Open Education Technologies OEW 2020

4 March 2020, 13:00 CET

Open Education Week webinar

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The world is changing towards a more inclusive and interconnected global marketplace, where technology is playing an intensive role. Education actively responds to these changes by including more and more open education principles, quite often using diverse technologies to achieve so. Those institutions that enhance their traditional teaching environments with best digital educational technologies will give their students, in turn, the best chances to succeed. Students who have access to digital learning environments at their educational institutions will have increased skills and knowledge to achieve and they will become Open lifelong learning students. 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. The first meeting was at the Open Edtech Conference in Barcelona, November 21-22, 2019, where the Barcelona Blueprint was initiated. This webinar intends to discuss its guiding principles but also to present some recent developments in including technologies in innovative education.


Diana Andone
EDEN Vice-president, PUT

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 6, notably ViCADiS (Virtual Campus for Digital Students), DigiCulture (Digital Skills for Creative Industries). She is also involved extensively in several professional organisations and associations (EDEN, IEEE, 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 (past president) 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
Rich, interactive OER with H5P

Svein-Tore Griff With (aká Falcon) is the founder of H5P and has been working with OER all his life. He has lead three open source authoring tool projects. Two of them with tens of thousands of installations and millions of users.

Alfredo Soeiro
EDEN Executive Committee member, Deputy Chair of the EDEN NAP Steering Committee, EDEN Senior Fellow,
University of Porto, Portugal

Degrees in Civil Engineering (U. Porto, 76) and (U. Florida-Ph.D.-89). Academic director and vice president of Civil Engineering (U. Porto, 03/07). Pro-Rector of U. Porto (98/03). Founder of EUCEN (European University Continuing Education Network, 92); RECLA (Network of CE in Latin American, 96) and AUPEC (Association of the Portuguese Universities for CE, 99). Vice president of EUCEN (92/98) and SEFI, Société Européenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs (02/04); president of IACEE, International Association of Continuing Engineering Education (01/04); president of AUPEC (01/05); president of SEFI (03/05). Vice- chair of EMC of FEANI (14/18) and of Steering Committee of NAP of EDEN (14/…), Vice-president of ISHCCO (19/…) and member of Executive Board of EDEN (19/…). Member of EUCEN Council (13/16), secretary general of AECEF (17/…) and member of IACEE Council (95/…). Medal of 800th Anniversary of U. Sorbonne (98), International Hall of Fame of Adult and Continuing Education title (06), EDEN Fellow award (08), IACEE Fellow (14), Global Engineering Education Award by IEOM (16) and EDEN Senior Fellow (18).

Carmen Holotescu
Professor, Ioan Slavici University Timisoara, Romania
European perspectives on Blockchain in Education

Carmen Holotescu Professor PhD, Dean at the Faculty of Engineering, Director Center for Open Education and Blockchain, “Ioan Slavici” University of Timisoara,Romania with a PhD on new technologies and open education. She has participated in many European projects and has a rich experience in designing and implementing learning and collaborative platforms based on open pedagogies. She has written over 100 articles and chapters/books related to eLearning/Blended Learning, Social Media, Open Educational Resources (OER), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and Blockchain, mentioned in more than 1,500 citations. She is an online certified instructor at the University of Maryland University College, USA, facilitating for 12 years online courses at this university.

Doug Belshaw
MoodleNet Product Manager, Moodle
MoodleNet for educators

Doug leads the MoodleNet project, the world’s first federated, resource-centric social network for educators. He has experience in all sectors of education, as a former school teacher and senior leader, researcher/analyst in Higher Education, and consultant to vocational education organisations. Doug is best-known for his work on digital literacies, which was the topic of his doctoral thesis, and for his evangelism of Open Badges, especially while working for the Mozilla Foundation, a global non-profit. More at