Yesterday the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) awarded Moodle’s Founder and CEO, Martin Dougiamas, an Honorary Doctorate.
The prestigious title was given to Martin in recognition of his dedication of providing accessible education and his contributions to edtech. Martin’s achievements are mirrored by Moodle’s pursuit of “empowering educators to improve our world”.
During the presentation of the award, Philippe Neyt (Head of the Modern Languages school at UCL) highlighted Martin Dougiamas’s advocacy to open software and education, providing the community with free tools for collaborative learning.
Since Martin created Moodle in 2002, the project has grown to have over 100,000 registered sites and over 130 million users worldwide. Used in every country worldwide, Moodle’s free software gives educators and learners powerful, flexible tools for online learning collaboration.
In his acceptance speech, Dougiamas said that he was very honoured to receive the title from UCL. He stated that Moodle is a collaborative project and that the award belonged to all the Moodle community and everyone who is contributing to it.
The Université Catholique de Louvain is Belgium’s largest French-speaking University and host of MoodleMoot Francophone 2018, which will gather hundreds of from France, Belgium, Switzerland and North-African countries. In 2018, UCL is also celebrating a thematic year dedicated to Digital Words.