Edited on 12-18.
In an exclusive interview with the EdTech and Startups portal Nibletz, two CEOs (Martin Dougiamas from Moodle, and Brian Carlson from eThink Education, official Moodle Partner in the US) recently discussed the beginning and current status of Moodle in North America. Even though it was built in Australia, Dougiamas knew he was on the right track with Moodle when its first foreign downloader came from Canada.
A few years later, on the US, Carlson was working for Ellucian, a Student Information System (SIS), and during his time there he listened to how institutional representatives were unhappy with the existing LMS options at the time. In passing, someone mentioned they found a free app that seemed better than the dominant Web Course Tools LMS, but while they managed to download it and set it up in their server, they hit roadblocks regularly. If only someone would offer Moodle support with integrations to SIS! That’s when Carlson realized the opportunity, started eThink, and never looked back.
eThink Education is one of the largest Moodle Partners in the US and “certainly the fastest growing,” according to Carlson. For him, openness, something that could otherwise hurt a company’s prospects, is what sets eThink’s bar higher. Despite not having customers locked into proprietary software licenses, the company claims a 99% rate of customer retention over a ten-year period.
Disclaimer: eThink Education is a sponsor of MoodleNews. Edits were made upon their request.