OER Study Looking for Faculty Participants

Danielle Paradis, a graduate student at Royal Roads University, is conducting a survey as a requirement for her Master of Arts in Education and Technology degree.  The purpose of the study is to examine the experiences of instructors in the adoption of open textbooks.  She is looking for faculty members who have taught from or adopted an open textbook who would be willing to be interviewed.

Open Educational Resources have been defined by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as, “teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.”

Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge”. Instructors and librarians can provide very insightful information about their experiences with the implementation of open education resources. With your help, we can gain insight into OER and open textbook adoption practices.

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to participate in an interview (which will take approximately 60-90 minutes and will be recorded. Participants have the option of selecting either video or voice chat) regarding your experiences and opinions about OER implementation. The identifying information you provide will be kept confidential. Neither your name nor any identifying information will be published, nor will anyone else be able to see your answers. Danielle will be asking you to respond as an individual, not as a representative of your institution.

As a participant, you are free to stop the interview at any time. If you decide to before, during, or after the semi-structured interview, your qualitative data will not be included in the study results. If you wish to withdraw from the study during or after they have given the interview, your interview responses and other data obtained during the interview will not be included in the research findings, and will be securely destroyed.

Shortly after the interview has been completed, Danielle will send you a copy of the transcript to give you an opportunity to confirm the accuracy of our conversation and to add or clarify any points. After completing the interview there will be a debrief letter and contact information should you wish to ask questions of request the results of the research.

Data collected during this study will be retained for up to two years in secure storage to which only the principal researcher associated with this project will have access. There are no known or anticipated risks to you as a participant in this study.

If you would like more information about the research, or to be made aware of the results of the research, please contact Danielle Paradis at Danielle.paradis@royalroads.ca

Danielle’s credentials with Royal Roads University can be established by contacting her supervisor, David Porter, at 604.412.7734

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