Online Learning Update

July 25, 2017

Moodle Community Platform to Offer Closer Ties to OER, Crowdfunding Mechanism

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:08 am

By David Raths, Campus Technology

Martin Dougiamas, the founder and CEO of the open source learning platform Moodle, does not mince words about the conflict he sees between open and proprietary developments in educational technology and in society at large. “There is a bit of a war going on around the planet right now,” Dougiamas said in his opening comments to a recent Future Trends Forum video chat hosted by futurist Bryan Alexander. “We find ourselves at the vanguard of people who believe in openness, who believe in social good and social justice. On the other side of the fence, as you have in your country right now, there is a corporate takeover of the government. There is an increasing effect of very large, wealthy organizations focused on profits and increasing the inequality gap and focused on commercializing public services.” Speaking from his home in Perth, Australia, Dougiamas said he has started to refocus Moodle’s activities to do a more effective job of spreading openness — particularly in education.

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