Appendix B

Appendix B Consent Forms Letter of Invitation for Research Participants

 

Dear  ____________________  :

I am conducting a survey as a requirement for my Master of Arts in Education and Technology degree at Royal Roads University. The purpose of the study is to examine the experiences of instructors in the adoption of Open Textbooks or other Open Educational Resources (OER).

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) regarding your experiences and opinions about OER implementation. The information you provide will be kept confidential. Neither your name or any identifying information will be published, nor will anyone else be able to see your answers. I will be asking you to respond as an individual, not as a representative of your institution.

If you would like more information about the research, or to be made aware of the results, please contact Danielle Paradis at _____. Thank you for your time and I look forward to your involvement.

Pre-interview informed consent information

 

Adapted from Guidelines from Health Canada (n.d) To Obtain Consent of Individuals Over 18 years of Age:

You have been asked to participate in a research study investigating the experiences you have had during the implementation of OER.

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to participate in a semi-structured interview via a communication tool such as Skype or Google Hangout. The information will be recorded using a computer-recording device.

This study will involve minimal risk of discomfort. The probability of harm and discomfort are unlikely to be greater than your other daily life encounters. Risks may include emotional discomfort from answering survey questions or interview questions.

  • You will not directly benefit from participating in this survey although indirect benefits will include elevating our understanding the experiences that educators face implementing OER.
  • You are free to cancel the participation at anytime during this interview just provide a verbal withdrawal.
  • Although the findings of the study will be published, no identifiable information will be included about individual participants
  • There is no compensation offered for participation of this survey.

Please confirm that your consent is being given voluntarily. You may refuse to participate in the survey, or any part of the study. If you chose to participate in the study you may withdraw consent at any time without negative impact on your relations with Royal Roads University or any other participating institutions or agencies. You will receive a signed copy of this consent form for your records.

Before we begin, do you have any questions?

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