Dr Jenni Parker
BA (T&D), GradDip (CI), EdD

Lecturer, School of Education

About me

I am a Lecturer in the School of Education at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. My areas of research include; authentic learning, online presence (social, cognitive and teaching), web technologies and open educational resources. View my online CV on LinkedIn.

I completed a Doctorate of Education (2015) at Murdoch University, a Graduate Diploma in Creative Industries specialising in Interactive Media Development (2009), and a BA in Training & Development (2003) at Edith Cowan University.

As an early career researcher, I have published a number of conference papers and co-authored four journal articles. My research papers are available through the Murdoch Research Repository.


Research areas

  • Authentic learning
  • Communities of inquiry (CoI) and online presence
  • Design-based research
  • Free-to-share and open educational resources
  • Graduate employability 2.0
  • Online learning
  • Web technologies
Doctorate of Education Thesis: Designing authentic online community of learning experiences for higher education. All three examiners gave the highest recommendations (strongly agree) on all five criteria used to judge the dissertation. A copy of the thesis is available on the Murdoch Research Repository.
Examiner comments:
  1. “It is one of the most outstanding thesis I have examined” (Examiner 1)
  2. “The framework is quite unique and makes a solid and original contribution to both scholarship and research in designing and improving the quality of educational programs” (Examiner 2)
  3. “I found the thesis to be very well written…It is a pleasure to read. This is a scholarly work on an important topic” (Examiner 3)

Current projects

Researching authentic learning supported by web technologies and open educational resources.

  • 2014 – 2015: Skilling Up AEWs. OLT project, Murdoch University. Researching a blended professional development opportunity for Aboriginal education workers using Indigenous and design-based research approaches.
  • 2010 – 2015: Authentic eDesign. EdD Thesis, Murdoch Unversity. Researching authentic online learning, communities of inquiry and online presences, free-to-share resources and web technologies using a design-based research approach.
  • 2011 – 2013: Living and learning with technology. Murdoch University. Researching face-to-face and online learning using a design-based research approach.
  • 2011: Workplace learning and development. Edith Cowan University. Researching blended learning using a partial design-based research approach.
  • 2010 – 2013: ICT in the classroom. Murdoch University. Researching online learning using a design-based research approach.

Awards and grants


Events and speaking engagements

Parker, J. (2016). Design-based research for evaluating online courses. Presentation for New York University, Learning and Curricular Development seminar, 19 April 2016, Online via Webex.

Parker, J. (2016). Authentic online community of learning (AoCoL) model. Presentation for the Murdoch School of Education seminar series, 08 April 2016, Murdoch University, WA.

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, WA.

Parker, J. (2012) 3MT: Breaking free using real-life tasks. In: Murdoch 3MT Competition, 30 Aug 2012, Murdoch University, Murdoch, W.A.

Parker, J. (2012) 3MT: Breaking free using real-life tasks. In: 3MT Presentation at HRD Orientation, Semester 2, 2012, 9 Aug 2012, Murdoch University, Murdoch, W.A.

Parker, J. (2012) eTechnology in the classroom. In: Guest Lecture for 4th Year pre-service teachers completing their Professional Internship (PI), 16 August 2012, Murdoch University, Murdoch, W.A.

Parker, J. (2011) Breaking free to become active learners. In: Murdoch 3MT Competition, 29 August 2011, Murdoch University, Murdoch, W.A. Runner-up.

Professional and community service

Community Service

  • 2012 (Sep to Nov): Volunteer at Burrendah Primary School (Year 7 class)

Professional service

  • 2016 – Current: Associate Editor Issues in Educational Research (IIER) journal
  • 2012 – 2015: Committee member Western Australian Institute of Educational Research (WAIER)
  • 2013 – 2014: Reference group member for Murdoch University’s first internal thematic review: Review of external students learning experience.
  • 2012 (May to Dec): Committee member on Murdoch Open Education Working Group of Educational Technology.

I review manuscripts for the following journals:

  • Issues in Educational Research (IIER)
  • International review of research in open and distributed learning (IRRODL)
I have reviewed chapters for the following books:
  • Resilience in Education: Concepts, contexts and connections (Springer, 2017).
  • Handbook of Research on Humanizing the Distance Learning Experience (IGI Global Publishers)

I am a member of the following special interest groups (SIG):



  • Herrington, J., Parker, J., Boase-Jelinek, D., (2014), Connected authentic learning: Reflection and intentional learning, Australian Journal of Education, 58, 1, pages 23 - 35.
  • Boase-Jelinek, D., Parker, J., Herrington, J., (2013), Student reflection and learning through peer reviews, Issues in Educational Research (Online), 23, 2, pages 119 - 131.
  • Parker, J., Maor, D., Herrington, J., (2013), Authentic online learning: Aligning learner needs, pedagogy and technology., Issues in Educational Research (Online), 23, 2, pages 227 - 241.
  • Herrington, J., Parker, J., (2013), Emerging technologies as cognitive tools for authentic learning, British Journal of Educational Technology, 44, 4, pages 607 - 615.


  • Parker, J., (2016),An authentic online community of learning framework for higher education: Development process,In: EdMedia 2016: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology.
  • Parker, J., (2016),EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, 28 - 30 June 2016, Vancouver, BC Canada,In: EdMedia 2016: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology.
  • Parker, J., Herrington, J., (2015),Setting the climate in an authentic online community of learning,In: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) 2015.
  • Herrington, J., Parker, J., Boase-Jelinek, D., (2013),Social presence and participatory media in authentic learning.,In: Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA) 2013 Distance Education Summit.
  • Parker, J., Maor, D., Herrington, J., (2013),Under the hood: How an authentic online course was designed, delivered and evaluated.,In: Teaching and Learning Forum (2013).
  • Boase-Jelinek, D., Parker, J., Herrington, J., (2013),Peer reviews: What can we learn from our students?,In: Teaching and Learning Forum (2013).
  • Parker, J., (2011),Practitioner practices for designing and delivering online higher education courses within a learning management system,In: 20th Annual Teaching Learning Forum (2011).
  • Parker, J., Boase-Jelinek, D., Herrington, J., (2011),Perceptions and reflections: Using Skype chat to build a community of learners,In: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (ELEARN) (2011).

Copies of my research papers can be accessed via the Murdoch Research Repository/Parker,_Jenni.