Despite the visible advantages, many tech fields, including computer science, are forecasted by some to show talent gaps in years and decades to come. Forbes.com online contributor Kavi Gupta, under the pretense to “encourage the next generation to pursue work that inspires them through relatable role models“, has published an interview with Martin Dougiamas, founder and CEO of Moodler, AKA the “Moodler“.
Dougiamas often takes advantage of its opportunities not to highlight himself, but the global community that thrusts the Open Source LMS and its uncountable customization options.
You can add and remove tools, and you can build an environment for learning.
This time, he shares some of his personal experience along with Moodle, which became such an important part of his life ever since he saw it as a way to “solve problems, bit by bit“. The technology fields have evolved rapidly and might not look like what they used to five or ten, let alone 20 years ago, but it has always embraced problem-solvers, lifelong learners and entrepreneurial minds.
I think the best part about computer science is this hacker and idea culture where you just want to learn things on the spot to solve whatever issue you have.
Shifting the conversation into the management realm, Dougiamas confesses to be of a humble soul. Instead of the ambition for growth and ballooning valuation with which the start-up culture is often regarded, he worked on Moodle for the mere pleasure.
I’ve always been running it like a small business, like my parents have always done. They’ve had a variety of small businesses, like service stations, and they worked for The Department of Community Welfare in a food kitchen, and all sorts of things.
As CEO, Dougiama’s mantra is “delegate”. His inroads into the business side have been reluctant, at least compared to his dearer research and development interests. Dougiamas is an MSc and PhD in education. He has, however, learned becoming a more effective leader, for which communication is crucial.
I think computer people are generally bad at [communication], and you have to force yourself. You do have to work at it.
What would you ask the “Moodler”? Tell us in the comments.