Education is at the heart of making the world a better place. Education has always needed technology, but the technology landscape is getting more and more complex. Imagine if you had to license pencils or paper to use in schools, or be forced to use specific paper from one company so that they could see everything you wrote. Education technology is too important to rely on profit-driven market dynamics. This podcast shines a light on key people and projects working around the growing field of *Open Education Technology*, those who are fighting to create a future where any school, university or company has access to a full range of software and hardware with the maximum or freedom and quality. The podcast is produced by Martin Dougiamas, the CEO of Moodle, a very widely-used open source learning management system (moodle.com). He creates each episode on the road while visiting global Edtech events and meetings. The sound quality can be a bit variable, with the view that's it better to record something with whatever you have available (such as a phone) than to not capture anything at all! There is also a related Open Edtech Global Festival, which happens every year in November in Barcelona, Spain. For more on this, see https://openedtech.global
May 2019 - Francesca Bria, Barcelona City
As the Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer in Barcelona, Francesca Bria is at the heart of the open strategies being employed in this ambitious "Smart City", including the impressive Decode project decodeproject.eu.
I met up with Francesca in the beautiful Barcelona city buildings for a chat about what the city are doing, and how it relates to open technology and education.
May 2019 - Dr Melinda Bandalaria, University of the Phillipines Open University (UPOU)
On my recent trip to the Phillipines for a Moodle conference, I recorded this interview with Dr Melinda Bandalaria (or Mel to her friends).
Melinda is a very accessible person doing some very important work in the Phillipines. Not only is she the Chancellor of the University of the Phillipines Open University (UPOU) but she is also the President of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU).
I managed to sneak Mel away from the conference lunch to have a chat about open education.
April 2019 - Paul Stacey, Open Education Consortium
While in Galway, Ireland, I caught up with my old friend Paul Stacey, who is doing excellent work as the CEO of the Open Education Consortium, and we had a quick chat about Open Education in general.
April 2019 - Indonesia, Ireland and UK
On this episode hear snippets recorded on a recent trip including:
workshops at Binus University in Jakarta, IndonesiaOER Global 19 in Dublin Ireland, and MoodleMoot IEUK19 in Manchester, UK