Martha Burkle

martha_burkle_2Dr. Martha Burkle holds a PhD on Technology Policies and Higher Education from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. Her work has been dedicated to advancing research on the implementation of technologies to innovate teaching and learning. Her main research interests lie in the area of the use of virtual environments for learners’ engagement, learning innovation, and the influence of technologies in cognitive abilities. She has presented her research on virtual reality for education in more than 25 countries, including the World Summit of Information Technologies in Geneva, in 2003. She has been invited as a keynote speaker in international conferences both in the academic and private sectors. Her work has been published in numerous international journals, including the Harvard Journal of Computers and Healthcare and the Emerald Journal of Education and Training. She was awarded the prestigious Ford-McArthur scholarship for her PhD thesis in 2002. Dr. Burkle is the Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Learning Technologies (CJLT) and serves as an editorial board member of a number of journals, including the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, the Journal of Educational Technology & Society, and the University & Knowledge Society Journal. An active member of the Calgary Centre of Innovation (, and a Research Fellow for Athabasca’s TEKRI Institute (, she pioneered the analysis of the impact of technologies for learning in the development world.