Brendan Owers (MSc, CMALT)

Learning Technologist and Online Learning Coordinator

  • Usher Institute
  • College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Contact details



Usher Institute – University of Edinburgh
Doorway 1
Old Medical School
Teviot Place

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I am a Learning Technologist and Online Learning Coordinator for the Master of Public Health programmes. This role involves providing specialist learning technology leadership, advice and recommendations to academic and support staff regarding learning design and appropriate use of learning technologies, alongside comprehensive support to students on online courses.

10+ years of experience working with academic and programme teams; advising on and implementing technologies in learning and teaching.


MSc in Blended and Online Education

Responsibilities & affiliations

Certified member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT):

CMALT Assessor:

Reflection Coach for Mastercard Foundation:

Member of the UNCOVER network:

Project activity

  • Usher Institute Education Fund 2020. Co-created digital escape activities drawn on the experience and expertise of learners
  • Deliver an improved user experience in MyEd, centred around student needs. 2018-19 - Business and UI Lead
  • Rollout of Notifications Service 2017-19
  • CMVM VLE Consolidation

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Conference details

#Xerte21. User stories from the University of Edinburgh's Xerte project. Supporting and scaling Xerte after an increase in use within a teaching team. Co-presented with Alison Christie.

Association for Learning Technology Summer Summit 2020. Digital escape activities drawn on the experience and expertise of learners. In an effort to encourage student participation this poster describes workshops that were piloted with Master of Public Health students where in a co-creation environment they designed and built digital escape room activities around specific contexts from the programme.

Association for Learning Technology Winter Conference 2019. OER digital curation using Xerte within a Master of Public Health online group assignment. How the Xerte authoring tool was used to facilitate the creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) by online students, providing them an opportunity to further their digital capabilities whilst thinking critically about themselves and their content in a digital world. Co-presented with Alison Christie.

Association for Learning Technology Annual Conference 2019: Data, Dialogue and Doing. How user research shaped the thinking towards developing our institutions central web portal. Discussing the approach taken with working with students to deliver a user-centred web portal for the University of Edinburgh.

Open Apereo 2018Rolling out a central notifications service. An overview of how the University of Edinburgh approached implementing a Notifications Service, using the publisher-subscriber model to aggregate key user tasks and distributing to multiple mediums.

Learning & Teaching Conference University of Edinburgh 2018. Creating and presenting superbugs within the MBChB. Creating self-study collaborative engagement opportunities aligning to the 3E framework (Smyth and Mainka, 2010). Poster presentation alongside Dr Olga Lucia Moncayo Nieto & Dr Lydia Crow.


UNCOVER Online Conference 15 - 17 September 2020.

The UNCOVER Conference showcased the results of rapid reviews conducted by Usher Institute Master of Public Health (MPH) and PhD students and staff who volunteered to help with the rapid reviews requested by policy-makers during the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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