Learning Innovation Unit, Dublin City University
Learning Innovation Unit
Jenn was lively, intelligent, vivacious, energetic, optimistic and dedicated to her work as a Learning Technologist. Her interest in and commitment to educational technology in particular and teaching and learning in general were defined by passion and unceasing dedication to advancing this area. In 2005, ‘The Moodle Team’ (Jenn, Morag Munro (LIU) and Denis Cahalane (ISS)) were nominated and subsequently won the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence. This is just one tangible example of the high regard in which Jenn was held by DCU staff and the quality of the professional, timely and valuable service she provided to them.
Jenn was well known and highly regarded, not just in DCU, but amongst the national and international elearning community, in particular the Moodle Community. In 2006/2007 Jenn was Chair of ILTA (the Irish Learning Technology Association) having been a significant force behind the development and growth of this organisation. She also contributed significantly to the NDLR (National Digital Learning Repository) project, EDIN (Educational Developers of Ireland Network) and to FACiliTATE (the Irish Problem Based Learning Network). In each of these cases, as well as representing DCU, Jenn frequently volunteered for additional services such as web site development and provision and support of Moodle resources to support the project.
As well as handling
elearning issues, Jenn always willing to take on general teaching and
learning areas and routinely supported our wide range of activities
including the Teaching Excellence Awards, the Travel Scheme and the
Learning Innovation Fund Projects scheme. In December 2005, we launched
the new LIU website www.DCU.ie/ovpli/liu
which Jenn designed and implemented and of which she was particularly
proud. In 2006, Jenn coordinated the design and production of a
comprehensive wall planner documenting all LIU training and development
activities for the academic year.
Jenn was a ray of sunshine in the LIU, always in good form, always positive and optimistic. We sincerely miss her warmth and presence and we will remember her for many years to come.
The Jennifer Burke Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
The Jennifer Burke Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning is awarded annually by the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA) and DCU. The award, presented for the first time in 2009, is made in memory of Jenn.
Please visit the Jennifer Burke award page for further information