Dr Martin Dougiamas

Creator, open source learning platform Moodle

2024 WA Australian of the Year Nominee

Dr Martin Dougiamas is responsible for revolutionising online learning. In 2002, the computer scientist and educator launched Moodle, the world’s most widely used, free open source learning management system. 

Moodle, or Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, allows students and teachers to collaborate through forums and sharing materials. 

Martin’s creation has helped people across the globe access quality education, regardless of location or economic status. 

Also founder of the Open EdTech Association, Martin fosters a global community of educators, developers and contributors who continually update and improve Moodle.  

He’s aligned Moodle with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, helping tackle global challenges through education. 

Perth-based Martin actively fosters digital literacy and online learning. He also partners with Indigenous communities to help address education gaps.  

Martin has a master’s degree and PhD from Curtin University, and three honorary doctorates. In 2008, he won the Google-O’Reilly Open Source Award in the Education Enabler category.