About us

Barbara Nance
BSc Maths
PGCE (OU) Maths.

Barbara has an engineering background, spending time in the merchant navy as a radio electronics officer before teaching radar (as a civilian) for the Royal Navy. After gaining a maths degree she trained to be a maths teacher and has taught adults at every level from Entry –  A level maths.  She is keen to identify ways in which the use of technology can be used to enhance learning, something that her time as a senior project officer on the digital Learning team for NIACE, where she project managed the national E-Guides programme enabled her to explore.

Since 1999, Barbara has worked extensively undertaking projects which include: project management, research, teacher training, writing (web-content, resources, and online courses) and delivering online courses. While many of these initiatives are maths and digital projects, not all of them are, Barbara’s expertise at project management and research skills means that she has provided project support on national projects as well as undertaking research/evaluation activities for a range of organisations.


  • LLUK, (2010), Teaching information and communication technology- an application guide, London
  • Mellar H, Kambouri M, Logan K, Betts S, Nance B, Moriarty V. (2007), Effective Teaching and Learning: Using ICT, NRDC
  • Mellar H, Kambouri M, Nance B, (2007), Effective practice in ICT in Literacy, Numeracy, Language – Tutor guide, NRDC
  • FSA, (2005), Delivering Financial Education for Young Adults in FE, London
  • NIACE (2008), Platforms for Success, Leicester
  • DfES (2005), Delivering Financial Literacy within Family Learning, London
Sally Betts
BSc Hons Computer Science,
Cert. Ed.

Sally is a Digital Learning, Functional Skills and STEM specialist. She was a Software Engineer before entering the world of education which is why on becoming a teacher, she could see the potential of technologies to enhance learning.

As a teacher, manager and trainer Sally has actively promoted the benefits technology brings to ensuring equality of opportunity; small changes for some usually bring benefits for all.

Sally has been working with Engineering Instructors to introduce the concept of video learning hotspots to engineering workshops through the use of Augmented Reality.


  • Betts s, Clarke A. (2008), Assessment for Learning, Digital Tools for Effective Practice, NIACE
  • Betts s, Kambouri M. (2007) Using Voting technology for Assessment, NRDC
  • Mellar H, Kambouri M, Logan K, Betts S, Nance B, Moriarty V. (2007), Effective Teaching and Learning: Using ICT, NRDC