Dr. Farrelly’s research centers the user of digital media innovations in Internet, mobile, social, and emerging media. Through mixed method research and the lenses of critical theory of technology, user experience, and inclusive design, Dr. Farrelly examines how design interfaces, medium constraints, accessibility barriers, and user norms and behaviours affect user adoption and continued use of digital media properties. His current research examines geolocative mobile media in tourism and recreation sectors and artificial intelligence in online post-secondary education. Previous research projects include the adoption and use of contact-tracing mobile applications, online education courses, tablet applications to aid treating dementia, gestural interfaces for big data visualization, and web accessibility standards for people with disabilities.
Dr. Glen Farrelly is Assistant Professor, Business Communications with the Faculty of Business at Athabasca University. He attained a PhD in Information from the University of Toronto, a MA in Professional Communication from Royal Roads, a BA from York University, and Post-Graduate Certificate in Internet Management from Humber College. Prior to his work in academia, Dr. Farrelly was a digital media producer helping launch one of Canada’s first mobile apps, managed a large scale financial e-Business site, developed experimental digital installations, and won two international corporate communications awards. Dr. Farrelly's research examines the user experience, accessibility, and interface design of web, social, and mobile media, with a specific focus on geolocative technologies.
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):