About Norm Friesen

NORM FRIESEN is currently (2014-2015) working as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He holds an Associate Professorship in the Department Educational Technology at the College of Education, Boise State University, where he teaches and advises in the doctoral program.

For a complete CV, see: http://learningspaces.org/cv.pdf

Dr. Friesen has been developing and studying Web technologies in educational contexts since 1995, and is the author of several editions of guidebooks on the effective use of online instructional software and the implementation of technical standards for educational resources.

Dr. Friesen is also the author of Re-Thinking E-Learning Research: Foundations, Methods and Practices (2009), and The Place of the Classroom and the Space of the Screen: Relational Pedagogy and Internet Technology (2011). His articles have appeared in AERA’s Educational Research, the British Journal of Educational Technology, the Journal of Curriculum Studies as well as C-Theory. Besides co-editing numerous collections and special issues, Dr. Friesen has also recently edited and translated the pedagogical classic Forgotten Connections: On Culture and Upbringing (Routledge, 2014). Dr. Friesen is a member of the Canadian delegation to the International Standards Organization subcommittee for Learning, Education and Training, where he has co-authored a number of technical standards for collaborative learning systems. Currently associate editor of the Journal of Curriculum Studies, Dr. Friesen also helped to found and edit the online journal Phenomenology & Practice (www.phandpr.org), and has previously worked as Canada Research Chair in E-Learning Practices at Thompson Rivers University –in addition to having taught and worked at the Universities of Toronto and Johns Hopkins University as well as at Athabasca University. Dr. Friesen can be contacted at: normfriesen@boisestate.edu.


1 Response to About Norm Friesen

  1. Alex Kuskis says:

    Hi Norm, I don’t know if you’re on the MEA listserv or not. FYI, I posted your note about Coleman’s criticism of Ong’s Orality & Literacy on the list and received the following reply from John Walter……..Alex

    No need to ask orality-literacy specialists what they think. Fr. Ong
    himself commented on Coleman’s book in a letter to the Times Literary
    Supplement. (He was responding to a review of the book the TLS had
    published. Below is both the citation and the annotation included in Dr.
    Thomas Walsh’s *Walter J. Ong, SJ: A Bibliography 1929-2006
    *. It’s entry

    425) “Oral Practices.” Letter. *TLS: The [London] Times Literary
    > Supplement* 4924, 15 August 1997, 17.
    > ‘Oral Practices,’ a letter to the (London) *Times Literary Supplement*,
    > August 15, 1997, p. 17, protesting the statement that Ong proposes that
    > ‘the emergence of literacy necessarily entails the extinction . . . of an
    > inferior mode (orality).’ This statement appears in Suzanne Reynolds’s
    > review (July 25) of *Public Reading and the Reading Public in Late
    > Medieval England and France*, by Joyce Coleman. The only work of Ong’s
    > cited, and that without and page references, is *Orality and Literacy*
    > (1982). Ong replies, ‘I have never stated that orality is ‘inferior,’ and
    > goes on to cite many places where he cites achievements of orality which
    > literacy cannot match and treats the interaction of orality and literacy
    > over the centuries since the development of writing and print down to
    > today’s ‘secondary orality,’ which, requiring literacy for the development,
    > manufacture, and use of equipment such as telephone, radio, and television,
    > subjects literacy to the demands of orality. Writing ‘never eliminated orality or
    > made orality ‘primitive’ or inoperable.’

    John Walter
    John Walter | http://about.me/johnpwalter
    Fellow, Walter J. Ong Center for Language, Media, and Culture
    Saint Louis University

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