About the team

The core team for the study will consist of Giles Pepler, Nick Jeans and Barry Phillips from Sero Consulting, supported by Seb Schmoller (Sero Associate). In addition, we will be looking for advice and support from external experts and key stakeholders, including FELTAG Coalition members.

Giles Pepler Giles Pepler is the project manager and lead consultant. He will lead Work Stream 3. He has been a Senior Consultant at Sero since 2006, following a career as a secondary Headteacher and FE college Principal. He has recently completed a research paper on open educational resources for adult learning for the European Parliament, which we shall draw on for this study.

Nick JeansNick Jeans is a Senior Consultant (Learning Technology) at Sero. He is a Jisc ePED expert and also an inclusion specialist, with over 20 years’ experience of teaching and ten years of developing and delivering CPD for teachers with BECTA, LSDA (as was) and Techdis in Staff Development workshops in Colleges, City Learning Centres, staff training centres and schools with a particular interest in the use of technology to make learning more accessible for all.

BarryBarry Phillips is a Senior Consultant at Sero. He is a specialist in new and emerging technologies for learning, teaching and social inclusion and has led literature searches and reviews for a range of national and international projects.


SebSchmollerSeb Schmoller is a Sero Associate. He has been actively involved in online learning since the early 1990s. Between 1996 and 2002 he led The Sheffield College’s successful efforts to develop online courses in a range of subjects including on how to be an online tutor. From 2003 until May 2012 Seb worked for the Association for Learning Technology (ALT), the UK’s leading membership organisation in the learning technology field, latterly as ALT’s Chief Executive.



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