History and Achievements

CAPDM Ltd was incorporated on the 11th October 1996 by Martin Smith, Duncan Hothersall, Richard Kirby and Ken Currie and 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.


Our company development highlights have been:

2017: Renewed CeMAP and CMACert programmes for Simply Academy. Setup new Courseworker application service for the University of London International Programmes team to use for course development.

2016: Delivered ground-breaking master’s programme to the University of London International Programmes that enables students to gain an MSc degree and ACCA professional accountancy qualification at the same time. Renewed programme maintenance and online delivery service agreement with the University of West of Scotland for their online MBA Programme.

2015: Won new online distance learning programme development contracts with the University of London International Programmes, Chartered institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, Simply Academy, and the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors. Began work on the 3 year OpenQAsS and Flip-IT! EU funded Erasmus+ projects.

2014: Won public tender to continue to develop and maintain the learning materials and environment delivering the British Council’s highly successful Connecting Classrooms professional development environment. 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. Developed two new online MBA and Certificate in Higher Education programmes for University of West of Scotland. Won new programme development work with the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors and The Policy Practice, and new production work with StudyGroup. Succeeded with European project partnership bid for the OpenQAsS Erasmus+ project.

2013: Produced 6 new courses in Bangala for the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms international schools programme and XML course domain. Developed a swim-science MOOC for the University of Iceland. Single-source published new online courses for Brunel University, Dundee University Medical School and the University of West of Scotland. Succeeded with third European production partnership bid for a Leonardo da Vinci funded project TENG-SPORTS. Launched new Online Distance Learning College and approved SQA Study Centre Opus Learning Ltd..

2012: Re-launched Courseworker application service on Amazon EC2 Cloud platform. Launched two new online global Masters programmes for Edinburgh Napier University.

2011: Delivered three new Masters programmes for Liverpool John Moores University. Won large contract to develop two more Masters Levels programmes with another forward-looking UK Business School. Working with EdICT Training to develop a new Diploma in ICT for Teachers. Succeeded with second European production partnership bid for a Leonardo da Vinci projects funded project SME 2.0.

2010: awarded new contracts to develop Advanced Diploma programme for Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors UK and more online workshops for the British Council’s Global Schools Partnership programme; and three new online Certificate modules in Sports Science for the University of Edinburgh.

2009: licensed Courseworker XML production environment to University College of Estate Management, and succeeded in public tender to win £150K contract to develop three new Masters programmes for Liverpool John Moores University.

2008: licensed our first Courseworker XML production environment to London Institute of Banking and Finance, and succeeded with European production partnership bids for the TIES (Iceland) and TENEGEN (Hungary) Leonardo da Vinci projects.

2007: developed on-line workshop environment for British Council’s Global Schools Partnership programme. Using a Digital Workbook concept the implementation delivered a simple, flexible and highly innovative, eportfolio solution.

2006: helped our customers achieve more than £10 million of global education business in one year.

2005: developed and delivered a national programme in finance for UK schools.

2004: developed accredited eLearning course units for West Lothian Council’s new Business Learning Network portal.

2003: developed distance learning “Business English” programme for the Interactive University.

2002: awarded Deloitte & Touche’s 5th fastest growing technology company in the UK, and 30th fastest in Europe.

2001: moved into new head office in central Edinburgh; awarded substantial programme development contract by Pearson Education.

2000: developed series of innovative reusable learning objects and simulations in finance and mathematics.
1999: awarded new eMBA production contract for the Edinburgh Business School.
1998: produced innovative, interactive learning materials in finance that helped to launch Unext.com in Chicago.
1997: launched the City of Edinburgh on the Web with EdWeb – bringing over 1 million web visitors to virtually visit the official guide to the city online.
1996: incorporated in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK