Keynote Speakers

Martin DOUGIAMAS

Martin DOUGIAMAS

Moodle Founder and CEO

Founder and CEO of Moodle, Martin Dougiamas is best known as leading the team of software developers at the heart of the Moodle project. Martin has a mixed academic background in Computer Science and Education, and his major goal for the future is to improve the quality of education by encouraging social constructionist and collaborative practices within online learning communities.

Talk

What is the Future Moodle?: Moodle 3.6, MoodleNet and the Roadmap Ahead

Abstract

The newest Moodle is version 3.6 and it was just released in December. In many ways, this release has made dramatic changes to Moodle that deserve the "level up” ranking of a major release. In this presentation, Martin will demonstrate the new core changes of Moodle, the growing native HTML5 compatibility that will help educators and learners become more active. Second, he will outline the vision of the upcoming MoodleNet release, which ushers in collaborative teaching across institutions, across nations, and across world-wide educational networks. In addition, he will outline directions of change on the horizon that will continue Moodle’s leadership as the global open-source learning management system.

Seishi Ono
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Seishi Ono

NPO CCC-TIES Vice President and Musashi Academy Director

Seishi Ono is Vice President of NPO CCC-TIES and Director of Musashi Academy of the Nezu Foundation. He is interested in EdTech (education technology) using blockchain in education including online education such as MOOCs. His interests are also the Internet operation technology, the distributed artificial intelligence, the machine learning systems, knowledge-based systems, and knowledge communities.


Toshihiro KITA

Professor at the Institute for e-Learning Development

Professor Toshihiro Kita teaches at the Institute for e-Learning Development in the Graduate School of Instructional Systems of Kumamoto University. He has a Ph.D. in engineering from Nagoya university and certified accreditation (research guidance) from his academic advisor for the Ph.D. program in the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University. He served as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Engineering and associate professor at the Center for Multimedia and Information Technologies, both in Kumamoto University. His interests include e-learning systems, nonlinear systems and electronic music.

Talk

Education and Blockchain

Abstract

Blockchain first appeared in a paper by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 as a fundamental technology required for cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, thereafter becoming a darling in the field of FinTech (financial technology). After another cryptocurrency (the open-source Ethereum) had succeeded in integrating smart contract functionality with instruction sets close to “Turing-complete”, the scope of blockchain technology spread and it was then not limited to FinTech Research and development, but was being promoted in various other fields.

In the field of education, issuing of graduation certificates that are almost impossible to tamper with due to the high security inherent in blockchain technology, has already taken place. In the next stage, learning itself may be reformed via blockchain technology.

In this presentation, we introduce the latest information in the field of education where blockchain technology is being used and introduce research into the CHiLO Chain, a next generation education system the NPO CCC - TIES is working on.

Marcus GREEN

Marcus GREEN

Senior Developer for Titus Learning

Marcus is a senior developer with Titus Learning, a Moodle Partner in the UK and Hong Kong. Currently based in York, England, he is a qualified teacher with 12 years of classroom experience. Before discovering Moodle in 2003, Marcus had been working on his own automatically graded online quizzes. He released his first Moodle plugin in 2012. Marcus was in attendance at the first ever Moodle Moot in Oxford in 2005 and has since presented at several other major Moots. His Gapfill plugin was the most downloaded question type of 2018.

Talk

What are convenient plugins for teaching?

Abstract

As smartphone usage around the around the world continues to grow, software development is trending toward a mobile-first approach. Although much educational technology is still designed for desktop, notebook, and tablet computers, there is an increasing demand to bring the full functionality of learning management systems to mobile devices. This has posed a particular challenge to Moodle with its vast array of contributed plugins. The Moodle Gapfill and Wordselect question types were among the first 3rd party plugins to function on the Moodle app. Marcus will detail the challenges of being a pioneer in the creation of app friendly plugins, and discuss the future of contributed plugins in a mobile-first educational landscape. Marcus will also discuss the specific attributes the Gapfill and Wordselect question types and how they compare to the existing alternatives. He will explain how each can be used to create more complex questions as well as their potential role in language learning.

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