Key Information

Over the years we’ve worked with a wide variety of clients, including publishers, universities, app and software developers, charities, schools, online and blended course providers and more. We provide consultancy to a wide range of prestigious educational institutions and publishers. We have an outstanding track record in helping our clients find sustainable quality solutions for their specific educational challenges in the area of learning technologies.

What We Do

Gordon Lewis
With TCE there's always a high standard. We know we're going to get quality work, and that's obviously very important to us (...) we're working together to explore things that are new and haven't been done before, and that kind of visionary approach is key - we don't want to do what has already been done, but something new and unique."

Gordon Lewis

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VP Languages - Laureate Education, US

Highly experienced in the field of online training and consultancy, The Consultants-E is uniquely placed to help you find cost-effective, efficient and pedagogically sound solutions to a wide range of educational challenges. If you are interested in exploring how educational technology can best support learning in your institution, we can help. We work with schools, universities, and private educational foundations, as well as with Ministries of Education and NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations), to find the best educational technology approach for your particular needs and context.

How We Work

We liaise closely with our clients, collaboratively explore solutions, and then work towards successful implementation with you. We emphasise collaborative practices and sustainability. We ensure that our work with you is carried out in consultation with the key stakeholders, so that new projects and approaches are successfully embedded for long-term solutions.

  • Materials design (for print and digital)
  • Course design (Moodle, Blackboard, Schoology)
  • Bespoke face-to-face and distance training (via video-conferencing)
  • Learning community (CoP) design, seeding and support
  • Digital competence / assessment framework development
  • Project assessment and evaluation
  • Strategic EdTech implementation planning
  • Social media implementation and management
  • Responsive web design (company, personal, author sites & mobile Moodle)
  • Digital Marketing
  • Much more…

Clients & Projects

Over the years we’ve worked with a wide variety of clients, including publishers, universities, app and software developers, charities, schools, online and blended course providers and more. We provide consultancy to a wide range of prestigious educational institutions and publishers. We have an outstanding track record in helping our clients find sustainable quality solutions for their specific educational challenges in the area of learning technologies.

  • Our international consultancy work with universities and large educational institutions includes the creation of tailor-made training materials and digital products, and offering bespoke f2f and online training, as well as guidance in developing large-scale online communities of practice. In addition, we were one of the first consultancies to help universities set up educational spaces in the 3-D virtual world Second Life.
  • We also work with many prestigious educational publishers, helping them understand how digital technology is fundamentally changing the nature of publishing, affecting digital and traditional print products. Our consultancy work with publishers has included the development of digital products, and digital competences frameworks, as well as guidance on how to prepare for an increasingly technological future.
  • Our work with a large number of internationally recognised language schools and institutions has included guiding and supporting the development of strategic implementation plans to ensure an effective and sustainable use of a range of educational technologies, bespoke online training course design, developing and providing training, and embedding continual professional development frameworks to ensure uptake of learning technologies within the institutions.
Laureate Education

Laureate International Universities approached us to help find a technology-based, educationally-sound solution to a dilemma. With several thousand English language teachers based in over 80 universities around the world, there was a pressing need for less qualified teachers to learn how to effectively deliver online and f2f language classes. Laureate also needed to create a robust online community for its large international network of teachers, with an integrated continual professional development component.

Case Study: Laureate Education

  • In consultation with Laureate stakeholders and teachers, we designed 150 hours of tailor-made, tutor-supported, online teacher training courses to ensure that Laureate teachers across the network learned about current best practices in language teaching, and were able to apply this knowledge to their own particular teaching contexts
  • We project managed writing teams for the online courses, and oversaw content development in the SmartBuilder platform, as well as sourcing and editing a wide range of video, audio and graphic assets
  • We trained key Laureate staff to deliver future iterations of these online training courses, ensuring self-sufficiency and sustainability across the network
  • We developed and seeded an online community around pedagogically-focused ‘missions’ to provide just-in-time training for teachers as a supplement to the formal online training courses
  • Currently, we run bespoke online teacher training courses in blended learning methodology, for specially selected Laureate teachers, and continue to consult for Laureate on a regular basis.

Case Study: TransformELT

TransformELT is an English Language Teaching consultancy building innovative strategies for change. They enable organisations, institutions and individual ELT professionals to define, design and deliver their development plans.

  • We designed, implemented and produced a responsive website for this new and growing consultancy company.
  • We developed an in-house EdTech strategy for secure backups, storage, antivirus and document sharing.
  • We designed, configured and themed a custom Moodle installation for the company’s growing project and consultancy needs.
TransformELT
Bell Foundation

Case Study: Bell Cambridge

A well-known teaching institution in the UK offering Cambridge ESOL accredited teacher training courses, Bell approached us to review and redesign their DELTA course modules. We redesigned the course for mobile first, ensuring that content looked attractive across mobile devices and desktops, and we refocused course content and designed tasks around a socio-constructivist approach to learning. The course tutors were invited to take part in the development process to ensure buy-in to the project, and to ensure a sustainable and effective implementation of the new materials and approach post-project.

We have also worked on Moodle development for the Bell Foundation.

Case Study: British Council

Core Skills Project: monitoring and evaluation in five countries in the Americas (2016 to the present). The programme aims to support the integration of 21st century skills, including digital literacy, into low-resource classroom environments, and also features a particular focus on gender-related issues. Development of logframe indicators & evaluation design; quantitative & qualitative data analysis; regular high-quality reports including recommendations.

Access English Project: consultancy on the design and development of a six-country virtual teachers’ support network, Access English, in South East Asia. Desk research, in-country focus groups, teacher meetings and MoE and associated stakeholder meetings and research.

The British Council is a UK government-funded educational body, which works with Ministries of Education, NGOs, and other educational bodies all over the world to promote English language learning and teacher training.

Through tender, we have been invited by The British Council to work on over thirty international education-based projects since the early 2000s, and we continue to work with them on a regular basis.

We have also worked on British Council projects in the following areas: teacher training, online teacher training materials development, technology implementation in low-resource contexts, EdTech research (mobile learning, primary learning) educational uses of social media platforms, and more.
NILE is a well-respected accredited teacher training institute with an excellent track record in f2f training. NILE planned to start offering training courses online, and approached us for help in the design and delivery of online training.

Case Study: NILE

  • We developed a curriculum and oversaw the writing and development of a new flexible and modular online MA in English Language Teaching for NILE, accredited by the University of Chichester (UK), and launched in 2014.
  • NILE and The Consultants-E were shortlisted for a 2015 British Innovation Award for this innovative online MA programme.

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The Directors

Gavin Dudeney - Director of Technology

Gavin is Director of Technology at The Consultants-E, and lead tutor (MATALL) on the NILE / University of Chichester MA in Professional Development for Language Education. He has worked in education for the past twenty-nine years and gives seminars, workshops and teacher training courses for practising teachers all over the world and is also involved in materials development, for both print and online delivery. He is a past coordinator of the IATEFL Learning Technologies Special Interest Group and also past editor of the SIG newsletter. In 2007 he was elected Honorary Secretary of IATEFL, and in 2011 he became the first Chair of the Electronic Committee (ElCom). Since stepping down from IATEFL in the spring of 2013, he has volunteered as a trustee for the International House Trust in London, and also served on the Educational Writers’ Committee for the Society of Authors. He is currently a trustee for Volcano Theatre Company in Swansea. Gavin lives in Wales, where the company is also based… MORE >>

Nicky Hockly - Director of Pedagogy

Nicky is Director of Pedagogy at The Consultants-E and has worked in the field of face-to-face and distance language education since 1987. She holds an MA in TEFL from the Universidad de Granada (2000), a CTEFLA (1987) and a DTEFLA (1991). From 1997 – 2002, she worked as the Academic Director of one of the first fully online MA in English Language Teaching programmes, with a consortium of Spanish and Latin American universities under the auspices of Funiber (Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana). She became one of the founding directors of The Consultants-E in 2003. Nicky is an international plenary speaker, and she runs workshops and teacher training courses for language teachers all over the world. She is also a well-known author of methodology books on the application of technology to language teaching. She is currently also on the Editorial Board of the TESOL Journal, a member of the Oxford University Press ELT Expert Panel, a consultant for Cambridge University Press’ ‘Cambridge English Teacher’ platform, and a member of the NILE Advisory Board. Nicky lives in Barcelona, Spain… MORE >>

We work with an international team of qualified and experienced freelancers specialising in online education, consultancy, web design, materials and course design, research and more. Our freelance team extends from Brazil in South America, over to Australia, taking in the USA, the UK, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Italy and lots of other countries on the way… MORE >>

Company History

Pre History

Joining Forces

Nicky and Gavin met in the late nineties, whilst working together at the online language school Net Languages. Gavin was Lead Developer for the technical team, whilst Nicky was part of the materials writing team. They gradually discovered a shared interest in teacher development and online courses, and hatched a plot to start their own company
Pre History

2003

First Online Courses

In January of 2003 they ran their first online e-Moderation course to test the waters. Much of this course was based on Nicky’s previous work on an online MA for Latin America. The course was a resounding success.
2003

2003

Company Formed

The Consultants-E was officially formed in April of 2003 – initially with a third partner, who later left to pursue a career in education technology at tertiary level in the UK. The company initially started with one course.
2003

2004

Consultancy Beginnings

With more educational institutions moving into blended and online learning, The Consultants-E were soon in demand as consultants, helping others to convert their courses to blended and online delivery modes.
2004

2005

New Courses

With more demand came more courses. The company developed its first course in using EdTech in the classroom, and a variety of shorter courses looking at key EdTech approaches in the Web 2.0 era.
2005

2007

Awards & Certificates

With their key EdTech course winning a prestigious British Council ELTons award in 2007, The Consultants-E went on to further develop the course, turning it into the CertICT, a full qualification validated by Trinity College London.
2007

2009

CertIBET

In 2009, The Consultants-E launched the first fully-online CertIBET, jointly managed and validated by Trinity College London and English UK. Written by Nicky and Carl Dowse – and tutored by Carl Dowse – this course has prepared over 200 teachers to enter the world of professional English
2009

2010

New Relationships

This year saw The Consultants-E start work for Laureate Education on an ambitious online global teacher training initiative – a relationship which survives and thrives to this day. Many hundreds of teachers in the Laureate network have trained on this programme.
2010

2012

NILE

In 2012 The Consultants-E started another long-term relationship – with the Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE), with Nicky & Gavin working on a suite of online courses for the organisation, and Gavin writing and tutoring on the NILE MA MATALL module (Technology Assisted Language Learning). Another professionally-rewarding long-term relationship.
2012

2012

Moving Countries

With Gavin’s return to the UK – and Spain’s economy suffering – Nicky & Gavin decided to move the company to the UK and set up there. Day-to-day administration passed from Nicky in Spain, to Gavin in the south-west, and later, in Wales, where the company is now based. This also saw the start of the rebrand to TCE, with a new mobile-friendly website.
2012

2013

More Awards

2013 saw the publication (co-written with Dr. Mark Pegrum of UWA) of ‘Digital Literacies’, a ground-breaking EdTech book for a new era of communication. The book went on to win the British Council – Society of Authors award in 2014. Initially published by Pearson, this book is now looked after by Routledge.
2013

2015

More Books

In 2015 Nicky & Gavin published ‘Going Mobile’, part of the DELTA Handbooks for Teachers series. This was the first mLearning book to be published for ELT, and continues to be a best-seller today.
2015

2016

New Courses

With more teachers going freelance, and a blooming business in teaching online via Skype and other video-conferencing platforms, TCE launched a new two-week course ‘Teaching Live Online’. To date, over 100 teachers have benefitted from this course in their daily practice. TCE were also one of the three founding partners of AQUEDUTO – the Association for Quality Education and Training Online.
2016

2017

And More Courses

Always on-trend, TCE launched ‘Teaching One-to-One’ a new two-week course aimed at teachers exploring the world of one-to-one teaching, and coaching. The course launched at the same time as a new version the TCE website – a modern, flat design update with improved support, shopping cart and ultra-secure browsing.
2017

2019

Self-Study Modules

TCE are set to launch a set of self-study modules looking at both EdTech and Business English. These modules will be  available at TeachingWith.Technology

2019

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