Glen Farrelly is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.
After an extensive career working in the digital media industry, my doctoral research examines mobile applications, locative technology, and user experience.
My various studies have examined the role of media, such as my masters degree in communication at Royal Roads University, bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at York University, and a post-graduate certificate in Internet Management at Humber College.
My methodological experience consists of both training and field experience. I have taken various methods courses at the doctoral and master’s level. The coursework for these classes included data collection, sampling and recruitment, conducting ethical research, note-taking, and data analysis. I have also worked as a teaching assistant for four years for a research methods class, strengthened my knowledge in this area. In regards to field experience, I have extensive practice using interviews in my career as a journalist. At an academic level, I conducted four studies at the graduate level that used interviews, surveys, contextual inquiry, and content analysis methods (all of which resulted in publications).
My career highlights include managing an e-Business website, producing online tools and content for national media organizations, and helping launch one of Canada’s first mobile applications. Recent honours include winning Canada Graduate scholarships at the doctoral and masters levels, a Chancellor’s award for top class performance, and two Apex awards for excellence in overall website and online annual report.
Currently, I am working at the University of Toronto and OCAD University as a teaching and research assistant. In addition, I am a digital media consultant and blogger for Backbone Magazine.
My recent publications on this topic include:
- Which way is up? How locative media may enhance sense of place. International Journal of Mobile HCI
- Irreplaceable: The role of geotargetted place information in a location based service. Journal of Location Based Services, 2014.
- Putting locative technology in its sense of place. Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), 237–242.
- The role of location-based services in shaping sense of place. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2012: 49(1), 1–3.