Doug Belshaw

is a...

consultant consultant

Hey, thanks for stopping by! I call myself an Open Educational Thinkerer which I use as a kind of shorthand for working and thinking at the intersection of education, technology, and productivity.

I'm a consultant and spend my time helping people like you and organisations such as yours think through new literacies, alternative credentialing, and ways to improve communication and workflow.

I'm based in Northumberland, the English county of castles and coastlines. From here I work on a global scale and travel extensively. I've worked in every sector of education — in schools as a teacher and senior leader, higher education with Jisc, and informal learning with the non-profit Mozilla Foundation. I'm currently working closely with City & Guilds around vocational and workplace learning.

I'm perhaps best known for my work on new literacies. I wrote my doctoral thesis on the topic of digital literacies entirely in the open before re-writing it as an ebook a couple of years later. I continued some of this work at Mozilla, where I led the worldwide community in creating and sustaining a Web Literacy Map to underpin work around Webmaker.

Mozilla asked me to join the Open Badges team after my evangelism of the web-native credentialing system sparked interest in Europe and beyond. Millions of badges have been issued since 2011 and I continue to advise clients on their potential across many different sectors.

I'm known for my analytical mind, an ability to explain difficult concepts in clear and straighforward ways, infectious enthusiasm, collaborative spirit, open ways of working, and evangelism of missions, tools, and processes in which I believe.

My guiding principle, which I've extended to my work through Dynamic Skillset, is to work with awesome people who are doing things to make the world a better place. If what I'm doing sounds like something that interests you, why not get in touch?

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