MARTIN DOUGIAMAS, founder and CEO of the open-source Moodle software project
Title Presentation: Education online in 2020 and 2030
Tuesday, June 16th at 10 AM CEST
Short Abstract: Distance education is a field with decades of research and practice, spreading slowly through the world’s education systems. Suddenly in 2020, when over 90% of school children have had to stay home during a pandemic, there’s been a rush to “get lasses online” that have often ignored a lot of this research and development.
In this presentation, Martin will look at how some of these legacy tools have been used, what has emerged as some of the most important things that people are using (and not using), and what kinds of demands are being made of Moodle.
Looking forward another ten years, we’ll talk about where education technologies could go, to fully support teaching online with high levels of quality on a global scale.
Bio: He continues to guide and grow the enterprise with the support of 80 employees globally and two major offices in Perth, Australia and Barcelona, Spain.
Moodle LMS (Learning Management System) is Moodle’s best-known product, allowing educators to create a private space online filled with tools for collaborative learning for K-12, higher education and workplaces.
First released in 2001, the Moodle LMS is now used in every country around the world by an active community of hundreds of millions of users and is key infrastructure for over 60% of all higher education institutions worldwide.
Moodle LMS is one product in a complete suite of open products, including Moodle Apps (for offline and mobile use), MoodleCloud (a SaaS hosting platform with 38,000 Moodle sites), MoodleNet (a new social network for educators), Moodle Educator Certifications (to teach digital competencies), and Moodle Workplace (a special version of Moodle LMS focussed on learning in the workplace).
Martin has a mixed academic background with multiple post-graduate degrees in Computer Science and Education and two honorary doctorates. He continues to focus on researching how open education technology can best support teaching and learning in open and human ways, with a keen interest in helping to produce a generation that can meet the UN’s sustainable development goals.
Recently Martin has started a new association named OpenEdTech.global which he hopes will encourage open source companies to work collaboratively to provide complete, high-quality, ethical, lasting educational technology solutions to power education into the future.