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Doctoral Research Questionnaire Invitation


Dear Fellow Members,

My name is Patricia Daniels and I have had several active roles with our association and am currently a member of the Publication Team. I have been on the National Council since 2012 and have learned so much from many of you and would like to be able to give something back to the association. This is why I would like you to participate in this online questionnaire, which is part of my doctoral research.

Research Title: The role of open educational practices in the professional development of freelance English language teachers in Switzerland.

Aim of research:

The aim of this research is to investigate the role that open practices play in the professional development of freelance English language teachers. Open practices can be activities such as openly sharing information and educational resources online or offline. This could be through social media channels or through digital platforms such as blogs.

Definition: Freelance

For the purposes of this study, ‘freelance’, means English language teachers who are paid on an hourly basis and whose work is dependent on the number of available students. Therefore, this includes part-time or sessional contracts, i.e. where a teacher is contracted for a set number of hours and for a limited period of time, as well as teachers who are self-employed.  

This information leaflet has been mailed to you in order to inform you about my research and to invite you to participate in a short questionnaire. It should take approximately 15 minutes. Participation is voluntary and participants will not be paid. If you would like to participate, please use the link provided at the end of this information leaflet to enter the questionnaire.

If I agree to take part what will be involved?

You will be asked to provide your consent in the introduction to the online questionnaire. There are some demographic questions followed by general questions about your online educational practices.

After evaluation of the questionnaire data, some participants will be invited to participate in a one to one conversation. Hence, you have the option of providing your name and email at the end of the questionnaire.

Is it confidential?

Your participation will be treated in strict confidence in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. I have chosen the JISC Online Survey tool because its security policy fully complies with this act. Only the researcher will know your identity.

You are free to withdraw from the research project by 30 November 2018 without consequences. You can do this by sending me an email.

Questionnaire data will be anonymised as soon as is possible. All raw data will be deleted on completion of my Doctorate.


If you are interested in the outcomes of this study please contact me via email as stated below.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask.

Please click on the link below if you would like to complete the questionnaire:

Could you please complete the questionnaire by: 25 November 2018

Thank you

Patricia Daniels

EdD Candidate

The Open University UK


Dr Beck Pitt

Main Supervisor