Jenni Parker

Open, authentic e-learning supported by new technologies


This study aims to explore how online learning can be designed and implemented to create more interactive and engaging online learning environments. It is concerned with identifying models and frameworks that practitioners could use to streamline processes and reduce workloads.

A design-based research approach will be employed. This involves designing, implementing and evaluating an online professional development course and then improving the original design and implementing and evaluating it again to determine if further refined iterations were more effective in facilitating participant learning. At the conclusion of research iterations, design principles will be developed to inform other educators wishing to employ the approach.

Resulting guidelines and design principles are significant for teachers and instructional designers, as they can be used to inform the design of educational learning environments, which in turn can facilitate student learning.


Parker, J., Maor, D. & Herrington, J. (2013). Authentic online learning: Aligning learner needs, pedagogy and technology. Issues in Educational Research , 23(2), 227-241.

Parker, J., Maor, D. and Herrington, J. (2013) Under the hood: How an authentic online course was designed, delivered and evaluated. Teaching and Learning Forum 2013: Design, develop, evaluate - The core of the learning environment, 7 -8 February 2013, Murdoch University, Murdoch, W.A.

Parker, J. (2012)Designing and delivering authentic online learning: A design-based research approach. MUPSA Multidisciplinary Conference 2012, 27 September 2012, Murdoch University, Murdoch, W.A.

Herrington, J., Parker, J. & Duvall, S. (2012). Design-based research: Research that makes a difference in education. Presentation for the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research 2012, 19 September 2012, Murdoch University.

Parker, J. (2012). Authentic eDesign: An online professional development course for higher education practitioners. In: WAIER 27th Annual Research Forum: Transforming practice: The value of educational research, 11 August 2012, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, WA.

Parker, J. (2012). eDesign: An authentic online learning course using Moodle paired with an open companion website. MoodleMoot au 2012, 1 - 4 July, 2012, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Center, Queensland.

Parker, J. (2011) A design-based research approach for creating effective online higher education courses. 26th Annual Research Forum (Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Inc) Educational Possibilities, 13 Aug 2011, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, WA.