By Mike Churchward, Chief Product Officer

There have been a lot of changes at Remote-Learner in the last three months, and all of them have the same goal: to unlock the potential of technology to improve lives through learning.

In April we sold our UK operations to Blackboard allowing us to increase our focus on our North American clients. Then in May, we reorganized our company under our new CEO, Ron Olsen, added Ted Hopper as our Chief Revenue Officer, and I took over as the Chief Product Officer. The reorganization increased dedicated resources in our product marketing and product engineering teams, allowing us to focus on improving the services and solutions that we deliver and to put some velocity into those changes.

At the end of June, we made the decision to withdraw from the Moodle Partner Program. As many of you know, we were the founding Partner in the Program in 2004, so leaving the Program was not a decision that was made lightly. At Remote-Learner, we have always focused on learning. Our technical foundation is Moodle and the functions it provides. Moodle remains a great technology and our Product group will work to extend, improve and modernize the features and functions it delivers. And our decision was based on a desire to invest more directly in Moodle’s future development in some exciting new ways.

For example, we have teamed up with a number of other Moodle service providers to form a group dedicated to standardizing development guidelines and to provide certifications for Moodle plugins. This group will provide a further quality layer on top of third party plug-ins that will provide feature, functional and future support evaluations of plugins. We believe that this will enhance the overall usability and success of Moodle deployments. More details on this initiative will be coming within the next several days.

Another way in which we are committed to continued contribution to the Moodle project is by joining the recently announced Moodle Association. The Moodle Association provides an avenue for financing and participating in the future product roadmap. We look forward to joining the Moodle Association and to continuing our direct financial support of the Moodle project.

By taking these steps, we are able to redirect many of our resources towards the improvement and expansion of Moodle functionality as well as increased investment in our own products and services. For our clients, we will continue to provide world class services around the Moodle platform and its features while extending our own solutions to meet the needs of our clients.

This is an exciting time and I look forward to all the great innovations in eLearning Remote-Learner will continue delivering to our clients and the Moodle community. Stay tuned for more exciting news from Remote-Learner!

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