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Instructional Associates  |  eLearning Support & Media Development | Administration


Instructional Associates

Instructional Associates (IAs) provide pedagogical and administrative leadership and support to VCC Faculty. Email iasupport@vcc.ca and one of our IAs will contact you.


Francesco Barillaro
Instructional Associate

Francesco joined the CTLR team in February 2019. He has been with VCC since 2010 and has worked as an Instructor in the EAL, LINC, and Business Management departments. He also served as Coordinator for VCC’s Learning Centre from 2016 to 2017. Francesco’s interests include learner autonomy, collaborative learning, curriculum development, and online/blending learning. He holds a B.A. in Communication (SFU), a Diploma in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) (University of Cambridge), an M.A. in TESOL (Sheffield Hallam University), and the BC Provincial Instructor Diploma (VCC). While working in Brazil in the 2000s, Francesco rediscovered his love for soccer, and you can now find him on the field 4-5 days a week playing and coaching "the beautiful game".

Julie Gilbert
Instructional Associate

Julie Gilbert joined the CTLR as an Instructional Associate in July 2019 and has been faculty at VCC since 2005. Her educational background includes a BSN from the University of British Columbia; an MN, with an education focus, from Athabasca University; the Provincial Instructor Diploma from VCC, as well as certificates in childbirth education and critical care. As Department Leader of the Practical Nursing Program, Julie led curriculum development, implementation and evaluation. Julie has experience with education program review processes through committee involvement with the B.C. College of Nursing Professionals. With her background in nursing and nurse education, Julie values quality education that is student centered, experiential, and competency-based. When not at VCC, Julie can be found embracing the outdoors through biking, hiking, running or skiing.

Garth Manning
Instructional Associate

Garth has been an Instructional Associate with VCC since 2012. He's worked in Adult Education for more than 20 years, including 15 years as an instructor at VCC with the ABE Youth Program located at the Broadway Youth Resource Centre. He has also taught at Native Education College, Kwantlen University College and at several community-based education centres. Garth's interests include instructional design, curriculum development and online learning. He takes a constructivist approach to teaching and learning, and believes in the value of student-centred activities that engage students in meaningful and relevant ways. He holds a B.A. and M.A in Criminology from SFU, as well as a Provincial Instructors Diploma and Online Teaching Certificate from VCC. Garth is currently pursuing the Essential Skills Practitioner Training Certificate at Douglas College.

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Andy Sellwood
Instructional Associate

Andy became an Instructional Associate at VCC in January 2017. Andy has taught adult upgrading and university transfer physics at VCC since 2003, after previously teaching at Douglas College and Kaplan Inc. Andy was also department head of science at VCC from 2010 to 2015. He has a Master of Physics degree from the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK) and a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge (UK). Andy’s interests lie in student motivation, program design and implementation, as well as educational leadership. In his spare time Andy likes to hang out with his children and play strategy games, all while fitting in as much hiking and trail running as possible.

Elle Ting

Elle Ting
Instructional Associate

Elle Ting joined us as an Instructional Associate in July 2015. A VCC English instructor since 2004, she also served as department head of Humanities for four years. As an erstwhile career student, Elle completed a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature (UBC), a B.Ed. in Secondary English Instruction (UBC), and a Ph.D. in Media Studies (UWO). When she isn't working or chasing after her young daughter, you can probably find her cooking, folding origami, or binge-watching cartoons and movies.

eLearning Support & Media Development

eLearning Support provides VCC faculty and staff with just-in-time support and training on educational technologies (including VCC's Moodle LMS). We also support design/production of digital media for online learning. Email elsupport@vcc.ca and one of our team will contact you.


Blair Friesen
eLearning Support Technician

Blair joined the Centre for Instructional Development in September, 2009. He has been with VCC since 1990 and has held several positions, including working closely with Frank Fornelli (retired) to help create and manage the "Purple Door" self-paced computer lab. He has a diploma in Computer Information Systems from Langara and has also completed the Instructor Diploma Program. Blair's teaching experience includes his time in the former Business & Computer Studies Department as well as at UAG Único in Guadalajara Mexico, where he taught introductory computer courses to students of the Bilingual Administrative Assistant Program.

John Love
eLearning Media Developer

John became our eLearning Media Developer in May 2011. Before working at VCC, John spent over 20 years in the high-tech sector as an art director, graphic designer, web designer and technical writer. Early in his career, he taught computer graphics courses for the VSB evening program and contributed in front of and behind the camera on two award-winning educational TV series for BC's Knowledge Network. John has a diploma in fine arts from the Emily Carr College of Art + Design (1989), and continues to take an active interest in art, culture and new media. A proud multidisciplinary self-learner, he enjoys exploring the relationships between art, design, and technology. John blogs and tweets regularly, and published his first novel in 2009.


Leadership and administrative support for our department.


Todd joined the CID in the fall of 2017.

Todd Biffard
Dean’s Assistant

Todd joined us in the fall of 2017. He previously worked in administration and communications for both the City of Ottawa and the Province of Ontario, before opting for the gypsy lifestyle of professional musician. From 2007-2017, his work as a percussionist took him on many adventures and offered innumerable life lessons. In addition to his part-time work at VCC, Todd continues to manage other internationally touring musicians, as well as teach music lessons and perform in local theatre productions. He has studied at McGill, UBC, SFU, and Humber College. His greatest teachers are his children, who keep him busy doing their laundry and challenging his understanding of philosophy and ethics. Todd is an avid cyclist as well as an amateur of the fine sport of squash.

Andrew Dunn

Andrew Dunn
Manager, Online Learning Strategy and Design

Andrew joined VCC in January 2019. After completing a degree in archaeology in Edinburgh, Scotland, he decided that his career lay "in ruins" and retrained as an elearning developer, working in academic and health care organizations. He’s been in Canada since 2006, and when he’s not coordinating or developing online learning resources, he sings tenor in the Vancouver Gaelic Choir, is a Whitecaps season ticket holder, and likes to traumatise his cat Niichii via the medium of accordion.

Shirley Lew
Dean, Library, Teaching & Learning Services

As our Dean, Shirley provides Academic leadership for us, the VCC Library, the Learning Centre, and the School of Instructional Education.