You are invited to participate in this study about Educational Developers and open education practices in BC higher education. This research is being conducted by Dr. Tannis Morgan, Researcher in Open Education at BCcampus and Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning & Innovation at JIBC. Dr. Morgan can be contacted at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at [778-991-6246]. Alternatively, you can contact Dr. Greg Anderson, Dean of the Office of Applied Research and Graduate Studies at JIBC at [email@example.com].
You can participate in this survey if:
- if you are or aren’t engaging in OEP in your role or at your institution
- You work in a post-secondary institution in BC or the Yukon in a role that supports faculty in their teaching (Educational Developer, see definition below)
Who are Educational Developers?
Educational Developers are people who work in the institution to support faculty in their teaching. This may include (but not be limited to) job titles such as:
· Instructional designer
· Learning designer
· Curriculum developer
· Educational technologist
· Program Coordinator/Manager
· Teaching and Learning Centre staff or administrator
What are Open Education Practices?
For the purposes of this study, Open Education Practices (OEP) are: Creation and/or use of open educational resources; adoption of open pedagogies; use of open source and/or free software and tools; and/or open sharing of scholarly practice and knowledge with others.
This may include (but are not limited to):
· Designing with an “open first” mindset
· Considering creating, adapting or adopting open textbooks, courses, resources
· Helping faculty or programs consider open textbooks for adoption, adaption or creation
· Helping faculty find open education resources (OER) to use in their courses
· Designing or helping faculty innovate or incorporate open pedagogies in their courses
· Considering or experimenting with open technologies or technologies that facilitate open practices
Importance, Purpose, and Objectives
The purpose of this study is to explore the extent to which educational developers are or aren’t incorporating OEP in the course development process or in working with faculty more broadly. This study is framed by the following research questions:
1. To what extent are educational developers engaging with OEP in their institutions?
- What are the facilitators?
- What are the barriers?
2. How do ed developers think they could be better supported to engage with OEP?
3. Who are the people driving OEP at their institution?
4. What are the ways that can help create awareness of OEP at their institution?
What is involved
If you consent to voluntarily participate in this research, you will be taken to an online survey consisting of 14 questions. The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Responses are confidential and you or your institution will not be identifiable as a result of completing the survey. Upon completion of the survey, if you would like to be entered into a draw to win a $50 gift card, you can click on a link to be taken to a separate form.
Inconvenience, Risks, and Benefits
Participation in this study should cause minimal inconvenience to you. Aside from offering your time and willingness to participate, I do not foresee any additional inconveniences. There are no known or anticipated risks to you by participating in this research.
The potential benefits of your participation in this research include a better understanding of the extent to which open educational practices are being implemented in higher education in the course development process and in working with faculty. By understanding OEP in relation to the role of educational developers, I am interested in knowing how you could be better supported to work with OEP at your institution and what needs to be in place for that to happen. This will also better inform how BCcampus, the post-secondary sector, and institutions can direct resources and efforts to supporting people who work with faculty.
Voluntary Participation and On-going Consent
Your participation in this research must be completely voluntary. If you do decide to participate, you may withdraw at any time without any consequences or explanation. If you withdraw from the study, then your survey responses will not be included in the data set for analysis. Incomplete surveys will be treated as withdrawals.
Researcher’s Relationship with Participants
The researcher will not be able to identify participants who choose to participate in the online survey. To be eligible for a draw for a gift card, participants will need to provide an email address, but this will be unlinked to the survey responses.
The principle researcher will protect access to your data. In terms of protecting your anonymity, you will not be asked to provide any personal information as part of the data collection or analysis process.
Your confidentiality and the confidentiality of the data will be protected by keeping this data stored on an encrypted hard drive.
Dissemination of Results
It is anticipated that the results of this study will be shared with others through website, research papers, as well conference presentations or posters. All forms of research publications will be released with a Creative Commons license to ensure broader access to the knowledge produced as a result.
Use and Disposal of Data
Data from this study will be disposed of seven years after the study is completed. The data will be held for seven years in case a changing landscape prompts the need to re-examine the findings.
Individuals that may be contacted regarding this study include Dr. Tannis Morgan (principal investigator) and Dr. Greg Anderson (Dean of Office of Applied Research and Graduate Studies at JIBC). Contact information for these individuals can be found on the first page of this consent form. In addition, you may verify the ethical approval of this study, or raise any concerns you might have, by contacting the Chair of the Research Ethics Committee at JIBC [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Below, please indicate whether you consent or don’t consent to participate. By completing this step, you are indicating that you understand the above conditions of participation in this study, that you have had the opportunity to have your questions answered by the researchers, and that you consent to participate in this research study.