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Aaron Burrell

Associate Director of Digital Learning and Innovation

Aaron Burrell

Associate Director of Digital Learning and Innovation

Directorate of Learning and Teaching

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Member of the Association of Learning Technology having recently submitted his portfolio for full Certified Membership.

Having studied Software Engineering I took up my first role in technology within a Marketing and International Development team.  In 1998 I moved into educational technology with the Centre for Research in Educational Applications of Telematics where I worked closely with first the iterations of virtual learning environments in a jointly funded project with BT Labs at Adastral Park.  I became the technical lead for the centre which was absorbed into the newly created 'University Campus Suffolk' initiative during 2007.

Those early years in 'EdTech' cemented my passion in creating environments (virtual and physical) that allow people to improve themselves and their lives by gaining a better education.  I jointly lead the Digital Learning Team within the Department of Library and Learning Services and my role focuses on the various learning systems in use at the University.  I ensures the University of Suffolk has appropriate, fit for purpose systems and processes, allowing both the institution and its people to grow in a digital society.

The role has managerial responsibility for the team that supports:

  • VLE - Virtual Learning Environment
  • LMS - Library Management Systems
  • ERM - Electronic Resource Management
  • OPAC - Open Public Access Catalogue
  • OARS - Open Access Repository Suffolk
  • Digitisation and Copyright
  • Video and Audio production
  • Assistive Technologies
  • Reprographics

My role also includes the support and development of course (re)design through activity based workshops allowing course teams to use the available technology to align their course activities to their learning outcomes.  I have developed workshop session designed around Prof Gilly Salmon's Carpe Diem model. Alongside other Senior Managers in the department I form part of the University's Validation panel for new and revalidated courses.  I also manage and resource the Learning Innovation Hub based within the department.

Day-to-day I also supports the Digital Learning Opportunities Manager in his role by working closely with staff and students to encourage, enable and evaluate the use of technology in learning and teaching. In particular, to;

  • Help staff to integrate innovative technologies to enhance their teaching programmes
  • Share innovation and good practice through facilitating an active community
  • Evaluate the impact of enhancements on the student learning experience
  • Develop and pilot ways to enhance and develop learning through innovative technologies
Professional Qualifications
  • ITILv3 Foundation
  • Professional Certificate in eLearning
Interests Outside of University of Suffolk

Architectural Heritage

I am a Director and Trustee of the Trimley Station Community Trust.  The Trust are running a community project to try and save the station buildings at Trimley St Mary, built in 1891, the buildings are under threat of demolition by Network Rail.