iFixit With the Library: Partnering for Open Pedagogy in Technical Writing

  • Forrest Johnson Linn-Benton Community College
  • Michaela Willi Hooper Linn-Benton Community College
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This article describes how a technical writing instructor adopted an open textbook from the Dozuki repair company and an accompanying open pedagogy project through iFixit, for which students wrote openly-licensed repair articles. His work was supported and amplified by the Linn-Benton Community College’s Textbook Affordability Steering Committee and the library. Open pedagogy provides many opportunities for instructor-librarian collaboration. In this case, the library was able to provide information literacy support on intellectual property to the class and help the instructor promote the project across campus and beyond.


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Author Biographies

Forrest Johnson, Linn-Benton Community College

Forrest has an MA in English from Idaho State University and is currently working on an MLS at Emporia State University. He is an assistant reference librarian and teaches writing and literature at Linn-Benton Community College. His specialty is in both creating and analyzing comics, and he is now focusing on Open Pedagogy and makerspaces. He spends his spare time building instruments out of recycled/repurposed stuff, skating with his wife and kids, birding, and thinking about basketball.

Michaela Willi Hooper, Linn-Benton Community College

Michaela Willi Hooper is the OER and Textbook Affordability Librarian at Linn-Benton Community College. She has been an academic librarian for over a decade, and her roles have included scholarly communication, copyright, management, reference, instruction, and business librarianship. She has lived in seven states and Puerto Rico, but now that she’s in the beautiful state of Oregon she plans to stay.

How to Cite
Johnson, F., & Willi Hooper, M. (2019). iFixit With the Library: Partnering for Open Pedagogy in Technical Writing. OLA Quarterly, 24(3), 13-17. https://doi.org/10.7710/1093-7374.1950