Consent Statement

November 1, 2016

Dear Participant:

We are researchers at Athabasca University and invite you to participate in a research study entitled "Barriers, Incentives, and Benefits of the OER Movement: An Exploration into Instructor Perspectives."

The purpose of this research is to explore the perspectives of instructors in various geographical areas on barriers, incentives, and benefits to using and creating Open Educational Resource (OER) materials.

In a survey conducted by Cengage Learning (2016), OER will potentially triple in size over the next five years; however, there continues to be barriers to selection, use, and creation that are inhibiting the full adoption. This study explores the perspectives of K-12 and higher education instructors on the barriers, incentives, and benefits to OER use in order to provide potential policy and implementation solutions.

Your participation will involve completing an online survey that will take about 15 minutes to complete. The survey data will be initially collected and stored on a server in the U.S. and is subject to access under the US Patriot Act until it is transferred from that server to the researcher's computer.

All information collected in this study will remain anonymous. No individually-identifiable information about you, or provided by you during the research, will be collected. All research data will be kept on a secure drive for which only the principle researchers and their assistants will have access. Data will not be destroyed as we intend to rerun the study at some time in the future and will pull various reports based on specific demographic information such as geographical area and employment. The study may be replicated in 5 to 10 years. The published results will be in summary form.

The findings from this project may provide information on the state of teacher field experiences in e-learning. There are no known risks or discomforts associated with this research. If you have any questions about this research project, please feel free to contact us via email at and/or This study has been reviewed by the Athabasca University Research Ethics Board. Comments or concerns regarding your treatment as a research participant should be directed to the Office of Research Ethics at 1-800-788-9041, ex 6718 or via email at

Select below whether you agree to participate in the research project described above. Please print a copy of this letter for your records.

Thank you.

Serena Henderson, Athabasca University
Dr. Nathaniel Ostashewski, Athabasca University

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