Jenny Gray has been working on educational software at the Open University since 2000. Initially focussing on CD-delivered self-assessment questions for the OU Business School, she joined the fledgling virtual learning environment team in 2005. She became the lead developer for the OU’s open courseware initiative, OpenLearn, in 2006, and over the following 7 years led development on a range of Moodle-based special projects and other learning systems. Jenny now heads the OU’s Centre of Excellence (Technical) ensuring quality and best practice in IT development across all OU systems.
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Fiona Strawbridge has led UCL’s Digital Education team since its inception in 2002. In that time she has led on two institutional e-learning strategies, and is currently working on embedding a strategy for digital education into UCL’s new education strategy. Her team – which is based in UCL’s Information Services Division - provides support and development for UCL’s main TEL services, runs projects and trials, provides training and development in digital capabilities to staff and students, and has a faculty-facing group of digital education advisers who work with faculties and departments to devise and implement local strategies to enhance the use of technology in education. A particular challenge for Fiona and team at present is to build upon the Moodle-based core to develop a ‘connected learning environment’ to meet the emerging needs of UCL’s Connected Curriculum – an institution-wide approach to research-based education. In parallel she has a keen focus on the broad student digital experience - from infrastructure to online experience to digital skills. Fiona also chairs UCISA’s Digital Skills and Development group, and chairs the Spotlight on Digital Capabilities conference.
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Founder and CEO, Moodle Martin Dougiamas is best known as the founder of Moodle, and leading the team of software developers at the heart of the Moodle project. Martin has a mixed academic background in Computer Science and Education, and his major goal for the future is to improve the quality of education by encouraging social constructionist and collaborative practices within online learning communities.
JGavin has been working with educational technology in different sectors over the last 15 years. Since 2007, Gavin has worked with Moodle and other open sources systems initially with the Irish Moodle Partners
Enovation Solutions, and most recently with his consultancy firm Learning Technology Services. Gavin blogs on somerandomthoughts.com and has co-authored three books on Moodle;
Moodle for Business,
Moodle Addons, and
Moodle Administration Essentials. Gavin has spoken at numerous conferences about learning and Moodle, and has organised the Ireland & UK Moodlemoots for the last four years.
Gavin now works at
Moodle HQ as a Community Projects Manager.
Mark has a PhD in Chemistry, a MSc in e-learning and certificates in Learning and Teaching in higher education and online assessment. Mark has a deep insight into the key issues for higher education in Ireland. He plays key leadership roles in promoting innovative teaching and learning methods throughout the sector and is considered to be a leading authority in the use of virtual learning environments. Mark has also had leadership roles in the Irish Learning Technology Association. Mark has organised a range of national and international teaching and learning conferences for higher education. The main aim of his current role is to encourage and enable staff in DCU to increase their capacity to offer flexible learning. This involves managing both organisational and pedagogical based projects.