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Learning Systems Team: Chris, Justina, and AJ
Learning Systems Team: Chris, Justina, and AJ


Our purpose is to support essential academic technology tools in order to facilitate and enhance the teaching and learning experience of students, faculty, and staff.

Learning Systems is comprised of Canvas Support, Instructional Design, and the Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment--while working closely with Video Services and the Digital Media Center as well as other campus partners.

As a team, the staff works to promote best practices for teaching and learning by providing:

  • One-on-one instructional design consultations
  • Strategies for teaching and learning
  • Strategies for the integration of educational technologies into pedagogy
  • Best practices for using Canvas for instructional needs
  • Integration of open educational resources (OER) into course materials
  • Consultation on the development of special projects

Service, Priorities, and ADEI-AR

What We Believe

We work together and across departments to expand connections and research solutions. With our combined 50 years of service working at Western Washington University, we have a long track record of empowering personnel across departments and programs to promote student success and accomplish the academic mission of the university via learning systems and relational support. We recognize our privileges and hope to use our positions to expand access, diversify our collective knowledge, and promote ease and joy in teaching and learning. We also acknowledge when we fall short, when we must be accountable, and when we have more to learn. We honor all the teachers, authors, and sages who have guided us and continue to mentor us.

We believe the following, which can be viewed with explanations and the resources we used as guidance at Learning Systems: Service, Priorities, and ADEI-AR: What We Believe.

  • We are relational technologists.
  • We partner with our clients.
  • We aim to destress our clients’ relationship with instructional technology and design.
  • We believe that accessibility, diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism (ADEI-AR) efforts should be integrated and considered in all aspects of our work.
  • We believe that education is lifelong.
  • We examine and test emerging trends and relay best practices, challenges, and possibilities to our faculty. 

For more information


Justina Brown, M.Ed.

Senior Instructional Designer - CIIA/ATUS

AJ Barse

Instructional Designer

Chris Powell

Canvas Administrator

Contact Us


Learning Systems was formerly housed in Haggard Hall Room 154.

Canvas technical issues

Email Canvas Help or call 360-650-7900

Email Chris Powell, WWU Canvas Admin, or call 360-650-4159

Instructional design

Email AJ Barse, ATUS Instructional Designer, or call 360-650-7222

Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment

Email Justina Brown, CIIA Director, or call 360-650-7210

Visit the CIIA Website for more information