Where it all began: A remote town in Western Australia
As a young boy, Moodle’s Founder and CEO, Martin Dougiamas, lived nearly 1000 kilometres from the nearest school in a remote area of the Western Australian desert. This was in the 1970s, long before computers were a household item or readily accessible to students. To pursue his education, Martin’s family registered him into the School of Air – learning delivered through shortwave radio, the best available technology at the time. This experience with distance learning sowed the seeds of Martin’s vision to use the Internet to:
- Take education beyond physical classrooms that have barely changed in hundreds of years
- Enable quality education in all corners of the globe
Coupled with this vision is Martin’s support of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights that everyone has the right to education. To break the barriers faced by millions in accessing education, Martin founded Moodle with the goal of creating an online learning solution that is flexible to learner’s needs, accessible, and would provide a quality education for all.
Founder & CEO, Moodle
"One of the seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. In fact that’s the most important one, because without that, we can’t achieve any of the other sixteen goals!"