Dear members of the OERu community,

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I am conducting a case study to examine the practices involved in open 
education at the OERu with a focus on instructional design. The case study 
includes an ethnographic study to examine the organisational culture and 
processes involved in the implementation of open educational practices. 
This project is being carried out as part of my PhD in Education.

So far, I’ve completed a pilot study where I interviewed people with 
experience working with the OERu. I have also contributed to and observed 
the OERu’s Quality Review Project meetings as the members have been 
discussing and developing a Quality Assurance framework and an accompanying 
user's guide for supporting the development of courses for the OERu. Now, 
with your permission and hopefully your collaboration, I’d like to expand 
my study. I intend to examine the application of instructional design by 
the OERu’s members and observe how the OERu collaborates across 
institutions in the WikiEducator platform and other communication 
platforms. This work would involve analyzing public documents, discussions, 
and videos.

Any suggestions you may have regarding the research are welcome. In 
alignment with the OERu’s commitment to openness, the results of this study 
will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) or Creative 
Commons Attribution-Sharealike license (CC-BY-SA). Please see the link 
below which contains a letter that I and my supervisors signed as a 
commitment to publishing findings about the OERu as Free Cultural Works. I 
will be posting updates about the progress of this research.

Letter committing to Cultural Free Works 

A more detailed information sheet explaining my measures for protecting 
participant confidentiality among other research plans will be made 
available upon request.

If you have any questions about this research, please do not hesitate to 
contact me.

Thank you for considering this request.
Yours sincerely,
Dan Dubien

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