I am primarily interested in how technology shapes teaching and learning practices and how it structures knowledge more broadly. Some of the themes that cut across my projects are the cultural aspects of technology, the materiality of the digital, teaching with technology, and technology as practice.

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.

I am currently an Instructional Design & Open Educational Resources Librarian at College of the Sequoias in California, where I continue my research on open textbook implementation /use with the support of a Hewlett-funded OER Research Fellowship.

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