Norm Friesen studied German Literature, Secondary Education, and Communication at the Johns Hopkins University, University of Alberta and Simon Fraser University (respectively). He has undertaken teaching and research at the University of Toronto, the University of Innsbruck and Athabasca University.
He has led the CanCore Learning object metadata initiative from 2003 to 2010, and is co-editor of the peer reviewed open content journal Phenomenology and Practice. Friesen is also a member of the Canadian delegation to the ISO/IEC JTC1 subcommittee 36, for Learning, Education and Training.
Friesen has been involved in Wikiversity research.
Friesen's research interests include media theory, alternative pedagogies, technical e-learning standardization, phenomenology and ethnomethodology.
- Friesen, N., Fisher, S., Roberts, A. (2004). CanCore Guidelines for the Implementation of Learning Object Metadata., Athabasca University.
- Friesen, N. (2004). Three Objections to Learning Objects. In McGreal, R. (ed.) Online Education Using Learning Objects. London: Routledge. pp. 59–70.
- Friesen, N. & Hopkins J., (2008) '[ Wikiversity; or education meets the free culture movement: An ethnographic investigation]', First Monday, Volume 13 Number 10–6 October 2008
- Friesen, N. (2009). Re-Thinking E-Learning Research: Foundations, Methods and Practices. New York: Peter Lang.
- Friesen, N. (2011). The Place of the Classroom and the Space of the Screen. New York: Peter Lang.
- Friesen, N. (2013). Forgotten Connections: On Culture and Upbringing. London: Routledge. Translation of: Klaus Mollenhauer. (1983). Vergessene Zusammenhänge: Über Kultur und Erziehung. Munich: Juventa Verlag.
- Standards Council of Canada. "Recipients of the Certificate of service - 2008". Retrieved 2009-02-22.
- Friesen, Norm. "Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved 2009-01-22.
- Friesen, N. & Hopkins J. (October 2008). "'Wikiversity; or education meets the free culture movement: An ethnographic investigation". First Monday. 13 (10).