February 20 Update: Today Moodle has announced the fourth Premium Moodle Partner: Japan’s e-learning:
Updated on February 17, 2020. A previous version of this article claimed non-Premium Moodle Partners may be able to provide Moodle Workplace. In reality, Partners may advertise and sign on projects involving Moodle Workplace, but the solution may only be released if they are Premium.
On early February, Moodle announced the starting cadre of Premium Partners. eThink Education, My Learning Consultants Titus Learning and e-learning are the first companies to be even more recognized for their commitment to open source learning technology, technical capabilities in development and customization; and stellar customer support.
Moodle HQ promises the Premium stature was given after vigorous vetting, but no further details are offered. Traditional Moodle Partners usually achieve the status after a series of interviews and the submission of fairly standard documentation. Fee agreements were also undisclosed. Traditional Partners agree to giving 10% of revenues from Moodle-related services destined to Moodle HQ, before taxes.
Above all, these companies have the responsibility to spread Moodle Workplace, the company’s corporate play, and response to specialized niche LMS such as Totara.
After a series of delays, Moodle Workplace is finally available. Pricing details are still kept under wraps, but the Global Certified Premium Partners as well as other traditional partners, have either announced or affirmed Moodle Workplace customers or projects.
Titus Learning and Network Rail
Accessibility, configurability, future-proofing and cost-effectiveness were the core criteria for what could end up becoming the largest Moodle Workplace site of all, once it powers the learning of the NDPB, one of the most human-intensive public transportation operations in the UK including some of the busiest stations.
On a request for comment, Titus Learning CEO replied.:
“To be announced as one of the first two Moodle Certified Premium Partners is a massive honour and great recognition of the work our team do every day for our customers around the globe. We’ve been a Moodle Partner for just under 3 years and in that time we’ve seen our customer base double each year, with our talented team pretty much following suit.
Being a Premium Partner means we’re able to directly offer the latest release from Moodle HQ, Moodle Workplace. This is in addition to all our other core Moodle services and additional solutions such as the Moodle Educator’s Certification (MEC) and the Branded Moodle Mobile App.
The process to get the Premium Partnership, and the criteria we had to meet, was very stringent and included full vetting of our; hosting and security, ability to successfully customise Moodle, training and implementation process, proof of hitting and exceeding our SLAs, and plenty more!
We’re really excited about this next chapter as a Premium Partner and look forward to working closely with Moodle HQ and the wider Moodle community.”
“For large scale, mission critical implementations such as the Network Rail learning management system, Moodle Workplace offers the performance, scalability and security features needed to provide constant access and availability for all users, complemented by a customised interface which is intuitive and adaptive, personalising the software to each individual learner. We’re delighted to be working with Network Rail on this new chapter in their workplace learning journey, and excited about our future partnership.”
eThink Education and My Learning Consultants
While formal statements have currently in the works, eThink Education has confirmed to LMSPulse that they have already brought clients live on Moodle Workplace, with a number of other Workplace implementations ongoing.
On a webinar held the previous week, eThink Education’s VP of Business Development and Strategy, Randy Jones, confirmed some of their larger clients, while not being exactly from the corporate or enterprise site, have expressed their interest in some of Workplace’s outstanding features, perhaps most notably of all multitenancy.
Can traditional Moodle Partners offer Moodle Workplace?
Non-Premium Moodle Partners may advertise and sign on projects involving Moodle Workplace, but they can only deliver Moodle Workplace solutions as Premium Moodle Partners.
Some partners have confirmed to LMSPulse, either officially or unofficially, the availability of Moodle Workplace in their portfolio, which implies ongoing efforts in achieving Premium status.
Interestingly enough, several providers of Moodle Workplace are also Totara Partners.
3&Punt (or 3iPunt), from Spain, is scheduling a live demo of Moodle Workplace.
Other partners who have previously announced upcoming availability of Moodle Workplace are Enovation from the UK and Ireland, USA’s Synergy Learning, and Australia’s eCreators, 2019’s Global Partner of the Year. Serving Greece and Cyprus, WIDE Services is already promoting it on its website.
Statement from Moodle HQ CEO, Martin Dougiamas
“We have wanted to publically recognise the quality efforts of our best partners for some time, and I’m very happy that we are launching the first significant extension to the Moodle Partner program, first launched 15 years ago. In addition to the standard partnership which certifies their ability to support clients with Moodle-based service solutions, Premium partners have passed extra criteria that demonstrate significant levels of commitment to customer service and the Moodle project, gaining high level of trust which should be celebrated. Congratulations to everyone in these first three companies. Look for more announcements soon!”
Regarding Network Rail announcement in the UK:
“I’m so happy to see Network Rail joining an impressive list of organisations taking advantage of the new Moodle Workplace solution via Titus Learning, one of our certified Moodle Partners. Moodle Workplace is designed especially for enterprises with heavy staff training requirements such as Network Rail. It retains all the unmatched stability, compatibility and potential for customisation of Moodle, and combines it with professional support and experience from our international network of certified Moodle Partners such as Titus Learning. Titus Learning has an excellent record and together we’ll ensure success for Network Rail’s training ambitions.”
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