BACKGROUND A self-taught programmer and systems architect with formal studies in Sociology and Mass Media, Martin Langhoff began his work on open-source (OS) projects in the days of multimedia CD-ROMs and the early Internet.
OPEN-SOURCE DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE Martin’s work with private sector, education, and government customers matured into a career of architecting complex systems for e-government projects such as national election backends. The tools of choice were OS languages and engines running on Linux, even at a time when skepticism and uncertainty about OS were still prevalent.
MOODLE DEVELOPMENT & CONTRIBUTIONS While residing in New Zealand, Langhoff took on a project to find the best open source LMS in existence to develop and deploy for a consortium of local universities. Moodle was the clear winner, and Martin put together a small team that reworked Moodle internally for greater scalability and high performance. This effort spanned Moodle versions 1.4 to 1.9, with each version reaching major milestones, such as the roles-system rewrite that enabled Moodle to work on an unprecedented scale. In that process, Martin Langhoff and his team members found themselves being early users of the GIT version control software, and quite naturally, working with Linus Torvalds on important enhancements and extensions. Using GIT for Moodle programming allowed the New Zealand team to develop and deploy faster and more efficiently; their work predated the Moodle.org switch to Moodle by several years.
OPERATING SYSTEMS, HARDWARE AND FOCUS ON LEARNING As School Server Architect and later CTO at One Laptop per Child (OLPC), Martin continued his focus on technology for learning and education. His responsibilities spanned architecting, managing, and executing on hardware, operating systems, and production. With Langhoff’s leadership in place, his direct involvement in all aspects of operating system customization and central work on hardware planning and design, the OLPC project delivered several product cycles, including the acclaimed XO-4 Touch laptop.
REMOTE-LEARNER’s VP OF PRODUCTS AND PLATFORMS Today, Martin Langhoff returns to the Moodle world, bringing his renowned expertise in debugging, programming, and architecture. His continued contributions to the field have secured his place among Remote-Learner’s impressive leadership team. As Remote-Learner’s VP of Products and Platforms, Langhoff will harness his understanding of the hardware and software stack to consolidate and fine-tune the Remote-Learner platform to integrate and deliver complex products that better address customer needs. Langhoff will also accompany Remote-Learner on the road by making appearances at eLearning and training conferences, delivering keynotes and training as needed or requested by the Moodle community at large. Remote-Learner will also tap into Langhoff’s thought-leadership and diverse experience to provide consulting for projects, products, and strategic initiatives.
We trust that our readers will be pleased that Martin Langhoff is now a part of the Remote-Learner family and leadership team.