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kathie.robeson@elearningexperts.net

Kathie’s experience in e-learning stretches back to the mid-1990’s where she was among the first to explore and use learning management systems in higher education. She has held a number of positions in academia, including Associate Professor, Academic Technology Coordinator, and Blackboard System Administrator. Her experience with Moodle dates back to 2003 with version 1.0.9 and she is among the most experienced of users in this open-source LMS.

Her academic preparation in education includes a MSEd with a focus on instructional design for online learning, as well as a CAGS and candidacy for the PhD in the same field. She also holds degrees in psychology, nursing, and business. Prior to founding  Elearning Experts, she worked for (then) one the largest Moodle Partner companies in the world.

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What’s your history with Moodle and Totara?

I’ve been working in online learning since its inception in the 90’s. I started using Moodle back in 2003 with version 1.0.9.  I’d been tasked with bringing Blackboard to a nursing school at which I was teaching, but the funding for the project was pulled at the last minute.  It turned out to be a great opportunity to learn about open source, become an early adopter of Moodle, and to be part of the community which has lasted so long. I founded Elearning Experts in 2012.  We became Totara Platinum Solutions Partners in May 2013 and we earned US Moodle Partner status in August of 2015.

What are you doing now that really resonates with you?

I’m thinking about how can we use both social constructivism and connectivism to create a new learning paradigm.  I’m also really curious about entanglement theory and how it manifests in everyday life.

Why do you work?

I believe that the meaning of life is to love and be loved deeply.  Work, in its purest and best sense, is one expression of love: for your clients, for the work they do, and for the people who work with you helping to accomplish everything that is done in your organization.

What inspires you?

Art, music, teaching, children, people who survive despite apparently insurmountable challenges. Life in general.

How do you recharge?

Sleep, solitude, silence, making time for thought, growing things.

2 truths and a lie please:

  • I ran with the SWAT team for 4 years.
  • I adore egg salad sandwiches.
  • I took classical piano lessons for 12 years.

galin.vassilev@elearningexperts.net

Galin Vassilev has been working with Linux and open source products for over a decade. His career began as a web developer intern, but in short order he was promoted to systems administration work. Later as part of the team at EngineYard, he began managing Xen clusters. Galin’s expertise was later leveraged by a Moodle Partner where he served as Level 2 System Administrator and later Director of Network Operations.

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What’s your history with Moodle and Totara?

I first worked with Moodle in 2010 when I took a job with a large US based Moodle Partner. My job consisted of supporting and troubleshooting hundreds of clients over 150 servers across 3 data centers. In 2012, I helped launch Elearning Experts where I serve now as CTO. We became a Totara Partner in September 2012 .

What are you doing now that really resonates with you?

Distributed computing and how it applies to Moodle and LMS design in general. The Go programming language. Artificial intelligence and what defines it as such. Quantum computing. Non-technology. History and politics also resonate with me.

Why do you work?

I would like to add a meaningful contribution to a pool of successes and failures that the next generation will inevitably have to learn from and lean on. It is the least I can do to honor the countless generations before me.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by those rare individuals who understand that working towards achieving a vision of the world as it should be rather than what it is, is not a matter of courage but rather simply a choice.

How do you recharge?

Sleep, reflection, spending time with my family and coming up with new ways to make them laugh.

2 truths and a lie:

  • I like to swim.
  • My favorite car is the Acura NSX.
  • I like the Denver Broncos.