Doug Belshaw

Dr. Doug Belshaw

Open Educational Thinkerer

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Hello! I help people and organisations become more productive in their uses of technology. I'm currently splitting my time between leading the MoodleNet project and working with We Are Open Co-op.

I work from home in Northumberland, the English county of castles and coastlines, with my wife and two children. My career has taken me from History teacher through to edtech Product Manager, with a variety of interesting roles along the way.

These days, I spend a lot of time talking about decentralisation, but I'm perhaps best known for my work on digital literacies. I successfully defended my doctoral thesis on the topic, and subsequently wrote The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies and giving an overview of it in a TEDx talk that has been viewed around 100,000 times.

I'm an evangelist for digital credentials, most notably Open Badges. I've spoken about this and many other topics at hundreds of events as a keynote speaker, panellist, MC, and workshop leader. It was the original reason I joined the Mozilla Foundation back in 2012.

I'm always on the lookout to work with awesome people who are doing things to make the world a better place. Please get in touch if that sounds like you!

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