About Sclater Digital

sclater-picture-1Lacking capacity or expertise to tackle issues relating to the use of educational technology at your institution? We may be able to help you.

Sclater Digital Ltd specialises in learning analytics, e-learning, educational technology and distance learning. We can offer:

  • Expert advice on issues relating to educational technology
  • Development of strategies, policy documents and project plans
  • Engaging training, workshops and presentations
  • Research and evaluation services

We combine expertise in technology, pedagogy and strategy with the ultimate aim of improving the educational experience for learners.

Consultant and Director, Niall Sclater, has 25 years of experience of innovation in online and distance education. He has worked at Glasgow University and Strathclyde University, where he was head of e-learning, responsible for research and development of e-learning systems and content. At The Open University he held senior roles over 9 years, initially directing a 3 year programme to build and roll-out an institutional virtual learning environment. Subsequently, as Director of Learning and Teaching, he was responsible for the development and adoption of learning technologies, e-learning and learning analytics for the institution’s 6,000 tutors and 200,000 students.

Niall has published widely, and wrote Learning Analytics Explained,published by Routledge in 2017. He has presented all over the World and worked on many collaborative national and international projects – all in areas related to the use of technology to enhance learning and teaching.

Current clients include:

  • University of Manchester – reviewing the use of student data in the Directorate for the Student Experience and proposing future developments
  • Jisc – as Senior Consultant to the Effective Learning Analytics Programme through advice, research, evaluation and community engagement

Other recent clients have included:

  • Edinburgh Whisky Academy – implementation of online Introduction to Whisky Certificate
  • University of Essex – advising on the University’s learning analytics strategy and procurement of a new virtual learning environment
  • University of Gloucestershire – developing the University’s policy on ethics and legal issues for learning analytics
  • University of Reading – advising on the University’s learning analytics strategy and project
  • Coventry University – training for academic staff developing a new online distance Masters programme
  • Dublin City University – training in learning analytics to staff from DCU and other European universities
  • Liverpool Hope University – training for academic staff in blended learning

Further back, as well as having long-term positions in innovation and the use of educational technology at The Open University, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Glasgow, Niall has worked for:

  • UNESCO – writing their policy brief on Cloud Computing in Education
  • Scottish Qualifications Agency – writing their Guidelines on Online Assessment for Further Education
  • Scottish Opera – providing consultancy on e-learning
  • Glasgow Caledonian University – delivering workshops for academic staff on how to teach online
  • University of Lancaster – carrying out a review of online assessment at the institution
  • University of Salford – providing training to academic staff on online assessment
  • Università politecnica delle Marche – assessing the institutional adoption of e-learning