Nigel Ecclesfield is currently working as a Programme Manager
at JISC Advance for the FE and Skills Development and Resources Programme
supporting project work to repurpose existing resources and develop innovative
uses of technology through provider projects throughout the UK. Nigel has been
engaged in educational research since 1985 working for national agencies,
European projects and higher education institutions.
From 1978 to 2003 he worked in FE colleges in a range of
roles and from 2001 has been an inspector with a focus on Community Learning
based on his community work in London, Liverpool and Devon. From 2003 he has
worked for Becta, managing national surveys of the further education sector and
LSIS, working on a range of technology projects and survey work. He is
particularly interested in the role of organisations and their influence on
practitioner uses of technology, learner-centric education, teacher education
and open scholarship.
Geoff Rebbeck Cert. Ed. B.Sc. Hons. FIfL FRSA QTLS
Has spent 17 years teaching in Further Education, starting out as a lecturer in
Health and Social Care. Prior to joining Thanet College he worked in the NHS as
a Hospital Manager both in East Kent and in the Lake District.
He now works as a Freelance e-learning expert.
He was an original ILT champion in FE and whilst at Thanet College explored
constantly the possibility improving teaching and learning through technology.
Thanet was a National finalist in the Beacon College awards in 2006 in the
‘creating an e-enabling organisation’ category and again in 2008 for staff
development for work on e-portfolios. The College joined the BECTA Technology
Exemplar Network in 2009.
He worked with BECTA on the first round of the e-maturity Project, completing work on aspects of staff development.
He has recently published with Nigel Ecclestone and Fred Garnet, through LSIS a
major research study involving the stories of 996 teachers on FE teacher
attitudes to using technology in teaching. He has presented across the UK in
both FE and HE on matters relating to e-learning including e-learning
strategies from Northern Ireland colleges to Highlands College in the Channel
He is an LSIS associate working on their Leadership with Technology programme and
leading on a new tool to measure progression with e-learning in the FE world.
He has worked with the IfL as a Regional Adviser and is on the IfL panel of
Professional Formation Reviewers. He is currently working with the IfL in
supporting their Teacher Research programme.
won the 2008/9 LSIS National STAR Award for the Innovation category and was
recognised at the 2008 BECTA Future Learning Awards, primarily for work in
developing personal learning space for teachers.
interests include curriculum redesign using Moodle, as well as mapping and
reflective personal learning space and the creation/integration of e-learning
strategies into good teaching & learning in FE.
was the first to graduate from the University of Greenwich in 2007 with an
education degree that specialised in e-learning.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Institute for
Learning and holds Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills status.
Fred has been working with adult
vocational education teaching and learning since 1982, initially with Lewisham
College where he taught and managed computing courses before working as Dame
Policy Assistant and Community Projects Officer. As part of the TaLENT project
he helped create a Community Grid for Learning in Lewisham delivering ICT
Literacy training for teachers. As Head of Community Programmes at Becta he
lead on ICT Learning as part of the £250m
CALL initiative reporting to the DfES, DCMS, Cabinet Office and Office of the
e-envoy, advising NOF on national digitisation projects.
As a Strategic Analyst
for post-compulsory education at Becta he worked on national policy development
with both DfES & DCMS (Participative Media Literacy OFCOM) He was
interactivity designer for the Xchange e-learning policy conferences organised
by Prime Minister Tony Blair. He won £2m
from LSC to develop the e-enabling Offender Learning programme with NIACE.
Since leaving Becta he has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of
Sussex and the London Knowledge Lab, where he leads on Digital Literacy. As a
consultant he advises NIACE on Digital Inclusion, LSIS on Digital Practice and
the BBC on Open Learning.
is Managing Director of Xtensis.
has focussed on building strategic relationships both in government, academia
and provider organisations and has significantly strengthened the company’s
profile and reputation in the market.
his work with practitioners, commercial partners and government agencies, Rod
has accumulated valuable expertise and insight into the practical application
of technology to support teaching and learning and to re-orient existing
processes and organisational arrangements.
Rod’s leadership, Xtensis successfully ran the National Learning Network (NLN)
Materials Service funded by the then LSC and rolled out to over 25,000 users
across the ACL, FE and WBL sector. Xtensis developed a range of tools for that
service including the ability to make customisable collections of NLN materials
which could easily be made available to learners. The feedback received from
practitioners acted as a catalyst for the development of the XtLearn.net
platform – an extension of the original NLN collections feature and now
available separately as a “freemium” online platform that enables practitioners
to create and customise collections of resources from any source, and share
with colleagues and learners on any platform. It is this platform which is being used to showcase the Joint Response to the CAVTL call for evidence.
brings to the CAVTL response extensive experience in organisational planning and implementation.
has substantial management experience at a high level in the UK, US and the Far