Here you will find biographies of this years iMoot Keynote speakers.
|Book:||iMoot 2013 Keynote Presenters|
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|Date:||Tuesday, 9 March 2021, 11:12 AM|
Martin Dougiamas is best known as the founder of Moodle, the popular free course management system used by millions of teachers around the world. As the executive director of Moodle Pty Ltd in Perth, Western Australia, he leads the team of software developers at the heart of the Moodle project and the global network of 54 Moodle Partner service companies that help provide funding for this independent open source software project.
Martin has a mixed academic background with post-graduate degrees in Computer Science and Education, and continues to focus on researching how educators approach internet-based education. His major goal for the future is to improve the quality of education by encouraging social constructionist and collaborative practices within online learning communities.
Iain was born in the U.K. and brought up in the wonderfully sedate seaside town of Bournemouth. As he moved through his undergraduate and postgraduate studies he also moved steadily north with four years in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and almost 10 years in Edinburgh. Iain emigrated to New Zealand in 2000 and settled in Auckland where he lived for 11 years. In 2011 Iain moved to Hong Kong.
For the past fifteen years his work life has centered on teaching and technologies (not necessarily at the same time). Since early 2004 Iain has been fortunate enough to be in positions - Director of the Learning Technology Unit, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland and Director of the eLearning Pedagogical Support Unit, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, The University of Hong Kong - that have combined these two aspects of his career.
Iain is currently responsible for leading the implementation of The University of Hong Kong's eLearning Strategy. This means that Iain is proactive in operational leadership, operational management, managing change, designing and developing professional learning opportunities for academic staff and in working collaboratively to develop a supportive eLearning community at The University of Hong Kong.
Living in Wellington in New Zealand, Kristina is a member of the Mahara development team at Catalyst IT, the largest independent open source technology specialist in Australasia and lead development company of Mahara. She often answers questions in the Mahara community forums and supports users. Kristina is the main contributor of the Mahara user manual http://manual.mahara.org which is being translated into different languages by enthusiastic Mahara users.
Having worked at universities in Germany and Luxembourg training lecturers and students in the use of (educational) technology, she has now the opportunity to work more closely with individual software applications and support users around the world.
In other things, Kristina is a project manager in the Catalyst IT eLearning Team, facilitator for Mahara and Moodle workshops and likes playing with new technologies exploring them for their use in education.
Stuart Mealor is Managing Director of Human Resource Development, Moodle Partner in New Zealand (since 2006) with staff in Europe, Latin America and Asia. HRD's MoodleBites courses (www.moodlebites.com) are used by Teachers, Designers, and Administrators around the world. Stuart manages the global Moodle Course Creator Certificate (MCCC) programme. He is well known in the Moodle community as a Particularly Helpful Moodler (PHM), and facilitator for courses on Business, Certification, and Database. Beginning his career as a graphic designer, his MBA in International Business leads to an interest in Moodle for business, and social networking. His main project is now Freemoodle.org.
Mike Churchward,Chief Information Officer and President of Remote-Learner Canada, has a BA in Computer Science with a Minor in Business Studies. He has been developing learning technologies for over twenty years. Mike began his career developing training simulators for the aerospace industry, then moved on to CBT during the new media revolution. As the web developed, much of his development moved to that platform. Mike has been a Moodle core developer for the past six years and founded Open Knowledge Technologies, the Canadian Moodle partner company acquired by Remote-Learner in 2008. Mike is the co-author of Moodle 1.9 Extension Development from Packt Publishing, and works from Remote-Learner's Waterloo, Ontario, Canada office.
Rebecca Barrington has been using Moodle for over seven years whilst working at South Devon College. She provides a range of support, training and information guides for teaching staff and uses Moodle in her own teaching, including a qualification about virtual learning environments. Rebecca has a keen interest in using technologies to support learning and is continually developing new ways of using Moodle and applying these to online courses for use with students. South Devon College has a well-known reputation for its use of technology and Rebecca also travelled around the country to deliver training and advice on using Moodle to other organizations as well as at regional and national events. She is also a regular contributor to online VLE forums to share ideas and advice, and is the author of Moodle Gradebook from Packt Publishing.