Spotlight Stage SPL03
Why the World Needs Open Source and Open Education to Survive - with Martin Dougiamas
Date Thursday, Dec 6 Time – Room Potsdam III
On our Spotlight Stage, the founder of Moodle will explain how open technologies in education are critical to making progress towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Knowledge Innovation Centre (KIC), Malta
Ildiko has worked in the field of open & distance education and e-learning since 1998, accumulating experience in research and development of innoative educational practices. She has a deep understanding and knowledge of past and current EU funding mechanisms, the authoring and management of EU co-funded projects, and she enjoys collaborating with partners across borders, cultures and various educational and training sectors.
By choice, she is a digital native. She loves using technologies and making a contribution to their widespread practical application in education and learning. She's an enthusiastic and engaging presenter who is approachable and always happy to support those 'every day' educational practitioners who wish to learn more about edtech. Over the course of her career she has also learned not only to differentiate between robust and impracticable ICT solutions, but also how to identify when changes in policies and practices are needed, or desirable, to enable progress.
Dr Martin Dougiamas is best known as the founder of the open-source Moodle project, providing a free learning platform used in every country and every education sector around the world.
At OEB's Spotlight Stage he will address how open technologies in education are critical to best support progress towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
As the CEO of Moodle Pty Ltd (based in Perth, Australia and Barcelona, Spain) Martin leads the company of 60 software developers and educators that guides and supports the Moodle project (including MoodleCloud, Moodle Mobile and other initiatives). Moodle Pty Ltd has also created a global network of over 90 certified Moodle Partner companies that help provide funding for this independent software project through a sustainable business model since 2003.
Martin has a mixed academic background with multiple post-graduate degrees in Computer Science and Education, including an honorary doctorate from Universitat de Vic in Catalonia. He continues to focus on researching how technology can support teaching and learning in open and human ways, aiming at solving the UN’s sustainable development goals.