Gloria Gomez, PhD / co-founder, strategist, researcher / about me / publications

OB3 - the web app for Beautiful Study for Lifelong Learning™
Co-founder, strategist, researcher since 2008
OceanBrowser Ltd., New Zealand


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Since 2008, I have lead research and conceptualisation of the feature design of OB3 - the web app for Beatiful Study for Lifelong Learning™. OB3 supports lecturers, students and administrative staff in their experience of online academic study.

This application is designed for time starved medical educators and students, to efficiently and effectively create sleek and media-rich online study documents. With minimal effort, users can import content directly from MS Word or Powerpoint (see image), add rich content such as videos or audio via drag and drop, add discussion and comments where there is content.

OB3 documents can contain interactive objects, video, audio-recordings, text, and images. These can be edited, updated by users, or anyone they share the documents with, anytime, anywhere. The help of a technology specialist is not required.

OB3 screenshot


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  • Gomez, G. (2023, 5 December ). Bridging design prototypes (BDPs) – A design tool to resource sustainable, equitable, flexible learning. FLANZ: Invited Reflections
  • Gomez, G., Daellenbach, R., Davies, L., Kensington, M., & Petsoglou, C. (2022, 7 - 8 March, 2022). Students and teachers co-designing media-rich document resources in an asynchronous virtual personal learning environment. Proceedings of INTED2022 Conference.
  • Petsoglou, C., Gomez, G., & Stoop, R. (2022, 15-17 February). Student-led journal club with a technology for asynchronous discussions in-line with content [ePoster]. Digital Health Week, Sydney, Australia.
  • Gomez, G. & Petsoglou, C. (2021, 14-15 April). OB3 media-rich documents with embedded discussions: Lifting learning performance and engagement through interaction design [Reference paper]. FLANZ Conference 2021 for Flexible Learning, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Prier, P. & Gomez, G. 2021, (8-9 April). Embracing technology: Interactive eportfolios for midwifery students (peer-reviewed abstract) [Presentation]. Trans-Tasman Midwifery Education Consortium (TTMEC), Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Gomez, G., Daellenbach, R., Davies, L., Kensington, M., & Petsoglou, C. (2018). OB3 media-rich documents™ with embedded discussions: lifting learning performance and engagement. OB3 Working Paper Series. Short paper. Research. OceanBrowser Ltd. New Zealand. Retrieved from
  • Gomez, G. Daellenbach, R., Kensignton, M., Davies, L., Petseglou, C. (2017) ‘Benefits of Enabling Lecturers and Students to Author, Share and Discuss Media-Rich Documents for Online Study’, Accepted poster abstract, 34th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2017).
  • Gomez, G. & Tamblyn, R. (2012, Jan 12-14). 'Product development in a small IT firm: an interaction design perspective', In Proc. of PIN-C 2012 – Participatory Innovation Conference. Melbourne, Australia.
  • Gomez, G., Tamblyn, R. (2012, Apr 11 – 13). Enhancing the Online Study Experience in Postgraduate Medical Education, Accepted poster abstract, the Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ) Conference. Wellington, New Zealand Download from:

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OceanBrowser won the 2010 Otago Business Award in Research and Innovation.



Blog post "Bridging Design Prototypes (BDPs) – A design tool to resource sustainable, equitable, flexible learning", 5 December 2023, Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ)

Webinar When the wallabies meet with kiwis: Exploring student engagement. ASCILITE and FLANZ panel conversation. Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand, 21 September 2023.

Enhancing engagement and connection in online distance education through the interaction design of a technology, 2023 Work-Integrated Learning International Conference 2023, 20 - 21 April, Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Incrementando la participación en la educación a distancia, en-línea y asíncrona: Una perspectiva de diseño de interacción. Incrementando la participación en la educación a distancia, en-línea y asíncrona: Una perspectiva de diseño de interacción. Investigación en Diseño 2023. Red de Investigadores en Diseño. Segunda Edición. Comisión 5, Miércoles 1 de Marzo 2023, 17H30. En-línea desde la Universidad de Palermo, Argentina

Design Educators Conversing with Health Educators on Lessons Learned from Teaching Online for More Than a Decade, Thursday, 22 September, 2022, Online from Pennsylavnia State University

Students and teachers co-designing media-rich document resources: An asynchronous virtual personal learning environment, INTED 22

OB3's pitch at Melbourne Edtech Summit 2021 organised by EduGrowth Australia

Online events in Techweek 2020 and 2021: Get creative with online learning environments, Delivering online education - Masterclass with OB3 and NZ Education Technology companies part 4 . See more related videos in relevant showcase


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