The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning is excited to welcome Anwen Burk and Brennan Conroy to our team in the role of Learning Technology Support Specialists.

Anwen earned her BA in English from the University of Calgary and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta before moving into learning technology. She has since built up more than a decade of experience as an instructor, a learning designer, the owner of an instructional design and training business, and most recently, as a Digital Learning Consultant at the University of Alberta.

Her background has provided her with extensive experience working with faculty, staff, and students in a number of disciplines including Nursing, Trades, Social Sciences, Arts, Education, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Dentistry. She has designed and taught face-to-face, blended and fully online undergraduate technology courses, including a fully online course on educational technology.

Anwen has a particular interest in online and blended learning, Open Educational Resources and the ways that technology can increase accessibility to formal and informal learning opportunities.

She will be with us in the Centre half-time and working virtually with the University of Alberta as a Digital Learning Consultant in the Faculty of Education for the rest of her time.

Originally hailing from Alberta, Brennan joining the Centre is also a ‘welcome back’ to VIU. He is a double VIU alumnus, having completed both a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies with us, as well as his B.Ed.

Technology, education, and helping people are Brennan’s passions. He has most recently been feeding these passions working in technical support for Bell and Shaw, where he was the person who would resolve any of the technical issues you had with your services. Given the nature of his role, this experience is ideal preparation for his work with us.

He is excited to be able to focus even more on his passion for education at the institution where he earned his degrees, and to ensure that the experiences of our current and future students are as positive as his own were.

Brennan will be with us full-time, and is looking forward to helping faculty and students with learning technology support requests.

Please join me in welcoming both Anwen and Brennan – we are delighted to have two such excellent colleagues joining us as we prepare for another busy year!