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Education

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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)

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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

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  • 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

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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 ARTICLES and Published Works

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Jessel, C., Christiansen, E., & McNally, M. (2021, July 23). Open educational resources would make post-secondary more affordableThe Calgary Herald

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

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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

ErikChristiansen.net: My “professional communication hub.” I post updates concerning my teaching practice and research, as well as original pieces on non-technical subjects. I also repost links to outside articles I’ve published.

Podcasting

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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

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Christiansen, E., & Chaston, A. (2021, May 28). Virtual Reality in Higher Education [Online conference session]. True North Science Bootcamp, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Christiansen, E., & McNally, M. (2020, November 16). Toward open pragmatism: Developing a revised framework for openness [Pre-recorded online paper presentation]. Open Education Global Conference.

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

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

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

Hays, L., Dahlqvist, C., & Christiansen, E. (2018, October 25). Helping students develop information skills is everyone’s business: Examining information contexts [Conference session]. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 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 presentation]. Open Education Global, Delft, Netherlands.

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

Christiansen, E. (2017, April 29). Open, get ready! Public and academic libraries’ support for open education in Canada [Conference session]. Alberta Library Conference, Jasper, Alberta, Canada.

Christiansen, E. (2014, April 24). Don’t make me type: A study of students’ perceptions of library catalogues on tablet computers [Poster session]. Alberta Library Conference, Jasper, Alberta, Canada.

Christiansen, E. (2010). Italian immigration to British Columbia from the 1880s to the 1920s [Paper presentation]. Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Professional Presentations and Workshops

Christiansen, E., & Hans, K. (2021, April 29). Bootstrapping and education technology podcast [Online conference session]. Mount Royal Faculty Association Spring Retreat, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Brunk, A., Manobe, D., Christiansen, E., & Steel, D. (2020, June 11). Gaming, Technology, and Accessibility in Academic Libraries [Webinar]. Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Christiansen, E. (2019, June 21). #aboerjc: The Alberta OER journal club [Conference session]. Alberta OER Summit, NorQuest College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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

Christiansen, E. (2018, January 18). Open enough? [Conference session/Lightning talk]. Students Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) OER Days, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Christiansen, E. (2017, December 12). Openly obsessed: Open educational resources policy in western Canada & conceptualizing openness in higher education [Conference session/Lightning talk]. Mount Royal Library Faculty Scholarship Sub-Committee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Da Rosa, L., & Christiansen, E. (2017, October 10). Riddell library and learning centre:  Spaces, technology, and support for faculty [Workshop].Mount Royal Faculty Association Fall PD Day, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Christiansen, E. (2017, May 9). The making of a librarian [Conference session/Lightning talk]. Mount Royal Faculty Association Spring Retreat, Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada.

McNally, B., & Christiansen, E. (2016, December 7). Choices and consequences in transitioning from closed to open resources and courses [Conference session]. Open Education in Action Conference, Maskwacis Cultural College, Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada.

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

McNutt, K., & Christiansen, E. (2016, November 9). Alberta OER toolkits: Goals and objectives [Conference session]. OER in and Across Disciplines Conference, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Shepstone, C., Smith, E., & Christiansen, E. (2016, October 16). Open educational practices at MRU [Conference session]. Open Education Conference, Maskwacis Cultural College, Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada.

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

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

Carruthers, A., MacLean, L., Christiansen, E., & Marshal, K. (2016, March). Speaker’s corner ‘the school to work transition‘ [Panel presentation]. School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Christiansen, E. (2016, February). Using Google Tour Builder for education [Workshop]. Harry Ainlay High School PD Day, Edmonton Public Schools, Alberta, Canada.

Christiansen, E. (2015, November). Multimedia streaming in higher education [Conference session]. Code4Lib Alberta Unconference, Edmonton Public Library, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Christiansen, E. (2014, August). Internet safety and security in an academic environment [Workshop]. International Student Orientation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Christiansen, E. (2014, February 4). Students’ perceptions of library catalogues on tablet computers [Conference session]. Forum for Information Professionals, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Teaching and collections Experience

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Mount Royal University Library

Subject Areas

I support the following areas at Mount Royal University

  • 2016 – Present: Psychology Program (teaching and collections)
  • 2016 – Present: Student Wellness/Counselling Department, Mount Royal Wellness Services (collections)
  • 2019 – Present: Health and Physical Education Program (teaching and collections)
    • Majors: Physical Literacy, Athletic Therapy, Sport and Recreation Management, & Eco-Tourism
  • 2019 – Present: Music Conservatory (collections)

Liaison Activities

  • Information literacy instruction
  • Consultations with students and faculty to support teaching and research
  • Collection development, including assessment of physical and digital holdings, developing the monograph collection, and evaluating new subscriptions
  • 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

Library Profile and Links to Research Guides

Techology Skills

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I possess a wide variety of technology skills from my lifelong interest in computers and considerable professional experience. I’ve been interested in computers since I was five, and I read about technology trends on a daily basis. I’ve also been blogging about technology since 2013. Below is a non-exhaustive list of my technology skills. I will update this list, as I remember skills I forgot I had.

  • Research tools: Qualitative analysis software (NVivo), textual analysis and visualization tools (Discover Text, Voyant, Tableau, Excel), survey tools (Qualtrics, Fluid Surveys, Survey Monkey, LibApps, Google Forms).
  • Maker technologies: 3D printing and scanning, micro computing (Raspberry Pi), programming, data and visualization.
  • Multimedia and design: Adobe Creative Suite, Canva.
  • Video editing: Final Cut, Adobe Premier, iMovie, Divinci Resolve, Camtasia.
  • Audio recording and editing: Mic interfaces (USB and analogue), sound mixers, software (Logic, Garage Band, Audacity, Pro Tools, Adobe Audition).
  • Podcast hosting and distribution.
  • 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 (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Medium, YouTube, LinkedIn).
  • Automation tools: IFTTT, Apple Script, Apple Automator, Apple Shortcuts)
  • 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, OpenElec/OSMC, Open Media Vault.
  • Computer hardware: Custom computer builds and parts replacement – including RAM, HDD, video cards, sound cards, motherboards, fans, drives, etc.
  • Network maintenance and analysis (to a limited extent).
  • Security and privacy: Encryption standards, encrypting email, file management and file lifecycle, password management, user access permissions and platform management, cloud storage, P2P/private messaging.
  • Information management (obviously… because I’m a professional librarian).