Appendix A Tweets
Campus [Campus]. (2013, Dec 12). We’ve heard from students about using open textbooks, but what’s it like for #PSE educators & librarians? #opened | Campus… [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/BCcampus/status/411266798097813504
Allende, C. [clintlalonde]. (2013, Dec 12). Calling open textbook advocates: @ebooks_dani wants to speak with you http://t.co/SUD792bxS8 [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/clintlalonde/status/411194382511902722
Lalonde, C. [clintlalonde]. (2013, Dec 06). Educators & librarians who have been involved in #opentextbook implementations, @ebooks_dani is looking for you http://t.co/EQqhAUAZ79 #oer [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/clintlalonde/status/408751388445790208
Paradis, D. [ebooks_dani]. (2013, Dec 06). Educators and librarians I am looking for ppl involved in #opentextbook implementation please share! #oer http://t.co/CciYVwK7OS [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/ebooks_dani/status/408752014802165762
Paradis, D. [ebooks_dani]. (2013, Dec 06). @etug Hi etug! Looking or research participants on #opentextbooks http://t.co/CciYVwK7OS [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/ebooks_dani/status/409023897929924608
Stommel, J. [Jessifer]. (2013, Dec 07). Participate or spread the word. @ebooks_dani is looking for faculty to take part in open textbook research. http://t.co/pGPVfxY7oB [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/Jessifer/status/409195356153319425
Calling open textbook advocates: Danielle Paradis wants to speak with you
December 12, 2013
We recently interviewed Danielle Paradis, a graduate student of Arts in Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University, who is studying educators’ and librarians’ experiences in implementing open textbooks.
We asked her five questions about her research and why it’s important to the future of post-secondary education.
1. Why did you choose to focus on open educational resources?
Open textbooks are only a small part of open educational resources (OER). I discovered a research gap between open textbooks and the people who decide to implement these resources. By looking at the lived experience of these people, we can come to understand what makes open textbooks appealing. That may help instructors, librarians or organizations working with open textbooks.
There isn’t much research that has focused on educators and instructors. Lots of work has been done with developing and implementing open textbooks, and lots of research into the costs and quality of OER and open textbooks—I want to hear about the praxis.
2. What generated your interest? Who or what has influenced your thinking?
I became interested in open education when BCcampus Executive Director David Porter, now my thesis supervisor, came to speak to my cohort at Royal Roads. He delivered an impassioned presentation around open education and open educational resources beginning with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 26: Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free…elementary education shall be compulsory. This declaration stuck with me. I am a strong believer that education can improve lives.
3. Tell us a bit more about your research.
My research proposal and subsequent literature review tells me there is a lot of contextual information around open education, OER, and open textbooks. There is also a lot of debate around what “open” means does not mean. I’ve found there are a few organizations that appropriate the language of open education without following the principles.
I’m fascinated by Google trends and what people are looking or searching for online. People are aware of both “online textbooks” and “free textbooks” but “open textbooks” are a small blip outside of open education circles.
4. What’s next?
My next stage is interviewing. That’s why I reached out to BCcampus. I am actively looking for more participants.
5. How can people reach you to find out more?
I am currently recruiting for at least 10 participants. Interviews will take about an hour each. And, I’d like to talk with people over the next few months.
The best way to learn more (or get involved) is to contact me at Danielle.Paradis@RoyalRoads.ca