My dissertation is a multi-sited ethnographic study of open textbook development and implementation in colleges across California. You can find a brief overview of the project and a summary of my findings here.

Select Publications

Chtena, N. (2019). The Social Construction of Openness: Open Textbooks and Their Interpretations. TheInternational Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 15(3). Available from:

Chtena, N. (2015). What’s the Matter? (Re)Considering the Materiality of Social Software in Educational Practice. Proceedings of the 14thEuropean Conference on e-Learning (ECEL 2015). Available from:

Chtena, N. (2015). The Materiality of Virtual Learning Environments: Developing an Analytical Framework for the Study of Educational Platforms, Artifacts and Applications. Proceedings of the ISIS Summit Vienna 2015, Sciforum Electronic Conference Series (1), doi:10.3390/isis-summit-vienna-2015-T1.1003