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Prof Martin Weller PFHEA

Professor of Educational Technology

I'm a Professor of Educational Technology and my interest has always been in the application of new technology to academic practice. I lead the OER Hub research team, running a portfolio of projects examining the impact of open educational practices.

I joined the OU in 1995, as a Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence. I chaired the OU's first major elearning course, T171, in 1999 with nearly 15,000 students. This involved a number of strategic shifts in the OU to make in an online provider. I was the first director of the VLE, recommending the adoption of Moodle. I am currently academic director for the Learning Design project and also Director of the OER Hub.

My research area is in open education and digital scholarship - I blog about this, and have authored two books, The Digital Scholar and the Battle for Open (both available under open licence).

I'm a regular and reasonably well known blogger at

Martin Weller is Professor of Educational Technology at the Open University. He chaired the OU's first major elearning course in 1999 with 15,000 students and has led many of the strategic technology developments at the University, including being the first VLE Director. He is currently the Director of the OER Hub research team, which examines the impact of open educational practices.

His interests are in the changing nature of open education, digital scholarship and open educational practice. He blogs at












Changing Pedagogic Landscape 2013 - 2015
GO-GN (Global OER Graduate Network) 2016 - 2019
Increasing diversity in GO-GN 2018 - 2019
BizMOOC (Knowledge Alliance to enable a European-wide exploitation of the potential of MOOCs for the world of business) 2016 - 2018
Learning Design Work Planning Tool 2015 - 2016
OER Research Hub 2012 - 2014
Study on models for Online, open, flexible and technology enhanced higher education 2016 - 2017

Google and friends put the ‘open’ back into MOOCs

The Conversation | 9th December 2013

MOOCs and the battle to open up higher education

The Conversation | 5th July 2013


Conference Presentation

8th March 2017

Researching Open Education: A systematic review of GO-GN theses

OE Global Conference 2017 Cape Town, South Africa

Conference Presentation

19th April 2016

Categories and strategies of OER usage

OER16: Open Culture University of Edinburgh, UK

Conference Presentation

13th April 2016

‘Action Lab: The Open Research Agenda

Open Education Global 2016: Convergence Through Collaboration Kraków, Poland

External Appointments