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Dr Nick Freear

Educational Technology Developer


I work in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, where I contribute Web and application development and experience making software accessible. Current and recent projects include Our Journey, IDO Mobile Moodle and GDPR. I also help colleagues with accessibility testing of the OU's student and staff facing sites and software services.

Past projects include TESLA, Applaud,nQuire-it, the Open Media Player, OU embeds, LACE and JuxtalearnTrack OERiSpot-embeds, Professional Development (private), free/open-source CloudEngine and its sister project Cloudworks, and the Journal of Interactive Media in Education (JIME). Also, MALT Wiki, OLnet, and the Knowledge Network.

I joined IET in January 2008 following 2 years in Learning and Teaching Solutions working as a Technical Developer on the Open University Virtual Learning Environment project (Moodle).

You can see IET's and my open source code on GitHub:

Other profiles/ details:



Lister, Kate; Coughlan, Tim; Iniesto, Francisco; Freear, Nick and Devine, Peter. (). Accessible Conversational User Interfaces: Considerations for design. In: Web for All 2020, 20-21 Apr 2020, Taipei, Taiwan.


Coughlan, Tim; Lister, Kate and Freear, Nick. (). Our Journey: Designing and utilising a tool to support students to represent their study journeys. In: 13th Annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED), 11-13 Mar 2019, Valencia, Spain.


Freear, Nicholas (). Moodle 2 for Teaching 4-9 Year Olds. Birmingham, UK: Packt Publishing.