Month: February 2018

New OT project: Northern & Indigenous Health and Healthcare

Rebus is pleased to announce a new open textbook project on Northern and Indigenous Health and Healthcare to be launched in August 2018. This textbook is organized and edited by Dr. Heather Exner-Pirot and the University of the Arctic Thematic Network on Northern Nursing Education.

The provision of northern health care entails many unique challenges and circumstances that are rarely represented in mainstream health sciences education. The Northern and Indigenous Health and Healthcare open textbook seeks to fill this void. It contains 40 short chapters from a variety of experts, academics, and practitioners from across the eight circumpolar countries on five themes:

  • Health issues in northern and Indigenous communities
  • Health systems and governance
  • The social determinants of health in northern and Indigenous communities
  • Culture and health
  • Professional practice in rural/remote/isolated communities

Head to the Rebus Community forum or contact Heather for more information and ways to contribute!

Contribute a chapter or section to the History of Applied Science and Technology open textbook

We are seeking chapter contributions (7,000-9,000 words) and section contributions (roughly 1,000 words) on a range of topics for the first volume of the History of Applied Science and Technology open textbook, led by Danielle Skjelver (UMUC).

Authors should have experience teaching first-year history courses, as the text is aimed at first-year undergraduate students. We are currently looking for authors for the following chapters and sections:

  • Egyptian and Babylonian Science before 500 BCE (~1,000 words)
  • Doing History (primary source section) before 500 BCE (500-1,000 words including source text)
  • Greek World 500 BCE-500 CE (~1,000 words)
  • North Africa 500 BCE-500 CE (~1,000 words)
  • Oceania 500 BCE-500 CE (~1,000 words)
  • Doing History 500 BCE-500 CE (500-1,000 words including source text)
  • Golden Age of Islam 500-1400 CE (7-9,000 words)

If you’re interested in participating, please contact Danielle Skjelver and include details of your teaching and research experience. We welcome contributions from faculty and Ph.D. students (ABD), and encourage interest and contributions from members of underrepresented groups within the history community.

Call for Chapter Contributions on Metaphysics, Behaviorism, and Materialism

We are seeking chapter contributions of 2,000-3,000 words (8-10 pages double-spaced) on a range of topics within metaphysics and philosophy of mind for the Introduction to Philosophy open textbook, edited by Christina Hendricks (UBC). We encourage interest and contributions from members of underrepresented groups within the philosophical community.

Philosophy of Mind

We are looking for one or two chapter contributions on the subjects of behaviorism and materialism (identity theory of the mind)Chapters should be written for a smart undergraduate student population being exposed to philosophy of mind for the first time. Send a CV and a short paragraph of your experience in teaching philosophy of mind to Heather Salazar at with the subject heading “Phil Mind Open Text.”


Authors are needed for the following chapters (descriptions available):

  • Finitism, infinitism, monism, dualism, pluralism (Counting 1)
  • Case study: what if anything are numbers? (Counting 2)
  • Case study: metaphysics on a human scale asks whether there is free action
  • Case study: what are universals?
  • Notes on methods: is there an experimental metaphysics?
  • The difficult contacts between religious and physicalistic metaphysics
  • Topics for further study

Please send a CV, including details of your teaching and research experience, to Palma Adriano, and copy Apurva Ashok.

Updates: Open Digital Citizenship Toolkit, February Office Hours & more

Open Digital Citizenship Toolkit: Chapter Reviewers Needed

The Rebus Community is supporting the creation of a Digital Citizenship open textbook out of Ryerson University. The Digital Citizenship Toolkit includes a student workbook and a faculty support book. The textbook will help students develop a higher-level critical lens through which to navigate the digital realm, while the faculty support book will teach faculty how to integrate digital literacy concepts into an already existing course. To find out more about the project, head to the Rebus Community forum.

Currently, we are looking for chapter reviewers for the student workbook. Each section is approximately 4,000-6,000 words. If you’re interested in acting as a reviewer, please sign up on the forum thread, letting us know a bit about experience and which chapter you would be interested in reviewing. The list of chapters is available on the project homepage.

Catch the Recap: Adapting Open Textbooks

In January’s Office Hours event from Open Textbook Network & Rebus Community, faculty and staff who have adapted open textbooks discussed their process, insights, and recommendations for others considering adapting an open textbook for their course. Watch the video recording, or read a summary.

Join Us for the Next Office Hours with the Open Textbook Network and Rebus Community!

February: Barriers to Open Textbook Adoption: Common Questions and Concerns Explained

When: February 21, 2018, 2 p.m. PST /  5 p.m. EST

Guest speakers: Jasmine Roberts, Strategic Communication Lecturer, The Ohio State University; Sarah Cohen, Managing Director, Open Textbook Network; and others TBD

Open textbooks reduce the costs of attending college and increase access to knowledge. Still, they have their (vocal) detractors. In this session, experts will dissect common arguments for and against using open textbooks, and discuss ways to overcome these objections in the higher ed landscape.

RSVP for the session.