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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.


Marilyn Heaps

Marilyn Heaps
Instructional Associate

Marilyn Heaps has been an Instructional Associate at VCC since August 2015. Marilyn has worked in many areas of nursing and has been involved in nursing education for the last 18 years – 12 of those at VCC as a faculty member and past Department Head of Practical Nursing. Marilyn graduated from Practical Nursing at VVI; earned a diploma of Nursing from Douglas College; a BScN from the University of Alberta; a MSN from the University of British Columbia with specialities in nursing education and leadership; as well as the Provincial Instructor Diploma from VCC. She has a love of learning and a passion for curriculum development, implementation and evaluation.

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 joined 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.


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.

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.