Martin Weller is Professor of Educational Technology, his interest has always been in the application of new technology to academic practice. He leads the Open University OER Hub research team, running a portfolio of projects examining the impact of open educational practices. Martin joined the OU in 1995, as a Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence. He chaired the OU’s first major elearning course, T171, in 1999 with nearly 15,000 students. This involved a number of strategic shifts in the OU to make in an online provider. He was the first director of the VLE, recommending the adoption of Moodle. He is currently academic director for the Learning Design project and also Director of the OER Hub.
Martin Weller’s research area is in open education and digital scholarship – he runs a blog about this, and has authored two books, The Digital Scholar and the Battle for Open (both available under open licence).
He is a regular and reasonably well known blogger at Edtechie.net.