University of Calgary

Gale Parchoma

  • Adjunct Associate Professor


Dr. Gale Parchoma attended high school in Shellbrook, Saskatchewan. She has two adult daughters. Gale completed her undergraduate degrees at the University of Saskatchewan, her MA at the University of Victoria, and her PhD at the University of Saskatchewan. She has taught in the K-12 system, worked as an instructional designer, and managed a consulting company. From 2007-2012 Gale helped develop and then taught in the e-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning doctoral program at Lancaster University in the UK. In 2013, Gale joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary, where she teaches graduate courses in educational technology.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Parchoma’s research focuses on role of technology in teaching and learning practices in higher and adult education. Related work includes examining identity and relational affordances in formal, non-formal, and informal online and mobile learning contexts, philosophies of teaching and technology in practice, applications of networked learning theory in international and interdisciplinary distance doctoral education, and fidelity in simulation based medical education. The outcomes of this program of research contributes to understanding the relational nature of learning design, varied approaches to teaching and facilitation, and technology enhanced learning environments, including implications for policy and practices.

Current Projects:

  • Integrating Technology Enhanced Learning into Simulation Based Medical Education - Policy and Practice: Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, NHS Trust, UK Economic & Social Research Council, UK Technology Strategy Board, and the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, NHS Trust.
  • Understanding the doctorate experience- A grounded theory study of international, interdisciplinary supervisory practices in field of technology enhanced learning, unfunded.


PhD – Educational Administration
University of Saskatchewan

MA in Education
University of Victoria

BA (Honours) - North American Literature
University of Saskatchewan

BEd – Secondary Education
University of Saskatchewan

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Parchoma has worked with a variety of governmental, non-governmental, and private sector organizations across Canada and internationally, including the Commonwealth of Learning, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Canadian Association of Prior Learning and Assessment, the Province of British Columbia Open School, Sask Learning, and Cameco. Across these contexts, Gale has provided expertise in technology enhanced instructional design, online facilitation, and curriculum development.


Parchoma, G. (in press). The contested ontology of affordances: Implications for researching technological affordances. Computers in Human Behavior. (Special Issue on Web-2.0 technologies in support of open, team-based learning and innovation).

Koole, M., & Parchoma, G. (2012). The ethical and practical implications of systems architecture on identity in networked learning: A constructionist perspective. Interactive Learning Environments, 20(3), 203-215.

Wright, S., & Parchoma, G. (2011). Technologies for learning? An actor-network theory informed critique of mobile learning research and the search for ‘affordances’. Research in Learning Technology 19(3), 247-258.

Parchoma, G. (2011). Toward diversity in researching teaching and technology philosophies-in-practice in e-learning communities. In B. Daniel (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Methods and Techniques for Studying Virtual Communities: Paradigms and Phenomena (Vol. 1, 61-86), Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Parchoma, G. (2006). A proposed e-learning policy field for the Academy. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 18 (3), 230-240.


  • 2009 - Outstanding Paper Award: Toward developing teaching, learning, and technology perspectives-in-practice for networked learning. In G. Richards (Ed.), Proceedings of the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2009 (pp. 3061-3068). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  • 2006 - Animal Health League of Canada: Research and Development award for Reducing the Use of Live Animals in Veterinary Teaching.
  • 2004 - 1st place in the CANARIE poster competition for demonstrating the best representation of advancement in e-learning in Canada
  • 2002 Milton Acorn Prize for Poetry in Canada
  • 2001 Tidepool Prize for Poetry in Canada

Media Work

Photograph of Gale Parchoma

Curriculum Vitae

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