Work

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Education

2014: Master of Library and Information Studies
University of Alberta

2011: Bachelor of Arts, Major in International Relations
University of British Columbia, Okanagan

Professional Experience (selected)

August 2016 – Present: Assistant Professor/Librarian
Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB

May 2014 – July 2016: Education Technology Facilitator
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

Research interests

  • Open educational resources and open courses
  • Philosophy of education
  • Student technology competencies and computer literacy
  • Web and app usability
  • Student information literacy competencies and research skills

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

McNally, M., & Christiansen, E. (2019, June 3). Open enough? Eight factors to consider when transitioning from closed to open resources and courses: A conceptual frameworkFirst Monday 24(6). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v24i6.9180

Christiansen, E. (2015). Don’t make me type: A study of students’ perceptions of library catalogues on tablet computersPartnership: The Canadian Journal of Librarian and Information Practice and Research 10(1). https://doi.org/10.21083/partnership.v10i1.3192

Other Published Works

Christiansen, E. (2020, July 1). Italian Immigration to Kelowna and its Lasing Legacy [Historical article]. Kelowna Italian Club.

Christiansen, E., Dahlqvist, C., Deeke, A., Hays, L., Mallon, M., Weaver, K., & Yoshida, A. (2017, December 3). Making new connections: Librarians meetup at ISSOTL 2017 [Blog post]. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Christiansen, E., & McNutt, K. (2016). OER starter kit [Communications toolkit]. Alberta Open Educational Resources Initiative.

McNutt, K., & Christiansen, E. (2016). OER champion’s toolkit [Communications toolkit]. Alberta Open Educational Resources Initiative.

Self-Publishing

Tech Bytes blog: Since 2013, I have operated and written articles tech-bytes.net – a blog focused on trends in the desktop and mobile computing space. As of December 2020, I have published 206 articles on this blog.

Alberta OER Journal Club: In collaboration with three colleagues (two from Athabasca University and one from the University of Calgary) founded a provincial journal club. The journal club hosts monthly discussions on Twitter on an article related to open education. The journal club has engaged faculty, librarians, and students in Canada and the world. Find us using the hashtag #aboerjc

Podcasting

Since July 2020, I have co-hosed the EdTech Examined podcast with my colleague Kris Hans. The podcast is about all things education technology. For more information and recent episodes, see the Podcast page of this website.

Refereed Conference Presentations

Christiansen, Erik., & McNally, M. (2020, November 16). Toward open pragmatism: Developing a revised framework for openness. Presentation delivered at the Open Education Global Conference [prerecorded & online].

Christiansen, E., & McNally, M. (2020, November 10). How open is it? Developing a framework for ‘open pragmatism’ through examination of open courseware. Presentation delivered at the OpenEd Conference [online].

Flierl, M., Mallon, M., Hays, L. & Christiansen, E. (2019, October 10). Enabling student learning through information, data, digital, and media literacies. Presentation delivered at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Blomgren, C., Christiansen, E., & Klamn, R. (2019, April 11). #aboerjc – Reinventing the critical and scholarly discussion. Presentation delivered at the OER19 Conference, Galway, Ireland.

Hays, L., Dahlqvist, C., & Christiansen, E. (2018, October 25). Helping students develop information skills is everyone’s business: Examining information contexts. Panel presentation delivered at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Bergen, Norway.

Christiansen, E., & McNally, B. (2018, April 24). Open enough? Eight factors to consider when transitioning from closed to open resources and courses: A conceptual framework. Paper presented at the Open Education Global Conference, Delft, Netherlands.

Christiansen, E., & McNally, B. (2017, October 12). Open enough? Choices and consequences when transitioning from closed to open resources and courses. Poster presented at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Calgary, AB.

Christiansen, E. (2017, April 29). Open, get ready! Public and academic libraries’ support for open education in Canada. Paper presented at the Alberta Library Conference, Jasper, AB.

Christiansen, E. (2014, April 24). Don’t make me type: A study of students’ perceptions of library catalogues on tablet computers. Poster presented at the Alberta Library Conference, Jasper, AB.

Christiansen, E. (2010). Italian immigration to British Columbia from the 1880s to the 1920s. Presentation delivered at the UBC Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Professional Presentations and Workshops

Christiansen, E., & Hans, K. (2021, April 29). Bootstrapping and education technology podcast [online]. Presentation delivered at the Mount Royal Faculty Association Spring Retreat, Calgary, AB.

Brunk, A., Manobe, D., Christiansen, E., & Steel, D. (2020, June 11). Gaming, Technology, and Accessibility in Academic Libraries [webinar]. Panel presentation delivered at Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB.

Christiansen, E. (2019, June 21). #aboerjc: The Alberta OER journal club. Presentation delivered at the Alberta OER Summit, NorQuest College, Edmonton, AB.

Christiansen, E. (2018, May 23). Creating information literacy competencies for psychology undergraduates. Webinar delivered to the Canadian Psychology Librarians Network.

Christiansen, E. (2018, January 18). Open enough? Lightning talk presented at the Students Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) OER Days, Calgary, AB.

Christiansen, E. (2017, December 12). Openly obsessed: Open educational resources policy in western Canada & conceptualizing openness in higher education. Lightning talk presented at the Mount Royal Library Faculty Scholarship Sub-Committee, Calgary, AB.

Da Rosa, L., & Christiansen, E. (2017, October 10). Riddell library and learning centre:  Spaces, technology, and support for faculty. Workshop round table delivered at the Mount Royal Faculty Association Fall PD Day, Calgary, AB.

Christiansen, E. (2017, May 9). The making of a librarian. Presented at the Mount Royal Faculty Association Spring Retreat, Kananaskis, AB.

McNally, B., & Christiansen, E. (2016, December 7). Choices and consequences in transitioning from closed to open resources and courses. Presentation delivered at the Open Education in Action Conference, Maskwacis Cultural College, Maskwacis, AB. Invited.

Christiansen, E. (2017, November 24). Everything is sharable: Why open educational resources are critical to lifelong and the sharing economy. Workshop delivered at the Code4Lib Alberta Conference, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.

McNutt, K., & Christiansen, E. (2016, November 9). Alberta OER toolkits: Goals and objectives. Presentation delivered at the OER in and Across Disciplines Conference, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB.

Shepstone, C., Smith, E., & Christiansen, E. (2016, October 16). Open educational practices at MRU. Presentation delivered at the Open Education Conference, Maskwacis Cultural College, Maskwacis, AB.

Christiansen, E., & Popowich, S. (2016, June 14). Getting started with static hosting using GitHub Pages and Reveal.JS. Workshop delivered at Code4Lib Spring Meeting, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.

Christiansen, E. (2016, April). In the know: Using Google alerts and Gmail filters to create your own personal archive. Workshop delivered at Technologies in Education SLAM, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.

Carruthers, A., MacLean, L., Christiansen, E., & Marshal, K. (2016, March). Speaker’s corner ‘the school to work transition’. Presentation delivered at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. Invited.

Christiansen, E. (2016, February). Using Google Tour Builder for education. Workshop delivered at the Harry Ainlay High School PD Day, Edmonton Public Schools, AB.

Christiansen, E. (2015, November). Multimedia streaming in higher education. Presentation delivered at the Code4Lib Alberta Unconference, Edmonton Public Library, Edmonton, AB.

Christiansen, E. (2014, August). Internet safety and security in an academic environment. Workshop delivered at the International Student Orientation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.

Christiansen, E. (2014, February 4). Students’ perceptions of library catalogues on tablet computers. Paper presented at the Forum for Information Professionals, Edmonton, AB.

Editorial Activities and Scholarly Service

2020 – Present: Peer Reviewer, First Monday

2016 – Present: Peer Reviewer, Reference Services Review

2015 – Present: Peer Reviewer, Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research

2017/2018: Abstract Peer Reviewer, Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) Conference

2017: Abstract Peer Reviewer, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) Conference

Other Research Experience

2009-2011: Research Assistant: UBC Okanagan, Political Science Dept., Dr. Carl Hodge Worked with Professor Carl Hodge on political science research, conducting literature reviews on pre-WWI conflicts

2009-2010: Student Researcher (Grant Funded Project), UBC Okanagan Received the Irving K. Barber Undergraduate Research Grant to conduct archival research on Italian immigration in the South Okanagan and West-Kootenay regions during the 1880s and 1920s. The project involved compiling primary historical documents from archive throughout British Columbia.

Awards

2019: Open Education Champion Award: Students’ Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU).

2014: Professional Recognition Award: U of A School of Library and Information Studies.

2014: LAA Student Award: U of A School of Library and Information Studies & Library Association of Alberta

2014: Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Studies Honour Society

2014: Alberta Learning Graduate Student Scholarship. Government of Alberta

2013: Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship. Government of Alberta

2010: Award for Original Presentation. UBC Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference

2009: Irving K. Barber Undergraduate Research Grant (UBC)

Teaching

Mount Royal University

Liaison Areas

  • Psychology (teaching and collections)
  • Student Wellness/Counselling, Mount Royal Wellness Services (collections)
  • Health and Physical Education (teaching and collections)
  • Music Conservatory (collections)

Liaison Activities

  • Information literacy instruction
  • Individual consultations with students and faculty to support teaching and research
  • Collection development, including assessment of physical and digital holdings, developing the monograph collection, evaluating new subscriptions, and liaising with vendors
  • Collaborate with library and other faculty to design in-class assignments, handouts, and other resources
  • Develop in-depth online library research guides to support programs and individual courses

MRU: Library Information Literacy Guides

(See full PDF CV for a list of information literacy sessions taught)

Techology Skills

From my professional experience and personal interest, I possess a wide variety of technology skills

  • Research tools: Qualitative analysis software (NVivo), textual analysis and visualization tools (Discover Text, Voyant, Tableau, Excel)
  • Maker technologies: 3D printing and scanning, micro computing (Raspberry Pi), programming, data and visualization.
  • Multimedia and design: Adobe Creative Suite, Canva
  • Video editing (variety of software)
  • Audio recording and editing (variety of software)
  • Desktop publishing and industry standard tools: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat, iWork, Google Apps suite.
  • Web and coding: Usability design and best practices, online course design, JavaScript (current interest), HTML 5, CSS, GitHub, content management systems (Drupal, WordPress, Squarespace, Spring Share, etc.), and social media platforms.
  • Content distribution and publishing: DSpace, Dataverse, Open Journal Systems (OJS), and Pressbooks.
  • Library systems and discovery: SirsiDynix, Voyager, ALMA/Primo.
  • Operating systems: macOS, Windows (all versions), Linux (various distributions), Android, iOS/iPadOS.