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Dr Nick Freear

Profile summary

  • Educational Technology Developer
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies

Professional biography

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 nQuire-it, the Open Media PlayerOU embeds, LACE and Juxtalearn. Also help colleagues with accessibility testing of the OU's student and staff facing sites and software services.

Past projects include Track 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:

Help us fund accessibility-related features. Please vote for Open Media Player in the Jisc Accessible by Design challenge.

Research interests

My particular interests are Web standards, accessibility, usability, HTML5, internationalization, e-learning, open source software and the Moodle virtual learning environment.


Moodle 2 for Teaching 4-9 Year Olds (2011-10-24)
Freear, Nicholas
Beginner's Guide
ISBN : 9781849513289 | Publisher : Packt Publishing | Published : Birmingham, UK
Our Journey: Designing and utilising a tool to support students to represent their study journeys (2019)
Coughlan, Tim; Lister, Kate and Freear, Nick
In : 13th Annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED) (11-13 Mar 2019, Valencia, Spain) ((In Press))


OU student wins Care Apprentice Award

Heather always wanted to be a mental health nurse, having worked as a carer for a number of years. When she was given the chance by her employer to study for an Open University course in Health Care Practise, she grabbed the opportunity. Earlier this year, Heather was awarded the Care Apprentice Award at the National Care Awards, as Carers Week begins, she talks about her journey with The OU.

10th June 2019
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