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Joe Wilson


Joe Wilson co-founder of the Open Scotland initiative , he is a UK and international education consultant and the former Chief Executive of the College Development Network. His work mainly focuses on College and work-based education and its structures and practices. He is currently the UK Ambassador for the Association of Learning Technology and Co-Chair of ALT in Scotland, a board member of Youth Link Scotland and Kelvin College Glasgow. He has held a number of public appointments in Scotland over the last 20 years mainly in areas around adult and community education, qualifications recognition, learning technology and on-line assessment . Previously a school teacher, an adult education tutor, a college lecturer and a senior manager in a number of Scottish Colleges before working for a range of national agencies and non-departmental public bodies. Across UK he has served as an Executive Board Member of NILTA and as a member of the Joint Information Systems Committee ( Jisc) Information Environment Committee.

Recent consultancy work has been in areas around evaluating the economic and social impact of specific massive open on-line courses, providing advice and support to JISC and in turn the UK Government to make the new English apprenticeship frameworks more open to on-line delivery and assessment. In addition he provides a range of consultancy and support to organisations seeking to develop their offerings for the post 16 learning market in the UK and Internationally.

He has an ongoing interest in Open Education and was one of the co-developers of the Open Scotland Declaration and served as an advisor to JORUM the UK national repository for learning and teaching materials from its inception . As Head of New Ventures at the Scottish Qualifications Authority he secured a public statement of recognition in Scotland for Open Badges as a valid means to recognise achievement in formal and informal learning. Through his consultancy he remains an active evangelist for open educational practice.