Rebus Community Host Office Hours Wednesday, March 29, 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST Guest Speakers: Karen Lauritsen, Open Textbook Network; Daniel Williamson, OpenStax; Jon Udell, Hypothes.is; Deb Quentel, CALI; and Hugh McGuire, Rebus Foundation What should peer review look like for open textbooks? Guest speakers Karen Lauritsen of Open TextbookKeep reading “Next Office Hours: Peer Review for Open Textbooks “

Office Hours Video: Recruiting Open Textbook Authors

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In our February Office Hours session, we talked about Recruiting Authors for Open Textbooks with guest speakers Kevin Ahern, Oregon State University; Karen Bjork, Portland State University; Caitie Finlayson, University of Mary Washington; and Amy Hofer, Open Oregon. Guests included both faculty authors and open textbook program managers. The conversation covered tenure, promotion, stipends andKeep reading “Office Hours Video: Recruiting Open Textbook Authors”

Welcome our two new section editors for Introduction to Philosophy

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From a glimmer in the eye of lead editor Christina Hendricks, the Introduction to Philosophy project has grown quickly, with a team of around 20 collaborators working to clarify the approach to and scope of the project. The team have developed a draft table of contents, with seven initial sections to be covered; Metaphysics, Epistemology,Keep reading “Welcome our two new section editors for Introduction to Philosophy”

History of Science and Technology Open Textbook needs you!

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The Rebus Community is building a new collaborative model for open academic & textbook publishing, and we’re always looking for forward-thinking academics, students and citizens to come help us reimagine publishing. Right now, we are looking for contributors of short sections to a new (open) History of Science and Technology textbook. Would you, or someoneKeep reading “History of Science and Technology Open Textbook needs you!”

Open is More Than A License: Why File Formats Matter for Revising & Remixing

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I once wrote a 2500-word essay on why PDFs are terrible, so it’s safe to say that I have some thoughts about file formats (and also that I’m great fun at the right kind of parties). However, it’s also safe to say that not many people give file formats as much thought as I do.Keep reading “Open is More Than A License: Why File Formats Matter for Revising & Remixing”

Mellon Foundation grant funds Rebus prototype for a digital reader

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The Rebus Foundation will research and prototype an open, web-based scholarly reading system, supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The US$75,000, one-year grant will enable a team to focus on an open web-book platform that prioritizes the needs of scholarly readers. Close scholarly reading of texts requires readers to process multipleKeep reading “Mellon Foundation grant funds Rebus prototype for a digital reader”

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