Martin Dougiamas is the Executive Director of Moodle Pty Ltd, the organisation that manages the overall development of the Moodle system as well as the world-wide network of over 40 Moodle Partner companies that provide support, hosting, training and other services to Moodle users. It's challenging but exciting and certainly gives him good reason to jump out of bed in the mornings!
Martin grew up in the outback of Western Australia, attending School of the Air via shortwave radio. He has been an internet developer since 1987, including seven years as the webmaster of Curtin University. Martin's academic qualifications include an honours degree in computer science, a masters in education and most of a doctorate that studied the creation of Moodle and the Moodle community. His thesis is titled: The use of Open Source software to support a social constructionist epistemology of teaching and learning within Internet-based communities of reflective inquiry. Martin's main mission in life now is Moodle. He started it in 1999 out of frustration with the existing commercial software at the time. Since then the project has been growing exponentially in terms of size and activity.
Dr Michael Sankey interviews Martin Dougiamas to discuss:
Why start developing Moodle
How many people work on developing Moodle
Moodle partner organisations
Community driven features
How can USQ feed into this community
How will Moodle develop over the next 5 years
Site syndication and collaboration
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