Transforming education through open

Rebus Community is the open education and professional development arm of The Rebus Foundation, a global non-profit and Canadian registered charity working to make knowledge freely available in the pursuit of equity, understanding, and the common good. With our work, Rebus Community seeks to build a movement of leaders leveraging OER to transform higher education. Rebus’ focus on collaboration and equity within the higher education community is in service of developing an inclusive field that is responsive to diverse educators and learners.

As an organization, we have always been dedicated to building a new, collaborative model for open resource creation in partnership with the OER community. Infused in this model are our core values around collaboration, community, equity, care, and respect. By keeping these core values in mind throughout all our approaches, Rebus strives to promote a supportive culture and education system that centers student experience and learning. We believe this focus is critical to creating & implementing valuable resources, and can have impacts beyond a single resource, individual, classroom, or institution. We hope you will join us in building this future!


  • [The Textbook Success Program] is an excellent opportunity to create inclusive open access to education for all. For far too long. economic social systems have been in place to exclude women and BIPOC individuals from equitable access to education. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this program that will help to remove some of these barriers

    Jennifer Blanchard Instructor, Louisiana State University
  • I applaud The Rebus Foundation and its mission in developing a collaborative model for producing and scaling high quality, open educational resources (specifically textbooks). Rebus' attention and groundbreaking contributions create more educational access and equity for students and gives them more opportunities to take more classes, be more successful, and complete their educational goals faster. My experience working with the Rebus Community has been fantastic from start to finish! Project managers paid great attention to detail, checked in with me on a regular basis, and were extremely responsive to my questions, concerns, and timeline. Contributors from all over the U.S. and Canada volunteered their time to add quality, expertise, suggestions, and constructive criticism. When completed, the College Success OER textbooks I was curating and developing will have gone through two rigorous rounds of peer review, an accessibility review, and development of an index and glossary. I cannot thank Rebus enough. It has truly been a tremendous experience working with them and I appreciate all of their assistance.

    Dave Dillon Professor of Counseling, Grossmont College
  • 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.

    Ann Ludbrook Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Ryerson University
  • 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.

    Virginia Sisson Instructional Professor of Geology, Director of Summer Field Geology, Co-director of Geoscience Learning Center, University of Houston
  • 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!

    Michael Polgar Associate Professor of Sociology, Penn State Hazleton, Pennsylvania State University

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  • 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.

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