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Speakers include

Gordon Brown, SQA

Alex Duff, Glow Project, Education Scotland  

Jeremy Carter,

Professor Robert Coe, Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), Durham University

Willie Davidson, Head of Centre, The Learning Centre

Rob Gibson,  Director of Business Systems, SQA, keynote addressJ

John Gordon FIMA, FBCS, FRSA

Prof. Philip John, SCHOLAR Programme, Heriot-Watt University.

Anne Munro, Head Teacher, Bellshill Academy

Walter Patterson

Bob Penrose,

Linda Steedman, e-com Scotland

Harry Hughes for Gerry Toner, Director of Chartered Teacher Programme’

Martyn Ware, e-Assessment Manager, SQA

Professor Cliff Beevers OBE taught Mathematics for over thirty years at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and was granted the title Professor Emeritus in 2005. Cliff worked for over two decades in the area of Computer Aided Assessment, mainly in the field of Mathematics. Through projects like CALM, MathWise, Interactive Past Papers, SCHOLAR and PASS-IT he sought to enhance the student experience in both secondary and tertiary education. Cliff has recently retired as the Chairman of the burgeoning e-Assessment Association.


Rob Gibson, Director of Business Systems, SQA. Rob joined SQA in September 2008 as the Business Systems Director.  Prior to joining SQA, Rob spent four years as a Management Consultant, delivering strategic IT solutions for a wide variety of organisations throughout the UK. Prior to becoming a Management Consultant, Rob had served for 20 years as an Army officer.  Originally in transport and logistics management, he also had appointments designing and delivering training and promotion courses, roles with the infantry and Royal Marines as well as serving in various operational theatres around the world including Northern Ireland, Bosnia and both Gulf wars.  In his final 6 years he took up appointments in IT and held a number of IT management roles. He is now a Fellow and a Chartered Member of the British Computer Society. He lives in Perthshire with his wife and two sons.  His interests include rugby, offshore sailing and distance running.


Alex Duff, Glow Project Education Scotland


Linda Steedman, e-com Scotland


Prof. Phillip John, SCHOLAR Programme, Heriot-Watt University, was born in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales into a mining family. He is currently Professor of Chemistry and Senior Dean of Science and Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. In the thirty-five years that he has been with Heriot-Watt he has published over 150 papers and eight patents and supervised 28 PhDs and had extensive learning and teaching experience. Ten years ago he led the Chemistry team in the creation of e-learning materials inside the SCHOLAR courseware  ( Since 2002 he has managed the SCHOLAR programme, and is Chair of the legal consultative body (the SCHOLAR Forum), which delivers complete Higher and Advanced Higher e-learning courses to students in virtually every state secondary school in Scotland, the independent sector and FE Colleges. The SCHOLAR team has successfully integrated the research findings of the PASS-IT assessment programme into the SCHOLAR courseware in over 20 subjects in mathematics, science, business and modern languages and represents a major deployment of formative e-assessment. He has been a member of the interim Management Board of the e-Assessment Association since its inception in 2006 and is currently  Chairman of eAA.


Jeremy Carter. Jeremy holds a BSc (Hons) in European Business & Technology and joined the BTL team in March 2006, bringing over 10 years’ Sales & Account Management experience in the learning and assessment field. Having been instrumental to BTL’s sales growth over the past few years, Jeremy now leads the Sales and Marketing team, taking responsibility for developing BTL’s market presence in the UK and implementing strategic expansion into the international arena. He also regularly attends and speaks at leading global assessment industry events .Jeremy is a member of BTL’s Innovations Committee and is a key contributor to the future development of BTL’s products and services.


Gerry Toner is indisposed, Harry Hughes will be speaking on his behalf, Harry writes “After thirty three years teaching I took early retirement from a Deputy Head post in a Lanarkshire comprehensive in 2006 (offer I couldn't refuse etc.). I immediately began working as an independent management consultant for SEEMIS who supply, and manage, the data base handling all aspects of personal and curricular data for pupils throughout most of Scotland 's schools. My work with SEEMIS involved training all staff in the use of SEEMIS and supporting School Management Teams in the effective introduction and exploitation of the program. I also undertook work on behalf as SCHOLAR (which I hope will need no introduction to your audience) as a trainer delivering CPD to teachers and induction programmes to pupils on the use of SCHOLAR. I am currently an Area Coordinator for SCHOLAR responsible for the development of SCHOLAR usage in a number of Local Authorities. I have, this year, been closely involved in the piloting of online CPD and pupil inductions for SCHOLAR. Client feedback to date has been very positive and we see this as a growing mechanism for providing support to SCHOLAR users across Scotland. For the last three years I have worked, on behalf of Rocket Learning, as a tutor in the City & Guilds Chartered Teacher Programme. I am also hoping to be involved in a similar role in the post CT world in the coming period.  I will provide a resumé of this during the presentation on Learning Assistant.”


Willie Davidson, Head of Centre, The Learning Centre. Willie worked for many years in the creative industry specialising in new media. He joined The Learning Centre, North Lanarkshire Council’s in-house multimedia service, 10 years ago with a remit of supporting learning and teaching across the Authority. Based inside the Bellshill Academy campus, The Learning Centre was the ideal partner for the school when they undertook the iPad pilot project. Willie has a history of supporting educators with new technologies inside schools and iPads are just the latest example of this.


Anne Munro, Head Teacher, Bellshill Academy. Anne was appointed to the post of Head Teacher of Bellshill Academy in January 2010. Following her graduation from Glasgow University, Anne trained as a Modern Studies teacher and taught in Calderhead High School before becoming Head of Department at Boclair Academy in Bearsden. During her time as Head of Department, Anne worked with HMIe to design the new Higher and Advanced Higher Modern Studies curriculum and acted as a consultant to the BBC’s Education Committee advising on educational broadcasts for schools. Prior to becoming a Head Teacher, Anne was Depute Head Teacher for 13 years at Chryston High School.


Gordon Brown, SQA


Walter Patterson has over 40 years of experience of working in education in Scotland.  As a HMI for 20 years he engaged in a variety of roles in relation to examinations and curriculum developments in Scotland.  Since retiring from the Inspectorate in 2005, Walter has helped to evaluate a range of projects related to e-learning and e-assessment. This work has included games-based assessment and the use of social media in assessment as well as participation in Becta’s Harnessing Technology initiative.  More recently he has collaborated with Bob Penrose to assess the benefits that online assessment brings to awarding bodies and to centres


Bob Penrose. Bob started work as a teacher and progressed to working for AQA for 33 years as variously Subject Manager, Project Manager for World Class tests and finally as Principal Manager for Technology.  The latter involved looking at new technologies and applications that could benefit the awarding organisation and centres in areas of teaching, learning and on-screen assessment. He spent a year on secondment to Becta as Head of e-Assessment developing their e-assessment strategy before its unfortunate closure.  Bob was a founding member of the e-Assessment Advisory Group and represented AQA for eight years. He has been a board member of the e-Assessment Association for three years and remains a member. Bob retired at the end of last year and now does some consultancy work in e-assessment. He has presented at e-assessment and education conferences


John Gordon FIMA, FBCS, FRSA.  John is the chief exec of Opus Learning Ltd.  - an SQA Centre developing content and systems to support SQA qualifications. We currently have our first HND completed – the HND in Business.  This HND is offered direct to students, and is a pure play eLearning offering with a range of assessment types including traditional proctored exams.  We also deliver our content and systems as white labelled products to other clients, and have agreed to carry out a range of pilots in the New Year, in England, Singapore and India. John will be discussing the Opus approach to portfolio, via an inline digital workbook which is completed by the student, and they work through each course.  This workbook can be for single or group student use, and in effect is our main formative assessment tool. It is also used as a valuable management tool to monitor student progress, to focus any need for intervention, and to assist with authentication.


Professor Robert Coe is Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), Durham University.  Before embarking on an academic career, Rob was a teacher of mathematics, with experience in a range of secondary schools and colleges. His research is also wide ranging, but focuses on ways of using evaluation and assessment to improve learning. He was a member of the Sykes Review of Assessment and is currently a member of Equal's Standards Advisory Group.


Martyn Ware is SQA’s Business Manager for CAA, a position he has held since SQA first established a dedicated CAA team in May 2003. Prior to this Martyn has worked in a number of areas of SQA’s operations including most recently managing some of its international activities. Martyn has an MBA from the University of Strathclyde Graduate School of Business.


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