Doug Belshaw

Doug Belshaw

Open Educational Thinkerer

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I'm a consultant and spend my time helping people and organisations become more productive in their uses of technology. I'm also co-founder of a co-operative that works to spread the culture, processes, and benefits of open wherever we can.

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. After leaving Mozilla, I spent 18 months helping City & Guilds around vocational and workplace learning.

I'm perhaps best known for my work on digital literacies having written my doctoral thesis on the topic. re-wrote this as an ebook and tens of thousands of people have watched my TEDx talk on the subject. I continued some of this work at Mozilla, where I led a worldwide community in creating and sustaining a Web Literacy Map to underpin work around Webmaker.

Mozilla originally asked me to join them to work on 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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