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Aaron Burrell

Digital Learning Systems Manager

Learning Services

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

Aaron jointly leads the Digital Learning Team within the Department of Learning Services and his role focuses on the various learning systems in use at the University.  Aaron 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

Day-to-day Aaron 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

Current Projects

Aaron is currently involved in a number of institutionally important projects that are running alongside the business as usual tasks.  These projects include:

  • Brightspace Implementation
  • VLE Review
  • Learner Analytics
  • Library Move Feasibility Project
  • EMA Review

Notable Achievements

  • Broadband Britain Challenge winner - Technical Lead
  • University Project of the Year nominee - Applicant Portal development
  • Development of first UK University Augmented Reality Prospectus
  • Development of HLF funded Augmented Reality project - Holywells Park
  • University Team of the Year winner - ELEVATE Team
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • University Project of the Year nominee - VLE Review Project

Current areas of interest

  • Learning Spaces
  • Learner Analytics
  • Mobile Learning
  • Personal Learning Networks
  • Location Aware Activities
  • Augment Reality
  • Visual Browsing
  • Curriculum Design

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Burrell, A (2016) Blackboard Tools for Teaching and Learning. University of Suffolk Learning and Teaching Day, Ipswich, 14 December 2016
  • Burrell, A. and Mullet, D. (2014) Sequential Overlays - Engaging the Cognitive Processes.  JISC RSC Eastern eFair, 4 July 2014. Bury St Edmunds: West Suffolk College
  • Burrell, A. (2014) Multimedia use in Learning, Teaching and Assessment.  UCS Learning & Teaching Day, 13 June 2014. Ipswich: University Campus Suffolk
  • Burrell, A. and Mullett, D. (2013) Creating an Augmented Reality Poster.  JISC RSC Eastern eFair, 4 July 2013. Cambridge: Writtle College
  • Burrell, A. and Ramsden, A. (2013) AR SIG Launch Webinar.  4 April 2013. Ipswich: University Campus Suffolk
  • Burrell, A. and Mullett, D. (2013) Designing Location Aware Learning Activities: QR Codes and Augmented Reality.  JISC RSC Eastern Workshop, 13 February 2013. Cambridge: Anglia Ruskin University
  • Ramsden, A. and Burrell, A. (2012) Designing Location Aware Learning Activities: QR Codes and Augmented Reality. JISC RSC Eastern Workshop, 9 May 2012. Ipswich: University Campus Suffolk
  • Burrell, A. and Mullett, D. (2011) Location Aware Learning Activities. UCS Learning and Teaching Day, 8 July 2011. Ipswich: University Campus Suffolk
  • Burrell, A. (2011) Location Aware Learning Activities. JISC RSC Eastern VLE Forum, 4 March 2011. Bedford: Bedford College
  • Burrell, A. and Mullett, D. (2011) Implementing a QR Code Generating Service. Durham Blackboard Users Conference, 5-7 January 2011. Durham: University of Durham


  • Burrell, A. (2014) Getting Started with Augmented Reality as a Learning Technology  [ ]
  • Burrell, A & Mullett, D. (2013) What is the Role of eBooks: The Student Perspective [ ]
  • Smith, C., and Burrell, A. (2013) Creativity in learning spaces: We can all gain! Paper presented at the University Campus Suffolk Annual Learning and Teaching Day, Ipswich, 5 July 2013.

Professional Qualifications

  • ITILv3 Foundation
  • Professional Certificate in eLearning

Interests Outside of the University

  • Architectural Heritage

    Aaron is 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.

    The company have recently been successful in their application to become a Registered Charity.

To see Aaron's full profile, please click here.

Selected experience

1999 - 2005
Senior Technical Officer
Centre for Research in Educational Applications of Telematics

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