History & Achievements

CAPDM Ltd was incorporated on the 11th October 1996 by Martin Smith, Duncan Hothersall, Richard Kirby and Ken Currie. We are based in Edinburgh, UK.

The goal of the founders was to create a company that would apply the new international SGML/XML information standards, and internet and electronic publishing technologies, to improve the quality of materials provision in education.

The company name came from a generic model of information publishing, the CAPDM Model, that emerged in the late 1980s to address the technical manual publishing needs of aircraft companies and automotive manufacturers.

During its early years, the company was fortunate to be heavily involved in the development and growth of the highly successful distance learning MBA programme at Edinburgh Business School, which today is the largest non-tutored online distance learning MBA programme in the World.

 

A few of our company development highlights have been:

2017

Simply Academy
renewed CeMAP and CMACert programmes

University of London International Programmes
setup new Courseworker application service for the team to use for course development

2016

University of London International Programmes
delivery of ground-breaking master’s programme, that enables students to gain an MSc degree and ACCA professional accountancy qualification at the same time

University of West of Scotland
renewed programme maintenance and online delivery service agreement for their online MBA Programme

2015

University of London International Programmes
new online distance learning programme development contract

Simply Academy
new online distance learning programme development contract

Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors
new online distance learning programme development contract

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
new online distance learning programme development contract

OpenQAsS and Flip-IT!
began work on 3 year EU funded Erasmus+ projects

2014

British Council 
won public tender for continued development/maintenance and environment delivery of successful Connecting Classrooms professional development environment (including This work included single source mastering and management, and ongoing Moodle service support for courses being delivered to 15,000+ users worldwide in English, Bangala and Chinese)

University of West of Scotland
development of two new online MBA and Certificate in Higher Education programmes

Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors
new programme development

The Policy Practice
new programme development

StudyGroup
new production work

OpenQAsS Erasmus+ project
European project partnership

2013

British Council
production of 6 new courses in Bangala for the Connecting Classrooms international schools programme and XML course domain

University of Iceland
development of a swim-science MOOC

Brunel University
single-source published new online course

Dundee University
single-source published new online course for Medical School

University West of Scotland 
single-source published new online course

TENG-SPORTS
third European production partnership for a Leonardo da Vinci funded project

Opus Learning Ltd.
launch of our own Online Distance Learning College and approved SQA Study Centre

2012        

Courseworker
re-launch of our application service on Amazon EC2 Cloud platform

Edinburgh Napier University
launch of two new online global Masters programmes

2011

Liverpool John Moores University
delivery of three new Masters programmes

UK Business School
large contract for development two more Masters level programmes

EdICT Training
working to develop a new Diploma in ICT for Teachers

SME 2.0
second European production partnership for a Leonardo da Vinci funded project

2010

Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors UK
development of Advanced Diploma programme

British Council
online workshops for the Global Schools Partnership programme

University of Edinburgh
three new online Certificate modules in Sports Science

2009

University College of Estate Management
license of Courseworker XML production environment

Liverpool John Moores University
won public tender for £150K contract to develop three new Masters programmes

2008

The London Instiute of Banking and Finance (ifs University College)
license of first Courseworker XML production environment

TIES (Iceland) and TENEGEN (Hungary)
European production partnership for the Leonardo da Vinci projects

2007

British Council
development of on-line workshop environment for Global Schools Partnership programme (using a Digital Workbook concept the implementation delivered a simple, flexible and highly innovative, eportfolio solution)

2006

£10 million
helped our customers achieve more than £10 million of global education business in one year

2005

UK Schools
developed and delivered a national programme in finance for UK schools

2004

West Lothian Council
development of accredited eLearning course units for new Business Learning Network portal

2003

Interactive University
development of distance learning “Business English” programme

2002

Award
Deloitte & Touche’s 5th fastest growing technology company in the UK, 30th fastest in Europe

2001

Pearson Education
substantial programme development contract

New Head Office
move to central Edinburgh

2000

Development
series of innovative reusable learning objects and simulations in finance and mathematics

1999

Edinburgh Business School
new eMBA production contract

1998

Unext.com
produced learning materials in finance which helped the launch of Unext.com in Chicago

1997

City of Edinburgh
launched the city’s website EdWeb (bringing over 1 million web visitors to virtually visit the official guide to the city online)

1996

Incorporation
in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK