Martin Dougiamas founder of the open-source Moodle LMSMartin Dougiamas is best known as the founder of the open-source Moodle LMS (used by over 60% of all higher education in the world). He is now the CEO of the Moodle project, which produces Moodle Apps, MoodleCloud, Moodle Educator Certifications, Moodle Workplace and more.

Martin has a mixed academic background with multiple post-graduate degrees in Computer Science and Education and two honorary doctorates (from Spain and Belgium). He continues to focus on researching how technology can support teaching and learning in open and human ways, especially when it supports the UN’s sustainable development goals.

What’s in it for me? Building online spaces that support the right kinds of education

Moodle is well-known for its eponymous learning platform, used globally, with a focus on collaborative and active learning. Despite this design focus Moodle is often used in different ways that reflect the learning methods that teachers experienced in their own education. Martin will argue that a number of these methods contribute to a problematic culture in student learning. Martin is an advocate for the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals that seek to address these potentially negative trends. He will present some ideas, including some new Moodle products being developed, that provide alternative learning spaces to influence educators to move down better paths.

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