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Project Updates & Recruitment

Overview

The Rebus Community is made up of hundreds of fantastic OER advocates, many of whom are ready and willing to join a new project, support an existing one, and always ready to help spread the word to help find contributors.

For the projects participating in our beta trial of this platform, we want to help you by connecting you to this community!

If you have a project update you’d like to send out, or you’re actively looking for collaborators, please post here to let us know, and we’ll include your call in our next newsletter, and give it some airtime in our social media channels.

All we need from you is a short blurb, and a link to your project and/or the activity you’re promoting. Can’t wait to hear from you!

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Team

Zoe Wake Hyde

Coordinator

Cathie LeBlanc

Contributor

Apurva Ashok

Coordinator

20 Comments

  1. Hi Zoe,

    Is this the kind of thing you are looking for? Or do you think more information is needed?

    This set of readings was created for the required First Year Seminar for students at Plymouth State University but the readings have broad appeal for first year college students at other institutions. The topics covered include the importance of general education, habits of mind to be fostered during college, working on wicked problems, the design thinking process for project development, the value of interdisciplinarity, and information literacy in a digital world. https://projects.rebus.community/project/fKhThe3Toc1vL5Xdcn2Vta/first-year-seminar-readings

    Thanks,

    Cathie

  2. Hi Cathie - looking good so far! I’d also add a bit about the work you want to do to revise & expand the text over the summer, like in the description you shared in your application.

  3. Zoe,

    I’d also appreciate feedback on my blurb. Will this work.

    We are currently seeking peer reviewers for our book Research Methods in Psychology: 3rd American Edition. The book is written for an undergraduate audience but has also been successfully used in graduate-level courses. It includes introductory chapters that introduce the science of psychology, review the steps of the scientific method, discuss research ethics, and describe various measurement concepts (e.g., reliability, validity, operational definitions). With this foundation in place the book progresses to experimental designs, non-experimental designs (correlational and observational research), survey research, quasi-experimental designs, factorial designs, and single-subject designs. For each class of research, various designs are presented along with the strengths and limitations of each and practical considerations are discussed. The book concludes with chapters on presenting research, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics. While we consider this to be a fairly mature OER (now in its 3rd edition with contributions from several experts in the field) we are hoping to get outside feedback to further improve the book. We also want to call attention to this new edition for people seeking an open textbook for their research methods courses.

  4. Looks great, Carrie! When you get to creating the peer review activity, be sure to add who you’re looking for as reviewers/what qualifications they should have, but I think this is ok for now. Thanks!

  5. I want to create materials and community applying Universal Design for Learning principles to open the doors of mathematics to adult learners for whom learning math is a significant barrier in their lives and/or careers.

    In my work at The New Community School, a middle/secondary college-preparatory school for students with specific language learning disorders, I saw that carefully constructed materials with multisensory (visual, auditory and kinesthetic) reinforcement and practice could enable students to learn math well and deeply. Advances in technology make it possible to scale and share these ideas.

    I think the OER community can create and disseminate interactive, multisensory OER to open doors of opportunity, whether for evolving “career certificates” or already established adult education credentials. Whether it's lessons using manipulatives (especially in rural areas or correctional institutions where internet access is limited) or interactive OER at sites such as geogebra.org , there is so much potential for reaching the adult basic education community.

    Yes, this has to be more than a “textbook.” I’ll need a team :) I’d like to start with my college’s “Transition” textbook (I’ve adaped and shared the first chapter as OER at oercommons.org). I’d like to incorporate activities from Geogebra which I’ve been learning to work with.

    I’d like to create a small module with UDL elements … and then keep building. Sometimes the “universal” design will mean having several options for representation rather than one presentation trying to provide everything, because learners will have different cognitive strengths from which to build.

    To make the project approach it’s potential, I’ll need technical help designing accessible online activities. I would like collaboration from other teachers, especially those who teach students with disabilities. I’d most like help with managing the project and … figuring out whom to ask for help, at my institution and out in the OER community.

    I’m thinking this is long? I’m also going on vacation next week…

    … except … it might “clarify” to say that I want to stress activities w/ different kinds of retrieval and interaction per http://www.learningscientists.org/downloadable-materials and the “make it stick” book that math people are reading and discussing this summer…

  6. Zoe,

    I thought I created the Peer Review activity. Did I do something incorrectly?

    Carrie

  7. Is the following ok? Thanks a lot

    Boosting Evolutionary Game Theory with Computer Simulation!

    Evolutionary Game Theory is a fascinating discipline that studies the evolution of populations of individuals whose decisions are interdependent (i.e. situations where the outcome of the interaction for any individual generally depends not only on her own choices, but also on the choices made by every other individual). The discipline has countless applications that range from network routing to resource management, passing through evolutionary biology and international relations, to mention only a few.

    We believe that Evolutionary Game Theory can benefit a lot from using both mathematical analysis and computer simulation, and we have started writing a book to show how these two approaches can be employed synergistically. The title of our book is “Agent-based Evolutionary Game Dynamics”, and it is meant to be a guide to implement and analyze Agent-Based Models within the framework of Evolutionary Game Theory, using NetLogo.

    The first chapters of the book are available at https://wisc.pb.unizin.org/agent-based-evolutionary-game-dynamics/. We are very interested in comments, critiques and suggestions from anyone. If you are not an expert in Evolutionary Game Theory and in computer programming, that’s perfect, since this book is written for you, so we would love to hear your comments!

  8. Here’s our blurb!

    LGBTQ+ Studies: a primer will be an introductory level OER LGBTQ+ Studies text. The few textbooks in this area tend to lack a social science perspective, focusing instead on the humanities and the arts. This project will address contemporary LGBTQ social issues from the perspective of the social sciences — sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology, and the human services. In addition to the main text, the goal of the project is to create OER video introductions to key theorists and their work in LGBTQ studies. 

  9. Phew! Thanks everyone for sharing your blurbs! In response to specific posts:

    @Luis - Looks great, I think you’re all set.

    @Carrie - Not at all! You’re just one step ahead of me, I see it there. Sorry for the oversight.

    @Susan - Yours may be a bit long - do you maybe want to take another shot at it? We will be linking to the project info page as well, so the extra info can live there. The blurb can just hit the major points: what it is and what help you need. Let me know if you’d like a hand editing :) And no worries that you’ll be away next week, we may not end up sending this out until next week anyway at the moment as we await a few more blurbs.

    @Allison - Thank you! Added to the list :)

  10. The California Community Colleges Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP) developed a 24 unit lower-division program of study supporting early care and education teacher preparation. Eight courses create the foundational core for all early care and education professionals at both the 2 and 4 year levels. Currently very little OER materials exist in the Early Childhood Education field of study despite the growing need for early childhood educators from birth - 3rd grade. This project hopes to gather discipline experts to contribute to concepts directly related to the 8 courses listed below. The Early Childhood Education courses of study span a vast realm of discipline expertise. Through the Rebus platform it is our goal to gather experts in specific concepts to write and contribute to complete OER books.

    1. Child Growth and Development

    2. Child, Family and Community

    3. Introduction to Curriculum

    4. Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children

    5. Observation and Assessment

    6. Health, Safety and Nutrition

    7. Teaching in a Diverse Society

    8. Practicum

  11. Hi all! Thanks so much for being prompt with your blurbs, but we have a couple outstanding that we’d like to keep grouped together, so it looks like we may bump the announcement by a week, sorry. Please take the chance to refine anything you’ve written so far, and if you haven’t yet set up any activities or discussion on your project, you could take the chance to do so. If you’re not sure what’s useful at the moment, a project updates discussion thread and one for volunteer intros is a good place to start and I’ll be happy to help with this if you like.

    I’m also looking at setting our next call/drop in for next Friday at 12pm ET, but will follow up in an email to confirm (so the word gets to anyone who hasn’t yet joined us on the platform). This session will focus on activities & recruitment. Talk soon!

  12. I’m baaaack — a bit sunburned and mosquitoed — How’s this look for trimming about in half?

    I want to create materials and community applying Universal Design for Learning principles to open the doors of mathematics to adult learners for whom learning math is a significant barrier in their lives and/or careers.

    I think the OER community can create and disseminate interactive, multisensory OER to open doors of opportunity, whether for evolving “career certificates” or already established adult education credentials. Whether using manipulatives (especially in rural areas or correctional institutions where internet access is limited) or interactive OER at sites such as geogebra.org , there is much untapped potential for reaching the cognitively diverse adult basic education community.   

    I’d like to create a small module with UDL elements which will mean having several options for representation and expression because learners will have different strengths from which to bild. 

    I’ll need technical help designing accessible online activities and collaboration from other teachers, especially those working with students with disabilities.   Most importantly, I’ll need help managing the project and getting it beyond my one-student-at-a-time perspective and out to a larger scale.  

  13. Welcome back, Susan! Hope you had a great break. And looking good on the blurb, thanks for updating it :)

  14. Marking OER Courses: Best Practices and Case Studies will expand the “Texas Toolkit for OER Course Markings” to help higher education institutions implement course marking solutions for open or affordable educational resources. Our goal is to create a practical guide that summarizes relevant state legislation, provides tips for working with stakeholders, analyzes technological considerations, and more!  The editors are currently seeking case studies and stakeholder stories from individuals at institutions that have implemented such markings or are in the process of doing so. We’re also seeking section leaders to work closely with the editors to develop each chapter outlined on our project site.

  15. Hi, Zoe. Does this look alright?

    Working title: Music Theory Tutorial

    Music Theory Tutorial was originally designed as an online remedial program to be used by incoming transfer students to the University of California, Santa Barbara Music Department. In its current state, the textbook consists of twenty-eight modular chapters with exercises and end-of-chapter tests. The book begins with rudimentary lessons on material typically covered at the beginning of an undergraduate music major's first semester of theory (notation, rhythm, meter, scales, etc.) and concludes with concepts commonly found in third-semester courses (chromatic harmony, harmonic function, etc.). Despite its intended purpose, the breadth of content covered therein makes this book suitable for use as the primary textbook for first-, second-, and third-semester music theory courses in a wide range of music departments, schools, and conservatories. It could also be used in introductory classes for non-majors or by individuals outside of traditional music programs for self-paced study.

    The text is more or less complete at this stage but there is room for improvement. I am seeking input from peer-reviewers on two fronts. First, several of the chapters use a somewhat esoteric approach in their presentation of the material. It would be beneficial to know whether or not members of the music theory community feel that these chapters should be modified at all to make the book more widely useful. Second, although the modular nature of the text is one of its strengths, feedback regarding the sequencing of chapters and the cohesiveness of the text as a whole would likewise be very helpful

  16. @Andre - looks great! Thanks for sharing this so quickly :)

    @Michelle - thanks to you as well for submitting this in good time! And very cool to see your activities all set up - nice work.

  17. Programming Fundamentals – A Modular Structured Approach, 2nd Edition

    If you teach an introductory programming course in any programming language, your contributions are needed to make this free textbook as widely inclusive, accessible, and available as possible!

    The original content for this book was written specifically for a course based on C++. The goal for this second edition is to make it programming-language neutral, so that it may serve as an introductory programming textbook for students using any of a variety of programming languages, including C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Python, and others.

    Programming concepts are introduced generically, with logic demonstrated in pseudocode and flowchart form, followed by examples for different programming languages. Emphasis is placed on a modular, structured approach that supports reuse, maintenance, and self-documenting code.

    We are seeking contributors and peer reviewers for all programming languages. Learn more and Join us at: https://projects.rebus.community/project/sqanAVjtsAt64bFwELcQes/programming-fundamentals

  18. Thanks Dave!

  19. Hi everyone! Hope you’re all keeping well.

    I know we missed our chat last week on making a call for contributors, but we’re putting our newsletter together and would love to start highlighting some specific projects to drive more people your way. While we’ve shared a general announcement of your projects, we expect to have more of an impact when we highlight a couple of projects at a time with more specific requests for help.

    If you’d like to be included, please share a couple of sentences we can use to get people interested, and we’ll link directly to the project for more info. You could target a specific activity (or a few activities), or just ask for interest in the project - up to you!

    Please let me know if you want to have something in the newsletter by end of day tomorrow (Wednesday) and we'll be sure to include it. Thanks!

  20. We’ve finished our call for proposals. Please share! Full text is here and posted to our project site: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Te9gy6wCaL9nF8IlZk6ZEl567IPV6YKw/view