John Sumpter

Subject specialist: teaching, learning and assessment


Providing impactful practical support and assistance to Jisc members.

Focusing on how member organisations can enhance the student experience through the use of technology to support teaching learning and assessment.


I have fifteen years experience of digital pedagogy, strategy, and implementation working across a variety of sectors including business delivery and education.

I have led teams and worked at a senior level to successfully scope, design and deliver many high-quality learning and development activities that utilise blended and distance learning approaches. These experiences have incorporated technology appropriately to enhance inclusivity while ensuring barriers to learning remain low.

A focus of my work is to enable institutional change, ensuring operations and protocols are in place, robust, and scalable to deliver learning activities that support an institution, today and into the future.

My research interests include online curriculum development, collaborative learning, flexible learning approaches, virtuality including the use of augmented reality and mixed reality, and the creation and application of visual learning objects where content remains the focus, not the interface.

During my career, I have gained the following academic credentials and honours:

  • Postgraduate certificate in higher education
  • Masters in online and distance education
  • Learning and Teaching Excellence Award
  • Senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy

In 2016 I started my professional doctorate in education (EdD) focusing on technology enhanced learning.