Category: Open Textbook Projects

Call for Contributors: A Guide to Authoring Open Textbooks

Are you an open textbook champion who wants to help others by sharing your experience producing open textbooks? Melissa Falldin of the University of Minnesota and Karen Lauritsen of the Open Textbook Network are producing a guide to authoring open textbooks and they’re looking for contributors.

The guide will be for authors or project managers/librarians working with faculty authors who want to write an open textbook.

Currently the editors are seeking authors for two chapters; Institutional Considerations and Writing Recommendations (see the project page for a full description). The project in progress is a first-edition release. Once it is complete and published, the authors will seek feedback to inform future iterations.

Interested in helping? You can let us know by doing the following:

  1. Read the project page in the Rebus Community forum.
  2. Register for the forum and reply to the authors with your interest.

Or, if you have more questions, you can also email contact@rebus.community.

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Call for Contributors: Foundations of Biology

Would you like to help create an Open textbook for biology survey courses at community colleges?

“Foundations of Biology” is being led by a group of authors at Greenfield Community College who are looking to adapt two OpenStax textbooks (Biology and Concepts of Biology) to create a version suitable for the mixed groups that are taught in a community college setting. The project is one of a handful of Open Textbooks being created with the support of the Rebus Community for Open Textbook Creation.

We’re looking for people to help with getting the existing OpenStax texts into the Rebus Community Press (which means some Pressbooks wrangling), checking accessibility requirements and proofreading.

Interested in helping? You can let us know by doing the following:

  1. Read the project page in the Rebus Community forum.
  2. Register for the forum and reply with your interest.

Or, if you have more questions, you can also email contact@rebus.community.

Call for Contributors: History of Applied Science and Technology

Would you like to help create and publish an Open Textbook designed to meet the needs of History of Applied Science and Technology courses at colleges and universities around the world?

“Into the Unknown: Technology, Science, and Their Impact on Society” is in development by lead editors and authors at the University of Maryland University College and the University of North Dakota, and is looking for contributors. “Into the Unknown” is one of a handful of Open Textbook projects being undertaken with the support of the Rebus Community for Open Textbook Creation.

The editors are looking for chapter contributors on a range of topics — see the précis for the full outline. Chapters will be organized around the theme of the transformative impact of technological and epistemological changes on worldview and human behavior as they relate to everyday life and global choices.

Rebus will also be looking for volunteers for tasks from reviewing to proofreading in future.

Interested in helping? You can let us know by doing the following:

  1. Read the project page in the Rebus Community forum.
  2. Register and reply with your interest.

Or, if you have more questions, you can also email contact@rebus.community.

Call for Open Textbook Editor: The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature

Would you like to help create and publish an Open Textbook and at the same time contribute to developing a new, collaborative model for publishing Open Textbooks?

The Rebus Community is looking for someone to join “The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature” as lead editor. The editor should be either faculty or a Ph.D. student in Early American Studies or a related field.

The Anthology is one of a handful of Open Textbook projects being undertaken with the support of the Rebus Community for Open Textbook Creation. Support will be offered in the form of finding contributors and coordinating the different tasks in the publishing process (e.g. proofreading, formatting, reviewing, marketing etc.).

Expectations:

Unlike a traditional managing editor, this role will be the guiding academic voice on the project, but much of the project management work will be handled by the Rebus team, and the work of editing will be shared with collaborators.

What we ask of the lead editor is to:

  • Lead the TOC creation & guide development strategy (possibly in collaboration with others).
  • Tap into their network to help find introduction authors & other contributors.
  • Curate appropriate public-domain literature texts for inclusion.
  • Collect, edit & review introductions (in collaboration with other editors).
  • Help spread the word once the project is completed & encourage adoptions.

Are you interested in becoming the Anthology’s new editor? Let us know by doing the following:

  1. Read the project summary in the Rebus Community forum, then sign up and “Reply” with any questions you have
  2. Email zoe@rebus.community to register your interest in the role

We look forward to hearing from you!

Call for Open Textbook contributions: An Introduction to Philosophy

Would you like to help create and publish an Open Textbook, An Introduction to Philosophy,” and at the same time contribute to developing a new, collaborative model for publishing Open Textbooks?

“An Introduction to Philosophy”, in development by lead author Christina Hendricks (University of British Columbia), is one of a handful of Open Textbook projects being undertaken with the support of the Rebus Community for Open Textbook Creation*.

We’re looking for people to volunteer time, with a variety of tasks envisaged, from chapter contributions, to proofreading and a host of other things. There will be space for everyone from tenured faculty to students to the general public to participate in the project, though chapters will be written by faculty or graduate students (preferably PhD students) in Philosophy.

Interested in helping? You can let us know by doing the following:

  1. Register at the Rebus Community, here:
    https://forum.rebus.community
  2. Read the Project page, and “Reply” with your interest here:
    https://forum.rebus.community/topic/56/introduction-to-philosophy-lead-author-christina-hendricks

Or, if you have more questions you could send an email to: hugh@rebus.foundation .