Support for Collaborative Open Publishing
Rebus Community is an initiative of the Rebus Foundation, a Canadian registered charity. We support a model of publishing that is collaborative, efficient, and open. Our activities include:
- The Rebus Guide to Publishing Open Textbooks (So Far): A step-by-step guide to creating open textbooks in a collaborative way.
- The Textbook Success Program: A professional development package for creators of open educational resources
- Open Publishing Software: A project home for your open textbook. Share news, find contributors, publish books.
To use Rebus Community’s platform for your open textbook project, create a free account and set up a project page. Next, populate your space with topics relevant to your team, post a call for participation in the Contributor Marketplace, and check out Help & Questions to access the experienced minds of the greater OER community. All of the above activities are free and open.Start now
Thank you so much for sending the book out into the open! I just cannot thank Apurva and Zoe and all the Rebus community for all the help and support you provided throughout this process. It has been by far and away the very best publishing experience I've ever had in my 20+ year career.
You can't imagine the pride that my students and I feel knowing that our initial work was the seed that led to the emergence of what will be such a game-changing text. There is nothing in my career I feel prouder of being a part of than the Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature, and I am so grateful to the current editors and team at Rebus for taking our small idea and growing it so beautifully: What a wonderful example of the open community at work!
Rebus Community has been central to our ability to have worldwide participation in our textbook project. As well they had the ability to find reviewers for us that we would not have been able to find through our own channels. Their role has been crucial to the ongoing success of our project.
If you want your open access material to be more than just a resource for your specific class, then the Textbook Success Program will give you the skills to move beyond your classroom. Some of the material seems daunting but the end result of our efforts will now be much better after going through this program. Also, all open access texts will benefit from the higher quality of material that this program promotes. The cross-disciplinary nature of our cohort helped make us realize that we are all in this together to improve education.
The Textbook Success Program is a fantastic way for individuals and teams to learn about the process of creating, sharing, and improving instructional materials. Information about book-production and distribution is helpful to both novice and experienced writers, editors, adopters, and adapters of educational resources. Thanks for sharing a collaborative community of educational practice with us!
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Earlier this month, we embarked on a series of software related changes to simplify and improve the user experience on the Rebus Community forum. We’re pleased to announce that these changes are now complete! We’ve simplified our web presence so you can now visit rebus.community as a one-stop hub to get all the latest newsKeep reading "Rebus Community Software: Update"Read On
Changes will be taking place to the Rebus Community software from September 1-10 2022. Keep reading to learn more. We are writing to inform you of changes to Rebus Community’s forum in the coming weeks. If you’ve followed our work closely, you’ll know that Rebus hosts and offers a free tool to promote the workKeep reading "Upcoming Changes to Rebus Community software"Read On
We are pleased to announce the publication of a new resource for faculty and staff interested in starting or leading OER efforts at their institutions: The OER Starter Kit for Program Managers! Following The OER Starter Kit, which supports those new to Open Education who want to learn more about OER, The OER Starter KitKeep reading "Launching The OER Starter Kit for Program Managers!"Read On