As a community of practice, the Rebus Community helps educational institutions build human capacity through open educational resources (OER) publishing and professional development. Our work and collaborations have resonated with educators from a wide variety of contexts including two and four year colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, and concurrent enrollment high school programs.
Notably, Rebus has supported a total of 119 open publishing projects within the past few years. Through the Textbook Support Program, we have established 12 cohorts of faculty members, program leads, and other open textbook creators that completed 86 of these open publishing projects.
Rebus has worked with more than 100 partners spanning the United States and Canada on several different projects. These partners include the University System of Maryland, the University of Houston, Campus Manitoba, Brandon University, the City University of New York, the Midwestern Higher Education Communion, the Idaho State Board of Education, Penn State University, the State University of New York, the Open Education Network, and many more.
We are grateful for the support and generous funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a leader in philanthropic support for education, environment, and global development.
When collaborating on our initiatives and programs, we work with individuals holding a variety of roles at the institutions they represent. For example, we have experience working with curriculum developers, deans, accessibility service coordinators, and instructional designers in addition to librarians, OER coordinators, faculty members, and others. To make this collaboration as seamless as possible, we have a total of six alumni facilitators who provide guidance based on their experiences working with us on their own projects.
For faculty and institutional staff that require an introduction to OER, Rebus Community offers a webinar series customized to organizations’ unique needs. We have completed a total of three webinar series that have reached 973 registrants. In partnership with the Open Education Network, Rebus also offers a monthly webinar series called Office Hours. Office hours features guest speakers and a Q&A session to address tough topics in open textbook publishing and community engagement. So far, we have held 56 OER Office Hours webinars with 2,086 registrants and 142 speakers.