Professor Tony Toole
1. Managing Director/Educational Consultant
Blue Anchor Cottage
Blue Anchor, Penclawdd
Swansea SA4 3JQ
tel: 01792 850803
2. Project Manager
Swansea Metropolitan/University of Wales, Trinity St David
Swansea SA1 6ED
tel: 01792 481000
University Subject Award Date
London University Medical Physics PhD 1979
University of South Wales Professional Development MA 2006
Aston University Business Administration MBA 1996
Swansea University Electronic Instrumentation MSc 1972
Open University Biological Sciences BA 1975
Swansea University Electrical Engineering BSc 1971
University of Oxford History of Art UGCert 2012
Visiting Professor, Swansea Metropolitan/University of Wales, Trinity St David
Visiting Professor, University of South Wales
Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology
Role: Managing Director/Educational Consultant
Employer: e-College.ac Ltd
From: November 2007
Brief Summary of responsibilities:
Director of an educational consultancy company specialising in all aspects of
technology enhanced learning. The main company activity is educational consultancy
and the facilitation of e-learning research and development projects for educational
institutions or consortia of institutions in the UK and Europe. This includes project
planning, funding procurement, team building, and project management.
Role: Project Manager
Employer: Swansea Metropolitan/University of Wales, Trinity St David
From: July 2008
Brief Summary of responsibilities:
Visiting Professor responsible for managing a number of funded research and
development projects involving e-Learning. The role includes liaising with
management, academic and support staff across the university; ensuring the
successful delivery of project outputs; liaising with the funding agencies, and
managing the project budgets. Additional work includes PhD supervision,
representing the university on EU and other Research Groups and acting in an
advisory capacity for TEL developments across the university.
Projects and Consultancy:
Currently three TEL projects/consultancies are being managed:
1. SMUDIE (Swansea Metropolitan University Data Integration Exercise): A
JISC funded project to optimize student information management systems at
Swansea Metropolitan using Enterprise Architecture, VSM and Soft Systems
modeling. Budget £15k. Scheduled completion: July 2013.
2. HPC Wales e-Learning Project: A consultancy through e-College.ac Ltd for
Fujitsu/HPC Wales for the development of HPC training online and guidance
in the validation as a PGCert in high performance computing. Budget £12k.
Scheduled completion: April 2014.
3. Strategic Insight Programme: A project with Swansea Metropolitan in
collaboration with JISC Advance and RSC Wales aimed at enhancing
institutional capacity to develop technology enhanced learning. Budget £2.5k.
Scheduled completion: July 2013.
Planning for future innovative projects is a part of the current role. Advice on EU and
JISC project funding opportunities is provided and engagement with the community
of practice ensured through participation in National and European practitioner
Date Employer Post
2000 - 2007 Coleg Sir Gâr Director of On-line Services
2000 - 2005 University of Glamorgan e-College Wales Partnership
1985 - 2000 Coleg Sir Gâr Dean of Faculty of Engineering
1982-1985 Swansea Metropolitan
Head of School of Electronics
1981- 1982 League of Red Cross
International Field Delegate,
1977-1980 University of Sussex Lecturer in Medical Electronics
1975-1977 Swansea University Post-Doctoral Research Assistant
1964-1968 GEC Ltd., Coventry Development Engineer
*Part secondment to manage the ECW partner college network.
JISC–CETIS Board Member
Member of the JISC Learning & Teaching Experts Group
Member of the WHEB European Digital Economy Research Coordinating Group
Scientific Committee Member, END 2013 Conference
Executive Program Committee Member, International Education Technology
2001-2002 Beacon Awards: Winner of the LSDA Award for e-Learning
2002 Fforwm Awards: Winner of the 2002 Award for e-Learning
Recently Completed e-Learning Projects:
1. PotsPan (Pilot of the SWANI Project Administrative Network): An
Embedding Benefits project based at Coleg Sir Gâr focused on sharing the
successful outcomes of a JISC project to digitize the management and
administration systems for work-based learning in Wales. Budget £40k.
Completed April 2013.
2. DEWI (Delivering Work-Based Improvements): A JISC Embedding
Benefits project based at Swansea Metropolitan in collaboration with Cardiff
Metropolitan University, aimed at implementing the JISC WBL Maturity Toolkit
in a number of Welsh universities to improve the quality of delivery. Budget
£40k. Completed April 2013.
3. JISC Curriculum Design Support and Synthesis project: a JISC funded
project to act as a Critical Friend to a cluster of technology enhanced
curriculum design projects managed by Staffordshire University, Bolton
University, Manchester Metropolitan University and Leeds Metropolitan
University. Budget £50k. Completed 2012.
4. SVEA: an EU funded multi-national project to develop training materials for
academic staff to use Web 2.0 technologies in the delivery of the curriculum.
Management of the Wales regional component for Coleg Sir Gâr. Budget
€96k. Completed 2011.
5. SWANI (Secure Work-based learning Administration through Networked
Infrastructure): A JISC funded project based at Coleg Sir Gâr to digitize the
work-based learning provision and implement a digital signature system that
meets EU and Welsh Assembly Government audit requirements. Budget
£50k. Completed 2011.
6. Bracken (Business Resource and Community Knowledge Exchange
Network): a JISC funded project, based at Swansea Metropolitan University,
to develop the business and community engagement activities of a multi-
institutional collaborative network in South West Wales. Lead partner:
Swansea Metropolitan University. Budget £100k. Completed 2011.
7. Review of the HEFCW e-Learning Strategy: e-College.ac Ltd was a partner
in the team of consultants evaluating and reporting on the progress against
targets for the e-Learning Strategy for Wales. Budget £18k. Completed 2011.
8. RATATAT (Remote Access to Academic Trials and Testing): a JISC
funded project to develop an online learning environment to allow distance
learning MSc NDT students at Swansea Metropolitan University access and
carry out sophisticated laboratory experiments remotely. Lead partner:
Swansea Metropolitan University. Budget £40k. Completed 2010.
9. WALES (Work-Based Access to Learning through E-Services):
management of a JISC funded research and development project evaluating
the use of mobile technology and social networking software in the support of
on-line distance learners. Lead partner: University of Glamorgan. Budget:
£96k. Completed 2009.
10. eTutor (Education Through Ubiquitous Technologies and On-line
Resources): management of a JISC funded research and development
project exploring the concept that on-line distance learning can be facilitated
using existing personal computing resources and learning materials freely
available on the Internet. Lead partner: Swansea Metropolitan University.
Budget: £50k. Completed 2009.
11. ReCITE (Reusable Content for IT Education): management of a JISC
funded development project evaluating the ability to re-purpose on-line
educational content developed by one institution in different curriculum areas
in other institutions. Lead partner: Swansea Metropolitan University. Budget:
£25k. Completed 2009.
12. The Wales e-Training Network (Phases 1 & 2): management of a KEF
funded network involving all Further Education and Higher Education
Institutions in Wales, collaborating in the delivery of on-line training solutions
for SMEs. Lead partner: Swansea Metropolitan University. Budget: £600k.
13. SUNIWE: management of a JISC funded project, led by Staffordshire
University, developing and testing methods for single sign-on access to
distributed e-learning resources. Lead partner for Wales: Coleg Sir Gâr.
Budget £143k. Completed 2007.
14. WETN Coordination: National Coordinator of a KEF funded network
involving all Further Education and Higher Education Institutions in Wales,
collaborating in the development of on-line training solutions for SMEs. Lead
partner: Coleg Sir Gâr. Budget: £50k. Completed 2006.
15. Evaluating Effective Practice with e-Learning: management of a JISC
funded consultancy project to judge the effectiveness of a new dissemination
method for their e-Learning project outcomes. Lead partner: Coleg Sir Gâr.
Budget £11,500. Completed 2006.
16. Implementing the ECW MLE: management of a JISC funded project to
evaluate the effectiveness of Managed Learning Environments operating
across institutional boundaries. Lead partner: University of Glamorgan.
Budget: £70k. Completed 2005.
17. The South West Wales Interoperability Project: management of a JISC
funded project to evaluate the ability of e-learning materials developed jointly
by five different FE institutions to fully transferable between five VLE
applications. Lead partner: Coleg Sir Gâr. Budget: £40k. Completed 2003.
18. The South West Wales e-Learning Consortium: management of a KEF
funded consortium of five HE & five FE institutions collaborating in the
development and testing of e-learning solutions for 450 employees in 150
SMEs in the region. Lead partner: Swansea Metropolitan University. Budget:
£593k. Completed 2003.
Toole, A. M. (2013) A Synthesis of Modeling Tools for Education Management
Systems Design. [to be published] ALT-C Conference: Building New Cultures of
Learning. Nottingham, September 2013.
Toole, A. M. (2013). Approaches to Open Innovation. Jisc-Cetis Conference: Open
for Education: Technology Innovation in Universities and Colleges. Birmingham.
Toole, A. M. (2012) Making Your Mark – Digital Signatures. JISC Innovating e-
Learning Online Conference. November 2012.
Toole, A. M. (2012) An EU Approved Digital Signature System. ALT-C Conference,
Manchester. September 2012.
Toole, A. M. & Khetaguri, T. (2011) Technology Enhanced Learning Research
Programme. Research-Teaching Practice in Wales 2011 Conference. Gregynog.
Toole, A. M. (2011) Stakeholder Engagement, Employability and the Responsive
Curriculum. ALT-C Conference, Leeds, September 2011.
Toole, A. M. & Khetaguri, T. (2011) Promoting the use of Web 2.0 Tools in European
Vocational Education and Training. ALT-C conference, Leeds, September 2011.
Toole, A. M. (2011) Social Media: Key Tools for the Future of Work-based Learning.
Development and Learning in Organizations: An International Journal. Volume 25,
issue 5. July 2011
Toole, A. M. (2011) Remote Access to Practical Work for Online Learners. The CAL
Conference 2011 Learning Futures, Education, Technology & Sustainability.
Manchester, April 2011.
Toole, A. M., Newrly, P. & Pede, S. (2010) How to promote social media uptake in
VET and adult training systems in Europe – Practical example of the European SVEA
project. eLearningEuropa eLearning Papers issue 22. December 2010.
Toole, A. M. (2010) Using Web 2.0 to deliver effective Distance Learning. University
of Glamorgan CELT Seminar Series. December 2010
Toole, A. M. (2010) Remote Access to Academic Trials & Testing. 7th
QRM Conference. Swansea, April 2010.
Toole, A. M. & Blackey, H. (2009) User technologies and the future mixed economy
of education. ALT-C Conference. Manchester, September 2009.
Toole, A. M. & Williams, J. (2009) Discovery learning through ubiquitous technologies
and open educational resources. Sloane-C International Symposium. San Francisco,
Toole, A. M. (2009) Masterclass in Web-enabled Discovery Learning. 3rd
Technology Supported Learning Conference. Staffordshire University. June 2009.
Toole, A. M. (2009) The 5-Minute Interview – eTutor. JISC Inform, May 2009.
Toole, A. M (2009) The WALES Project. JISC project Dissemination Conference.
Cardiff, April 2009.
Toole, A. M. (2009) The eTutor Project. JISC project Dissemination Conference.
Cardiff, April 2009.
Toole, A. M (2008) Globalised Learning: are Institutions Facing an Educational
Tsunami? ALT-C. Leeds, September 2008.
Blackey, H. & Toole, A. M. (2008) Crossing the Divide: Taking the University Into the
Workplace. ALT-C. Leeds, September 2008.
Toole, A. M. (2007) On-line Work-Based Learning. Consultation Conference on an e-
Learning Strategy for HE in Wales. Llandrindod Wells, November 2007.
Blackey, H. & Toole, A. M. (2007) Work-based Access to Learning through e-
Services. Consultation Conference on an e-Learning Strategy for HE in Wales.
Llandrindod Wells, November 2007.
Toole, A. M. & Blackey, H. (2007) From Control to Collaboration: Creating e-learning
across a national consortium. ALT-C. Nottingham, September 2007.
Toole, A. M. (2007) Guide to Good Practice in e-Learning. The European Regional
Information Society Association. Brussels. July 2007.
Toole, A. M. (2007) The e-Learning Working Group: Key Issues. Innovative Actions
Network Annual Conference. Bilbao, June 2007.
Toole, A. M. (2006) De-institutionalizing e-Learning: a Radical Proposal for Wales.
FACE 2006 Conference. University of Wales, Swansea. June 2006.
Toole, A. M. (2006) The Wales e-Training Network: Collaboration in Practice. IANIS+
Annual Conference. Brussels, May 2006.
Toole, A. M. (2006) Effective Practice with e-Learning: Evaluation Report. [online].
Toole, A. M. (2005) Collaborative e-Learning and Accommodating Different Cultures.
ALT-C Exploring the Frontiers of e-Learning. Manchester, September 2005.
Toole, A. M. (2005) Culture Change in The Think Tank: making lifelong learning a
reality. JISC InfoNet. Birmingham, August 2005.
Toole, A. M. (2005) Collaboration in Action. Dysg Conference: Wales – the e-
Learning Country. Swansea, June 2005.
Toole, A. M. (2005) Learning Design for the Online Learner. 5th
Annual Learning and
Teaching Conference, UWIC. Cardiff, 2005.