Drew Parker, B.Comm., MBA, Ph.D., ISP, ITCP, IP3P
Associate Professor, Information Technology
Beedie School of Business
Simon Fraser University
British Columbia, Canada



Specialization and Research Interests

Information Technology: Social Media (aka Web 2.0) applications for business; Computer and Communications Technology; Business Applications on the Internet; Internet Policy Issues; Telecommunications and Networking; Emerging Technological Issues, with a  focus on Small and Evolving Businesses; Multimedia and Web-based Virtual Teaching and Learning Environments.

I am a member of the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. I  have taught both place-based and 'virtual seminars,' where students interact completely using computers and telecommunications. The first virtual  course we ever offered in the faculty was entitled 'Business 362.' This course is an upper division (third year undergraduate) Business Systems Analysis and Design course which sometimes ran in the online format. In this format it was particularly suitable for co-op students and others who wished to complete an upper division course from anywhere the Internet exists.  I have also developed courses and programs, and taught online in  the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration program. The course I designed and taught the inaugural versions of is a half course in issues in the management of information technology. The other course I am currently teaching is 'Business 466' , a course which explores the so-called 'Web 2.0' phenomenon and how it is radically changing the way we work, live, play and do business.


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Selected Research Investigations

Link(2015) Parker, D. and Masri, K. “The Evolution of Online Learning and Related Tools and Techniques toward MOOCs” in McKay, E., & Lenarcic, J. Macro-Level Learning through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Strategies and Predictions for the Future. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-8324-2

Link(2013) Monfared, S., Ajabi, P., and Parker, D. “Bringing Social Media (aka Web 2.0) into the Learning Environment,’ McKay, E. (ed), ePedagogy in Online Learning: New Developments in Web Mediated Human Computer Interaction, IGI Global.

Link(2011) Tingling, P., Gemino, A., and Parker, D. ‘Changing Channels: The Impact of Web 2.0 on Supply Chain Management Production and Information Management Journal, Vol. 47, No. 4, 31-44.

Link(2009) Parker, D. and Gemino, A."Use Case Diagrams in Support of Use Case Modeling: Deriving Understanding from the Picture", Journal of Database Management, Vol. 20, 1-24.

Link(2009) Parker, D., Foreword in: Kotsopoulos, S. and Konstantinos, I (eds) Handbook of Research on Heterogeneous Next Generation Networking: Innovations and Platforms, IGI,

Link(2008) Masri, K., Parker, D. and Gemino, A. ‘Using Iconic Graphics in Entity-Relationship Diagrams: The Impact on Understanding,’ Journal of Database Management, Vol. 19, No. 3, July-September 2008.

(2006) Gemino, A., Parker, D., and Olnick Kutzschan, A. 'Investigating Coherence and Multimedia Effects of a Technology-Mediated Collaborative Environment,' Journal of Management Information Systems, Vol. 22, No. 3, Winter 2005-6.

(2004) Parker, D. and A. Gemino 'Moving a 'traditional' university toward online learning: Opportunities, Challenges and Technologies,' (an early version of the paper was originally presented at the 2001 Edineb Conference, Nice, France) Educational Innovation in Economics and Business VIII : Technology, Pedagogy and Innovation, Kluwer Academic Press, ISBN 1-4020-1787-1

(2003) Olnick Kutzschan, A., Gemino, A., and Parker, D. ‘The Role of Learning Style Diversity and Social Interfaces in Team Learning Performance,' Presentation and Proceedings Publication, International Conference on Informatics Education & Research, Seattle , Washington , USA , December 12-14, 2003

  (2003) Gemino, A. and D. Parker, ‘Is Relevance Relevant? Investigating Coherence in Knowledge Sharing Environments,' Published in workshop proceedings and presented at HCI/MIS 2003: The Second Annual HCI in MIS (HCI/MIS) Research Workshop

(2003) Gemino, A., D. Parker and A. Olnick Kutzschan ‘Putting the “I” in Fit: the Role of individuals in task technology fit,' Presentation, ASAC-IFSAM 2003, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada.

  Parker, D. and A. Gemino 'Inside Online Learning: Comparing Conceptual and Technique Learning Performance in Place-based and ALN Formats,' Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Volume5, Issue 2, September 2001.

  Parker, D. and A. Gemino 'Issues in Online Learning: A Conceptual Framework for Course Design and Delivery,' working paper. An earlier version of this paper was presented at ASAC 2000 in Montreal, Quebec.

  Parker, D., C. Hill, and V. Merrill, The Impact of Instructional Design Methodology on Achievement in Alternative Course Delivery Formats, short paper presented and published in proceedings, WebNet 99.

  Parker, D., V. Merrill, and R. McTavish, Re-engineering the MBA Using Virtual Seminars, short paper , Ed-Media 99.

  Rossner-Merrill, V., D. Parker and S. Chu, Using Constructivist Instructional Design Features in Two Online Courses: Notes from the Field, Educational Media International, Volume 35, No. 4, December 1998.

Parker, D. and V. Rossner-Merrill, Socialization of Distance Education - The Web As Enabler, full paper presented and published in Proceedings, WebNet '98. This paper remains one of my favorites, and provided results that, to me, were both encouraging and counter-intuitive.