Alex Little - CV/Resume


2023 - present
Founder - Alex Little Design

Unique handmade wood pens, bookmarks and other items

Technical Advisor/Consultant

Various consulting contracts, working remotely, including field visits:

  • Product owner for the open source OppiaMobile learning platform
  • Supporting implementation of nationally-scaled mobile applications for health workers in Ethiopia, Uganda and Liberia for their Covid-19 response
  • Providing support and advice for user field testing, analytics and to monitoring and evaluation teams
  • User Centered Design workshops for WHO for developing a Global Dementia Observatory platform

Knowledge Management Advisor

  • Leading development of the ORB platform
  • Strategic support to mPowering's partner organisations
  • Supporting ORB users and organisations in how they can submit and use the content on ORB to deliver effective training programs for frontline health workers

Co-founder and Director

A not-for-profit company promoting research, innovation and development of learning through technology, focusing on primary healthcare.

  • Successfully obtaining UK AID Direct funding for 3-year project in Ethiopia to train rural health workers using mobile technologies
  • Technical development of OppiaMobile learning platform
  • Responsible for company and project budgeting and finances
  • Liaison and collaboration with NGOs and commercial organizations for partnership and project development

IT and eLearning Project Manager
Universidad de Alcalá, Spain

Advising on and managing the implementation and development of new technologies for rural health workers - part of a joint PhD programme between Alcalá, Mekelle and Maastricht Universities

IT and eLearning Advisor
Mekelle University, Ethiopia

Through a Voluntary Services Overseas placement, managing the implementation of elearning in a challenging environment. Advising on the development of IT infrastructure and training local staff to ensure sustainability.

Lead Developer in Social Software

Leading the development of social software tools as part of the OpenLearn project. Integrating instant messaging, video conferencing and knowledge management tools into the Moodle virtual learning environment.

Senior Developer

Technical development for international, externally funded projects in educational technology, developing research project proposals. Included 2 month placement at Macquarie University, Sydney.


Sept 2021 - present
University of Eastern Finland and Savonia University of Applied Sciences

Sept 1996 – July 1997
Postgraduate Diploma - Software Development
Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

Oct 1991 – June 1994
BSc Hons Degree - Mathematics
Leeds University, UK



Experiences and considerations from a UK Aid Direct project to help organisations budget and the costs that should be considered when implementing mobile learning for health workers.

Medhanyie AA, Spigt M, Yebyo H, Little A, Tadesse K, Dinant GJ, Blanco R

Int J Med Inform. 2017 May;101:9-14. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2017.01.016. Epub 2017 Jan 24

In collaboration with IntraHealth

mPowering Frontline Health Workers, sponsored by Qualcomm

This report shares an initial blueprint to create a scalable, locally sustainable, end-to-end content distribution process that uses mobile technology to provide frontline health workers access to relevant health content.

Little A, Medhanyie A, Yebyo H, Spigt M, Dinant G-J, et al. (2013)

PLoS ONE 8(10): e77563. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.00775

Reviewer, Packt Publishing

Alex Little, Chris Denham, and Marc Eisenstadt (2008)

Journal of Interactive Media in Education

Okada, A., Tomadaki, E., Little, A. and Bachler, M. (2008)

For the handbook Social Software and developing Community Ontology, by IGI group

Weller, M, Little, A., McAndrew, P. & Woods, W. (2006)

ISSN 1436-4522. IEEE Educational Technology and Society

McAndrew, P., Nadolski, R. and Little, A. (2005)

Journal of Interactive Media in Education (Advances in Learning Design. Special Issue, eds. Colin Tattersall, Rob Koper), 2005/14. ISSN:1365-893X

McAndrew, P., Woods, W.I.S., Little, A., Weller, M.J., Koper, R. & Vogten, H. (2004)

Presented at AusWeb 2004, GoldCoast, Australia 3-7 July 2004


April 2010
Moodle Course Creator Certificate

12-15 August 2008
Training Skills

2-6 July 2008
Skills for Working in Development (SKWID)

June 2008
Improving your Negotiating Skills
Open University, UK

March 2008
Effective Leadership Skills
Open University, UK

25 – 29 July 2005
Web Component Development with Java
Sun Educational Services

Feb – Oct 2005
Understanding Law (W200)
Open University, UK

May 2004 – July 2004
Law, the Internet and Society: technology and the future of ideas (T182)
Open University, UK

Nov 2003 – Apr 2004
Software Development for Networked Applications using Java (M874)
Open University, UK

Conferences and Workshops

14 Oct 2021
E-learning for less accessible target groups
Online webinar

Community of Practice webinar organised by GiZ (German Organisation for International Cooperation). I presented the challenges and lessons learned through our years of implementing OppiaMobile in various countries, see my presentation here:

26-27 Aug 2019
Integration of Digital Technologies and a Blended Learning for Health Extension Program Planning Workshop
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Multi-stakeholder collaborative workshop organised by the Ethiopia Ministry of Health and the International Institute for Primary Health Care in Ethiopia, with Community Health Academy and various implementing partners and donors.

  • Facilitator for some workshop activities
  • Presented the work previously done in Ethiopia with OppiaMobile and the ongoing opportunities
13-14 Aug 2019
London, UK

Introductory speaker for the Disparity Design Jam. Also a judge for the Design Jam pitches.

6 Jun 2019

Presentation at the edTech & Interactive technologies research seminar.

7 May 2019

Presentation to computer science masters students

30 Nov - 1 Dec 2018
30 May 2018
25-26 May 2018
6 Mar 2018
Global Dementia Observatory Knowledge Exchange Requirements Workshop
WHO, Geneva, Switzerland

Facilitated workshop to develop the requirement for a knowledge exchange feature on the WHO Global Dementia Observatory

23-25 Feb 2018
22 Nov 2017
14 Nov 2017

Speaker on panel discussion hosted by Feed the Minds

8-9 May 2017
Global Dementia Observatory Platform Requirements Workshop
WHO, Geneva, Switzerland

A workshop I ran for the World Health Organisation Mental Health Department to help define their requirements for the new Global Dementia Observatory platform.

13-14 Dec 2016
Washington DC, USA

  • Moderator for 'Enabling Interoperability'
  • Panelist for 'The Digital Health Knowledge Base - Content, and Taxonomies, and Platforms, Oh My!'
  • Presenter for 'Mobile Content Distribution for Health Worker Training'
12-14 Nov 2015
USAID Global Development Lab Co-Creation Workshop
Washington DC, USA

10-11 Nov 2015
Global mHealth Summit
Washington DC, USA

3-4 Nov 2015
Diarrhea and Pneumonia Working Group
Washington DC, USA

19-21 Oct 2015
15 Apr 2015
10-11 Dec 2014
Washington DC, USA

13-14 Nov 2014
Dublin, Ireland

29 Nov 2013
Madrid, Spain
4-5 Oct 2013
Berlin, Germany
23-24 Sept 2011
25-27 May 2011
17-18 Sept 2010
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

27-28 May 2010
9-10 May 2008
Padova University, Italy
30-31 Oct 2007
OpenLearn Conference
Open University, UK

  • Presented 'MSG Instant Messenger: social presence and location for the ad hoc learning experience'
3-5 Oct 2007
Future of Web Apps Expo

9 May 2007
Sussex Learning Network conference
Brighton, UK

  • Presented 'OpenLearn: Open Source VLE'
20-21 Feb 2007
Future of Web Apps (FOWA)

20-22 June 2005
Alt-i-Lab 2005 – Advancing Learning Technology Interoperability
Sheffield, UK

15-17 June 2005
Minho University, Braga, Portugal

12-14 May 2004
eLearning Results 2004 & IMS Learning Design Workshop
GiuntiLabs, Sestri Levante, Italy

23-25 Nov 2002
European Academic Software Awards
Ronneby, Sweden