When you think about it, it can be a surprise that only after almost 90 partnerships, Moodle has finally found a fellow non-profit ally in its quest for global impact in education. A release in the official Moodle press site shares the news.
Meet Eummena, Belgium-based but for now certified for the United Arab Emirates. It was founded in 2011 as a spin-off from research university KU Leuven’s human-computer interaction research unit. It’s based out of the city’s Innovation Center. Early this year Reuters chose KU Leuven as Europe’s Most Innovative University in its annual Top 100 ranking, an association Eummena will be eager to emphasize.
With an express research and development purpose, and a "quest for unlocking human potential," Eummena adds a twist to the classic "full service" Moodle offering, by incorporating state-of-the-art research into its operations. These include:
- Technology-enhanced learning, standardization, "Lean UX"
- "e-Content" and digital marketplaces
- Metadata to link learning with skill records, job offerings and ongoing learning opportunities
- Agile, Open Source software development
- International research, awareness raising and policy making
Despite its non-profit status, under the terms of the partnership Eummena will still give 10% of revenues from Moodle-related operations to the LMS company. In exchange, Eummena is allowed to use their trademarks into their branding and promotional campaigns. It is also allowed to provide the Moodle Educator Certificate (MEC).
Eummena becomes the third certified Partner in the EUA, joining providers of high international profile: Human Logic, with 5-country presence, and Smartway with 4. These partners have followed a similar trend of local expansion: In addition to the Emirates, they are both in Saudia Arabia and Oman. Smartway also services the Turkish market single-handedly, while Human Logic represents Moodle in Kuwait and Qatar all by itself also.