John Sumpter

Subject specialist: digital practice (leadership)

My blog posts

Understanding the Challenges

John reflects on the upcoming Digital Leaders Programme and the development of a session that looks at how digital leaders can approach challenges... >>

Inspiring learning blog


I lead the digital leaders programme at Jisc. I have been a keynote speaker at international conferences in the UK, USA, Germany and South America.

Recent interventions include:

  • Advising senior university leaders on digital transformation while bridging the gap between academia and technology
  • Digital programme design/re-design, launch and management
  • Virtual learning environment development, management and assessment including Blackboard, Moodle and Canvas
  • Staff and student digital skills development
  • Online teaching and delivering interactive and engaging webinars to large audiences


My discipline background in education is underpinned by a postgraduate certificate in higher education (PGCHE), master's in online and distance education (MA ODE (Open)), certified online learning facilitator (COLF) and I am a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). 

Since 2003 I have been active in the field of educational technology, working as a project manager, senior lecturer, innovation manager and subject specialist. 

Previous international work includes:

Many of my publications and presentations can be downloaded from my website and via my Twitter account - @sumpterjohn.


VLE review report 2020
Co-authored this report analysing the VLE reviews we completed with our members. 
Read my related blog post, 'VLE success is not about tech, it’s about practice and people'.