My name is Robin Wright, I am the copyright Manager at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne and Project Leader for the OEL research project. As part of this research I would like to invite you to participate in an online survey about open educational practices and to consider providing your contact details for a follow up interview. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes.

This research is being undertaken as part of the Open Education Licensing Project, funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. The project is being undertaken with Derek Whitehead, Swinburne University of Technology, Dr Carina Bossu, University of Tasmania and Luke Padgett, University of Tasmania.

Please read the information below carefully and be confident that you understand its contents before deciding whether to participate in the research.

Please click the link below if you would like to participate:

The Open Education Licensing Project aims to identify and analyse the critical copyright challenges facing Australian universities in their development of open educational practices by investigating existing open education licensing policies and practices. The data collected will be used to develop and disseminate an OEL Toolkit which will empower Australian teaching professionals and universities to develop effective open education policies and make informed open licensing decisions. This will contribute to improved learning and teaching outcomes in open online education. It will also be used to inform reports, articles and other publications. We will endeavour to ensure most findings are made available to the public in an accessible form.

Benefits and risks of participating

By participating in this research you will be helping contribute to a broader understanding of open educational practices and licensing in Australia. There should be no risk involved in participating in the project.

You are free to withdraw from actively participating in the research at any time without any negative consequence to you or your organisation. You may also request that the information gathered as a result of your participation be removed from our records if prior to publication.

Data management

Data collection from this study will be recorded in a manner to ensure confidentiality unless you authorise otherwise on your interview consent form. To ensure this, data will be stored away safely and will be viewed only by researchers on the team during the course of the research project. Aggregated data only and/or pseudonyms (rather than your real name) will be used in publications. The research data will be kept securely at Swinburne University for 5 years post publication before being destroyed.

My contact details are:

Ms Robin Wright,
Research Manager, Open Education Licensing
Swinburne University of Technology
Phone: 03 9214 4669

Your involvement is greatly appreciated.

Robin Wright

This project has been approved by or on behalf of Swinburne’s Human Research Ethics Committee in line with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. If you have any concerns of complaints about the conduct of the project you can contact:

Research ethics officer, Swinburne Research (H68)
Swinburne University of Technology, PO Box 218, Hawthorn, Vic 3122
Phone: 03 9214 5218