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Open Education Technologies for online education

October 15, 2020 @ 00:00


Presentation and panel discussion

In the last months the world of education has seen its major changes from decades. By remote learning and teaching, moving education from in-campus to online, hybrid education, all educational institutions have relied on educational technologies. The education actively responded to these changes by including more and more open education principles, quite often using diverse technologies to achieve so. There exists a rich ecosystem of open educational technologies (OET) created by educational, open source, and commercial organizations around the world. Open Educational Technologies (Open EdTech) is a diverse group of organisations, open source projects, and individuals advocating for the use of open technologies, content, and standards in education. They are guided by the 12 principles as listed in the Barcelona Blueprint 2019 and they constantly plan to thrive the learning ecosystems. This workshop intends to discuss its guiding principles but also to present some recent developments with technologies in innovative education. Moodle, MoodleNet, H5P, BigBlueButton and RaspberryPi are among the most used open source solutions, and the future plans for development will be presented. Participants will have the chance to interact directly, ask questions and give feedback to the major ‘brains’ behind them.
Moderator and panelist:
Diana Andone
EDEN Vice-president
Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania

Diana Andone is the Director of the eLearning Center at the Politehnica University of Timisoara in Romania. Dr. Andone runs the team who developed the university’s award winning Virtual Campus CVUPT and is also a professor at the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, in the area of multimedia and web technologies. She is passionate about the ubiquitous access to technologies and how they can be used to improve people’s lives. Dr. Andone research includes web and mobile technologies, human-computer interaction, AR/VR/XR in education and culture, open education, online and mobile learning, OERs and MOOCs.Her publication list comprises 12 books and over 100 papers presented at international conferences, reviewer of several journals and conferences, and also chairs IEEE and ACM conferences. Her experience includes over 30 European funded projects, out of which she coordinated 4, notably ViCADiS (Virtual Campus for Digital Students), DigiCulture (Digital Skills for Creative Industries). She is also involved extensively in several professional organisations and associations (IEEE, EDEN, IADIS, AACE, W3C, IAFES), actively supports the local start-up movement (StartUp Weekend, HackTM, hackathons, CoderDojo) and Girls in Tech, as well as acting in the Board of local Romanian NGOs (Pentru Voi Foundation) in the Timisoara 2021 European Capital of Culture Task Force and a member of Rotary Club Timisoara and Rotary International.

Martin Dougiamas
CEO, Moodle, Australia
Open Educational Technologies and the Barcelona Blueprint

Martin Dougiamas is the founder and CEO of the open-source Moodle software project launched in 1999. He continues to guide and grow the enterprise with the support of 80 employees globally and two major offices in Perth, Australia and Barcelona, Spain. Moodle LMS (Learning Management System) is Moodle’s best-known product, allowing educators to create a private space online filled with tools for collaborative learning for K-12, higher education and workplaces. First released in 2001, the Moodle LMS is now used in every country around the world by an active community of hundreds of millions of users and is key infrastructure for over 60% of all higher education institutions worldwide. Martin has a mixed academic background with multiple post-graduate degrees in Computer Science and Education and two honorary doctorates.  He continues to focus on researching how open education technology can best support teaching and learning in open and human ways, with a keen interest in helping to produce a generation that can meet the UN’s sustainable development goals. Recently Martin has started a new initiative,, which he hopes will encourage open source companies to work collaboratively to provide complete, high-quality, ethical, lasting educational technology solutions to power education into the future.

Svein-Tore Griff With
Founder of H5P, Norway
Managing Director of Joubel

Svein-Tore Griff With (aká Falcon) is the founder of H5P and has been working with OER all his life. Svein-Tore Griff With is a Managing Director of Joubel which was established in Norway in 2013. He is the main architect of H5P. He has led three open source authoring tool projects. Two of them with tens of thousands of installations and millions of users.


Miguel Díez Blanco
Open Source Programme Office, European Commission, DG Informatics (DIGIT)
Miguel Díez Blanco is the project lead of the brand new Open Source Programme Office (OSPO) in the European Commission, which will be the “go-between” for all activities outlined in the EC Open Source Strategy and will, amongst others, assist subject matter experts, promote inner source and help balance internal focus and external activities. Miguel has almost 20 years of professional experience ranging from software development projects to infrastructure and operations activities. During the last 11 years he has been working for the European Institutions. Miguel holds an MSc in Informatics Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) and an MBA at HEC Paris School of Management


Sandra Moldoveanu
Programme Manager, RedHat Academy
Sandra Moldoveanu has broad international experience having lived and graduated in the UK, Germany and France with studies in Business and Master in International Management with MBA Accreditation. She speaks 5 foreign languages based in Germany and is Program Manager for Red Hat Academy in EMEA for over 3 years, currently focusing on Europe and Russia. Sandra helps students gain the theoretical and practical skills from the global Open Source leader to reach their academic and career potential, empowering them to be successful in the challenging fast-paced market.




October 15, 2020
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