Academic Profile


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My Blog on Podcasting and Robert Burns is here

Kevin's has taught across all sectors of Scottish Education.

His initial background is in teaching at secondary level in Scotland:  initially in Chemistry and Biology and then Computing 

He set up and ran the Computing Studies department in a large secondary school for many years with spells with the (now) Scottish Qualification Agency and SCOTVEC as subject marker, examiner and assessor.  Several secondments to local industry and one to the Scottish Executive also happened during this time.  He co-authored a variety of text books & software packages including the Leckie and Leckie Computing Studies Series - see here .

After a short time in secondary senior management working on school timetabling, he was seconded to the Tesco Schoolnet 2000 project - now schoolnet global -  working with over 200 schools in the North of Scotland. This gave an  opportunity to work with the primary sector for 18 months; both staff and pupils.   From there he joined Anglia Ruskin University's Ultralab - full time in 2000 as an action researcher & principal online facilitator, initially working on the  Online Community project "Talking Heads". He has also lectured in the informal FE sector for many years in Computing and music.

In 2007 he moved to the Education Faculty as a Principal Lecturer and in 2009 left to work as a consultant and public speaker.



Details of recent projects
Kevin was the Scottish contact for "notschool" - a research project investigating  reintroducing  long term absentees to learning and now a mainstream project in England. In 2002 he  was invited by the Scottish Executive to set up and manage the "Heads Together" project - an online community for school leaders in Scotland - which is now run very successfully by Learning Teaching Scotland, although he remains on board in a consultative role and on the advisory group.

He latterly worked on the Ultraversity project - an action research into online degrees for (mostly) mature people - as module leader and admissions tutor, recruiting students throughout the UK and beyond.

He regularly presents at conferences, usually about online collaborative learning   - details below.


Some feedback from presentations...

"This alone made this conference worthwhile": Making IT Personal - Greenwich - July 09

"Many, many thanks for Friday, it was exactly what we needed and reinforced what we have said to schools for many months.
Everyone found it extremely useful and could have continued to listen to what you had to say for much longer, as could I – so thanks.":
Keynote at Derby June 07

" Your presentation certainly energised the conference and gave a good many people food for thought ... I have to say that several people were genuinely inspired." Keynote at Sheffield Hallam University June 07

" A very dynamic presentation which matched the technology you were demonstrating." Elearning at the Cusp Staffordshire University 5/07

"  I especially enjoyed Kevin Thompson's presentation - very thought provoking."
"   Kevin Thompson - excellent."
"Kevin Thompson = absolutely inspirational!"
...UCISA Annual conference

"Your speech closed the conference on a high note - you were rated 3.9/4 - where 4 = Excellent!" ....Keynote presentation: Cambridge University


BSc in Chemistry
Diploma in Education
Diploma in Computer Education(TQ)
Masters in Education
Diploma in E-Learning(Assessment)

General Teaching Council - Scotland
Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT)
Association of University Teachers

and is more recently experienced in all aspects of online community facilitation and management and in elearning at tertiary level.   

On a personal level he is involved in the music and culture of Scotland especially Robert Burns- delivering talks and recitations - and  has performed and taught music to adult learners for many years on both guitar and mandolin.

He is delighted to talk about any or all of these things anywhere, anytime.

COS profile available here


K.Thompson & M. Hartley (2008) (Chapter In) Communities of Practice: Creating Learning Environments for Educators Eds Kimble & Hildreth, Information Age Publishing
K Thompson (2005) Computing Studies - Revision Notes , 8th Edition, Edinburgh, Leckie and Leckie
K Thompson & A Pardoe (1999) Questions in Standard Grade Computing , 2nd edition, Edinburgh, Leckie and Leckie,
K Thompson & A Pardoe (1996) Computing Studies - Higher Grade Revision , Edinburgh, Leckie and Leckie,

Papers and Presentations

Thompson K - 2011 - Cambridge Assessment Network Consultants Conference : Presentaton at Cambridge 13/10/11 available here

Thompson K - 2009 - "The old story told in a new way: Using technology to teach the life and works of Robert Burns.": Presentation at Crichton University Campus - Dumfries 25/7/09

Thompson K - 2009 - "Ultraversity: Successful personalised online learning using a work-based focus. ": Presentation at Making It Personal - 7th E-Learning Conference - University of Greenwich 8/7/09

Arnold L, Thompson K, Williams T - 2009 - "Advancing the Patchwork Text: The Development of Patchwork Media Approaches": Paper presented at 16th International Conference on Learning - Barcelona Spain 3/7/09

Thompson K - 2009 - "The old story told in a new way: Using technology to teach the life and works of Robert Burns.": Presentation at University of Glasgow Centre for Robert Burns Studies - Glasgow - 16/1/09

Thompson, K - 2008 - "Thoughts of Future Learning " : Presentation at Carnegie College - Dunfermline - 11/02/08.

Thompson, K - 2007 - "The Role of ICT in the Future of Education" : Presentation at Collier International Leadership Course- Cambridge- 6/11/07

Thompson K - 2007 - "ICT in Education; Personalised Learning and Building Schools for the Future" : Keynote Presentation at "Derbyshire: Bulding Schools for the Future" Conference : 29/6/07 - Contact me at the above email address for slides.

Thompson, K - 2007 - "Collaboration in an Online Environment" : Presentation at the West Midlands Education Technology Show - Solihull - 13/6/07

Thompson, K - 2007 - "Developing an Effective Distance Learning Pedagogy": Keynote Presentation at the 3rd Annual Learning Teaching and Assessment Conference, Sheffield Hallam University 5/6/07

Thompson, K -2007 - "Emerging Technologies for Online Collaboration". Presentation at 1st 'Elearning at the Cusp' Conference- Staffordshire University:Stoke 30/5/07. See here for details and slides

Arnold L and Thompson K - 2007 -' Learning to learn through real world inquiry in the virtual paradigm.' Paper presented at the 6th Centre for Learning and Teaching Research conference; Edgehill University 10/5/07 - see here for pdf

Thompson, K - 2007 - "Collaboration in an Online Environment" Keynote Presentation at the 10th Annual Cumbria ICT Conference - Rheged Cumbria 14/3/07 see here for details

Thompson, K - 2007 - "Collaborating Online " On line presentation to Final Years Students - Paisley University 12/3/07

Thompson, K - 2007 - "Collaborating Online " Presentation at the Urban Learning Space - Glasgow 15/02/07
see here for slides

Thompson, K - 2007 - "Collaboration in an Online Environment" Presentation at the Northern Education Technology Show - Newcastle   8/02/07
see here for slides

Thompson, K - 2006 - "Collaboration in an Online Environment" Presentation at the University of Edinburgh Star Gazing Conference- 24/11/06 - see

Thompson, K - 2006 - "Collaboration in an Online Environment" Presentation at the North West Education Technology Show - Bolton -15/11/06 

Thompson, K - 2006 - "Collaboration in an Online Environment" Presentation at the Scottish Education Show (SETT)  20/9/06  - see
or listen to the actual presentation here

Thompson, K - 2006 - "Collaboration in an Online Environment" Closing Keynote Presentation for UCISA - User Support Conference - Cambridge University 7/7/06. details here:-

Thompson, K - 2006 - "Collaboration in an Online Environment"  Presentation for the Scottish Further Education Unit: ICT Community of Practice Annual Conference: Cumbernauld  28/2/06:  details here:-

Thompson, K - 2005 -"Collaboration in an Online Environment"  Presentation for the  Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association Annual Conference: Newcastle  2/11/05 : Available at

Thompson, K-  2005 - ICT for School Management and Administration: Independent evaluation of PDA project for Learning Teaching Scotland: Available from -

Thompson, K and Hartley, M - 2002, 2003, 2004 - Initial, interim and Final reports to SEED and Learning Teaching Scotland on Heads Together - an online community for school leaders.

Russell, A and Thompson, K - 2002 - Talking Heads, It's Progress, transfer to Wales and Scotland and Relevance to the Republic of Ireland.  Presented to ITTE at Trinity College Dublin July 2002  Available  at paper2002.pdf

Jones, S., Lang, G., Terrell, I., Thompson, K., Ramondt, L. and ULTRLAB associates. Establishing On-line Communities for School Leaders: An Interim Report. Presented at BERA Conference: 2001.  Available  at bera2001th.pdf

The independent evaluation of LTScotland's pilot PDA project - ICTSMAD(2005)  available


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