Consultancy work (most recent first)

Jisc Digital Capability Discovery Tool Accessibility and inclusion question set

Establish and lead a review group and process to develop a new question set on accessibility and inclusion for staff working in HE and FE educational institutions, for the Jisc discovery tool. Identify section headings, produce questions and feedback and collate appropriate resources.

June – Sept 2019

Jisc Digital Capability Service Digital Wellbeing study

Establish a shared vocabulary around digital wellbeing, identify good practice in the higher and further education sectors, produce recommendations for the Digital capability service.

April – August 2019

Jisc Digital Capability Discovery Tool Service

Support the transition to service of the Discovery tool. Content management, produce procedures and guidance materials.

November 2018 – July 2019

FP Business website


Redsign of FP Business website

October 2018


Jisc Digital Capability Discovery Tool – Pilot phase

New contracts to work with a team to pilot the Jisc Digital Capability Discovery Tool and create a series of assessments for staff and students in UK FE, Skills and HE sector.

March – Sept 2018

Jisc Digital Capability Human Resources study

Review of how Human Resources (HR)  departments in universities and FE colleges are supporting staff with the development of their digital capability. See this blog post about the final outcomes. Download two slide sets produced to help HR teams engage with the Jisc digital capabilities framework.

Building digital capabilities of staff: involving Human Resources teams in organisational approaches

Building digital capabilities of staff: a Jisc digital capabilities framework lens for Human Resources teams 

October 2017 – June 2018

Jisc Digital Capability Discovery Tool – Phase 2

Work with a team to amend content for several versions of the Discovery Tool following feedback and deliver a pilot at end of 2017

August 2017 – Sept 2018

Jisc FE & Skills Teaching Discovery Tool

Creating feedback and resources returned by the tool. Evaluation of the tool. Internal report

June – July 2017

Scottish Autism Women and Girls animated videos

Producing a series of videos for Scottish Autism on women and Girls and autism, covering diagnosis, parenting, mental health, education, employment and wellbeing.

July – August 2017

Jisc Digital Capability Discovery Tool

Work on feedback and resources returned by the tool when results are delivered

Feb – April 2017

3DVSL website design


Re-design of 3DVSL website – Railway training simulation and Virtual Reality company

April – May 2017

SWAN Scotland website design






Design of SWAN Scotland website – Scottish Women’s Autism Network

March 2017

Commonwealth Digital Education Leadership Training in Action (C-DELTA)

Creating Modules 1-3 of the Commonwealth Digital Education Leadership Training in Action (C-DELTA) – Mobilising resources, Developing digital identity and Engaging with networks.

Live online course in digital leadership

March – July 2017

Watch US Grow website design






Design of Watch US Grow website – Scottish Charity

Jan – Feb 2017

Jisc What makes a successful online learner webinar

A Jisc online webinar in January 2017 which presents an overview of key findings from the digital student online learners study which included a literature review of current research and consultation with online learners and staff through the #OLSuccess week. The final report What makes a successful online learner? offers recommendations for institutions, staff and learners to support and improve online learners’ digital experience.

12th January 2017

Jisc Digital Capability Playlists

Collation of resources to support the Digital Capability Discovery tool.

December – July 2017

Open University Language teaching evaluation

Evaluation of pilot online classroom activities for OU language teaching

January – Sept 2016 (Internal report only)

Jisc review of online learners’ expectations and experiences of the digital environment











Review of existing research into expectations and experiences of online learners in higher education (HE) and further education (FE) and skills.

March – July 2016

Range of outputs from the study

Enviroliance website redesign



Redesign of Enviroliance website, Scotland

March 2016

Jisc Scaling up Online Learning Guides and Diagnostic Tool

Development of the content for the Scaling up online learning Toolkit and working with  SkillSet Limited to develop the diagnostic tool as part of the Online Course for the project.

April – March 2016

online learning readiness tool

Guides and checklists

  • Scaling up online learning provides a strategic view of different models and the implications of implementing online learning at an institutional level
  • Curriculum design and support for online learning helps you make decisions around curriculum design and determine support needs when scaling up online learning
  • Technology and tools for online learning provides guidance, resources and case studies around the use of technology to support online courses and distance learning programmes.

Improving social capital for learning

Part of an Open University team researching how professionals self-regulate their learning through (and after) an editathon (Wikipedia editing event at University of Edniburgh). Looking at how professional practice changes. Contributed to instrument design and carried out online interviews with participants.

July – December 2015

FP Business services websites

Development new website for FP Business Services

Digital capabilities frameworks

Contribution to Jisc study led by Helen Beetham

March – July 2015

Revisiting digital capability for 2015

Framework review

Evaluation of Coventry University Open Media Courses

Evaluation of Open Media Courses at Coventry University on behalf of Jisc.

January 2014 – July 2015

Final jisc report as a PDF

COMC evaluation Website

Research study – Open Self-Regulated Learning OSRL

Working with Glasgow Caledonian University on research into open self regulated learning with participants of the Introduction to Data Science MOOC.

Oct 2014 – December 2014

Redesign of Innovation Centres Scotland Ltd. website

Sept – Dec  2014

Open University FutureLearn MOOC Evaluation

Evaluation study of FutureLearn OU Courses

May 2014 – July 2014

Redesign of Gaelic-Arts Website

April 2014 – May 2014

Research study – Self-Regulated Learning and professional practice

Working with Glasgow Caledonian University on research into self regulated learning and professional learning with participants of the fundamentals of Clinical Trials MOOC.

December 2013 – February 2014

Open University MOOC Facilitator Review and Evaluation

Evaluation study of FutureLearn OU Course Facilitators.

January 2014 – February 2014

JISC Digitisation and OER

Synthesis of outcomes and outputs from this strand of projects and incorporation into the OER infoKit

January – July 2013

Digitisation & OER: synthesis report

Short url:

Download as a pdf document


Overview and Analysis of Practices with Open Educational Resources in Europe.  European Commission Joint Research Centre. 

August 2012 – June 2013

Working with Glasgow Caledonian University the project aims to provide an overview of Open Educational Practices in Europe by identifying, describing and classifying a comprehensive number of OER initiatives in Europe in the area of Lifelong Learning and adult education. It will identify bottlenecks and barriers to the innovative implementation OER in adult education and to discuss factors for the successful implementation, up-scaling and mainstreaming of innovative practices with OER.

Final report (including inventory, typology, and SWOT analysis)

Fluid learning: vision for lifelong learning in 2030, in Open Education 2030 part 1: Lifelong Learning. This was our response to a call for vision papers by IPTS in preparation for the workshop in Seville in April 2013.

OER4Adults SWOT Summary draft for Seville workshop April 2013

OER4Adults Seville presentation v3 Presentation from Seville workshop April 2013

JISC Developing Digital Literacies Programme

July 2011 to July 2013

Synthesis consultant with Helen Beetham to support this programme of activities.

HEFCE OER review

May 2012 – May 2013

A cumulative evaluation and synthesis of the entire HEFCE funded intervention in OER – which includes all phases of UKOER and the Open University SCORE activities.

  1. Retrospective re-evaluation of the findings from phases 1 and 2, to include the gathering of further data from projects beyond their funded life.
  2. Evaluation of currently active SCORE supported work, using a methodology compatible with the core UKOER methodology.
  3. Retrospective evaluation of SCORE supported work, and the incorporation of this into the core UKOER methodology.
  4. A cumulative synthesis of findings from the above strands and the parallel evaluation/synthesis of UKOER phase 3, and the presentation of this in formats suitable for researchers, policy-makers and a general audience.

McGill, L., Falconer, I., Dempster, J.A., Littlejohn, A. and Beetham, H. Journeys to Open Educational Practice: HEFCE OER Review Final Report. JISC, 2013

Open University Library user requirements study

User requirements study around staff use of OER – unpublished report.

February – May 2013

Open University Badging Pilot

Following up earlier report and advising on first phase of implementation of badging for informal learners on OpenLearn courses

April – May 2012

OER infoKit updating

December – January 2013

Updating OER infoKit to include outcomes and outputs of UKOER Programme phases 2 and 3

JISC UKOER Programme phase 3 Synthesis and Evaluation Project

October 2011 – March 2013

Member of a team providing a range of activities to support an ongoing evaluation and synthesis of the Open Educational Resources (OER) programmes. The synthesis wiki now holds three years worth of materials and information emerging from three phases of the programme. I led on the development of an  Evaluation toolkit and  briefing papers for the wider community.

Myscience online strategy review

August – January 2013

Supporting Myscience to conduct a review into their online education strategy for supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education professionals.

JISC Relationship Management Programme synthesis

July -December 2012

Synthesis of Strand on Alumni Engagement with JISC CETIS. Relationship Management InfoKit

JISC Innovating Learning Online conference 2012

April 2012 – December 2012

Member of the planning and co-ordination team. Themes and speakers currently being developed for conference in November.

ReACTOR Project, Doncaster College

October 2011 – October 2012

External evaluator for this UKOER project focusing on Renewable, Environmental and Construction Technology Open Resources

Scotlands Colleges – Engagement strategy for Re:Source repository

July – October 2012

Working with Scotlands Colleges to prepare an Engagement strategy and action plan for the Re:Source repository

Open University – badging feasibility study

June to July 2012

Internal Report of work to investigate strategic, operational and technical implications of the potentials of badging for informal learners at the OU. Involved working with a wide range of stakeholders within the institution to ensure that all aspects of institutional needs and students were included.


March to April 2012

Carried out interviews for a research survey into Self Regulated Learning which aims to surface, describe and systematise the activities and strategies that adult learners use to self-regulate their learning in the context of a massive open online course (MOOC), in particular Change 2011 MOOC.

Jorum business case

March 2012

Commissioned to write a supporting paper for Jorum business case and input to developing the business case.
A National OER Service for the UK

JISC CETIS Articles and timelines

January 2012 to April 2012

I  was commissioned by JISC CETIS to write a series of articles and timelines to provide a CETIS viewpoint on the history of developments in three key areas of activity since the early 2000’s.

JISC HE Academy UKOER programme phase 2 – synthesis and evaluation

Synthesis and evaluation of the programme which built on the pilot porgramme activities (see below). Final synthesis  report of UKOER phase 2  Authors: Lou McGill, Helen Beetham, Isobel Falconer, Allison Littlejohn. November 2011

JISC CETIS other voices

I wrote a series of articles for JISC CETIS Other voices blog about the JISC Institutional Approaches to Curriculum Design Programme

Curriculum Design: The Big Picture June 2011

Curriculum Design: X marks the spot? July 20

XCRI-CAP – now is the time August 2011

Literacy in the Digital University (ESRC funded series of seminars)

Participated in a seminar series with a group of researchers and practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds who were interested in the use of digital modes of communication in post-school education, to problematise the concept of Literacy in this context, to evaluate teaching and learning practices informed by the concept of digital literacy, and to form a research network that will stimulate further research and critical evaluation in this highly significant area of educational development.

The series addresses an educational context in which institutional policies and strategies are beginning to reflect new pedagogical and business models centred on social networking technologies and the blending of formal and informal learning (Katz 2008, Seely Brown & Adler 2008, Trinder at al 2008, Walton et al 2008). We use the term university to indicate the central focus of the research agenda which will be a key output of the series – the seminars themselves will focus on a variety of formal and informal contexts of learning in the post-school sector (FE; HE; Libraries, and other areas of public, corporate and professional education), in recognition of the converging of aspects of curriculum and practice across these domains that is shaping the development of the university in the digital age.


Littlejohn, A., Beetham, H. and McGill, L. Digital literacies as situated knowledge practices: academics’
influence on learners’ behaviours in Goodfellow, R and Lea, M. (eds) Literacy in the Digital University? Critical perspectives on learning, scholarship, and technology, Routledge, 2013 (forthcoming July 2013)

JISC Online Innovating e-Learning Conference November 2011

June 2011 – November 2011

Member of planning and co-ordination team. The title of the 2011 conference, Learning in transition, reflected the challenges institutions and practitioners face in the fast-changing landscape of post-16 education, including preparing students for employment.

Transforming curriculum delivery through technology

Sept 2008 – April 2011

Member of the JISC synthesis and support team for the Curriculum Delivery projects – in this context curriculum delivery is meant as shorthand to embrace the many ways in which learners are enabled to achieve the outcomes offered to them by a curriculum. Projects focus on processes which take place when real learners engage with a designed curriculum. Teaching, learning support, advice and guidance, coaching, mentorship, peer and collaborative learning, feedback and assessment, personal development planning and tutoring, skills development and practice, and enabling access to curriculum resources are all processes that might be involved. By the term ‘delivery’ we don’t intend that projects should focus on the delivery of information to learners, or suggest that this is an appropriate or adequate way of enabling learners to achieve curriculum goals.   Project outcomes and outputs are incorporated into the JISC Design Studio, which I have also been working on in relation to this programme of work. The final synthesis report is entitled Curriculum Innovation: pragmatic approaches to transforming learning and teaching through technologies and was published on 13th April 2011.

JISC Online Innovating e-Learning Conference November 2010

June 2010 – November 2010

Member of planning and co-ordination team. Entitled “Bringing innovation to life: From adversity comes opportunity ”  the programme aims to explore how technology-enhanced learning can help universities and colleges to continue to compete globally; support them to meet and overcome the challenges presented by the current climate of economic constraint and to develop forward-looking educational futures.

Digital Repositories Infokit

Launched September 2010

I augmented an existing JISC Infonet infokit to include issues affecting learning and teaching repositories.

OER Infokit

Launched June 2010

I worked on both the structure and content of the JISC Infonet infokit on Open Educational Resources. This work was done in parallel to the OER Pilot Programme work and will be regularly updated as the JISC/HE Academy programme activities continue.

JISC HE Academy UKOER Pilot Programme Synthesis and Evaluation Project

June 2009-August 2010

Project which provided a range of activities to support evaluation and synthesis of the Open Educational Resources (OER) pilot programme. The project developed a wiki to support the programme and also used this to publish the final report. Final report of the JISC/HE Academy OER Pilot Programme Evaluation and Synthesis Team. Authors: Lou McGill, Helen Beetham, Isobel Falconer, Allison Littlejohn August 2010

JISC Online Innovating e-Learning Conference November 2009

July 2009 – November 2009

Member of planning and co-ordination team. Entitled “Thriving, not just Surviving”  the programme reflected the challenges facing further and higher education institutions in the 21st century and featured leading thinkers, broadcasters and academics, such as Charles Leadbeater, Nigel Paine, Helen Beetham, Rhona Sharpe (Oxford Brookes University), Peter Bradwell, (Demos). Papers are available on the website, including recordings of many live sessions in Elluminate.

Engaging Learning in Social Software

OCLD course (Oxford Brookes University) June-July 2009 led by Patsy Clarke

Co-tutor – Social software such as Facebook, Myspace, Flickr and Blogger as well as the collaboratively constructed and published information found on Wikipedia are widely used by learners. This course focuses on enhancing teaching and learning by harnessing the potential of social software tools for interactivity and engagement and their incorporation in authentic learning activities. With active participation and collaboration with use of the software tools you will leave the course with ideas for their integration into online and blended coursework.

Study on Learning Literacies for a Digital Age (LLiDA)

July 2008 – May 2009

A JISC funded research study which aimed to find out what literacies learners require and what UK HE and FE institutions are doing to support them. The study aimed to inform JISC and the wider UK FE and HE communities by providing a better understanding of learning literacies, how they are evolving, how requirements are changing, and how they may be supported in different contexts. Thriving in the 21st century: Learning Literacies for the Digital Age (LLiDA project). Helen Beetham, Lou McGill, Prof. Allison Littlejohn. June 2009 (pdf) Thriving in the 21st century: Learning Literacies for the Digital Age (LLiDA project). Executive Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations. Helen Beetham, Lou McGill, Prof. Allison Littlejohn. June 2009 (pdf)

Study on the evidence base in support of sharing learning materials

July 2008 -December 2008

A five month JISC funded study to investigate, identify and articulate the evidence for a range of business cases and models for sharing learning materials within the UK Higher Education community. Informed the HE Academy JICS UKOER programme. McGill, L and Currier, S and Duncan, C and Douglas, P (2008) Good intentions: improving the evidence base in support of sharing learning materials. Project Report.

JISC Online Innovating e-Learning Conference 4-7 November 2008

July 2008 – November 2008

Member of planning and co-ordination teamThemes focused on the productive and energising tension between the tried and tested and the wholly innovative. e-Learning may now have established a foothold in learning and teaching, but are the demands of delivering the curriculum restricting its innovative potential? How can we plan to ensure the best possible e-enhancement of learning in the future? A very successful conference – papers available on the website, including recordings of live sessions.

JISC Online Innovating e-Learning Conference November 2010

June 2010 – November 2010

Member of planning and co-ordination team. Entitled “Bringing innovation to life: From adversity comes opportunity ”  the programme aims to explore how technology-enhanced learning can help universities and colleges to continue to compete globally; support them to meet and overcome the challenges presented by the current climate of economic constraint and to develop forward-looking educational futures.