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Six Companies Form the Partners of Open Source Educational Technologies (POET) Working Group to Develop Common Standards for Moodle Plugin Development

Vancouver, BC, August 4, 2015 – Six major Moodle service providers – Lambda Solutions, Nivel Siete, Remote-Learner and Blackboard’s open source companies (Moodlerooms, NetSpot and Remote-Learner UK) – have formed the Partners of Open source Educational Technologies (POET) Working Group to formulate common standards and guidelines that will improve and streamline the process for Moodle plugin development, one of the most used learning management systems (LMS) in the world.

Plugins are widely used by institutions and private organizations to customize or add new functionalities to Moodle. However, in order to have the plugins fully integrated in the different enterprise versions of Moodle available on the market, developers need to go through a full certification process with each service provider, creating unnecessary complexity and adding costs to the implementations. Thanks to the new common standards and development guidelines, any plugin certified by a POET Working Group participating company will receive expedited validation when submitted to other members, allowing institutions to save money and time.

The first set of guidelines has been already finalized in close collaboration with the development community and it is available at

“The eLearning industry is changing rapidly so it is important that core learning platforms like Moodle evolve just as quickly,” said Shevy Levy, CEO at Lambda Solutions. “By collaborating with experienced learning companies we can help facilitate the innovation necessary for institutions to customize their own deployments of Moodle and better serve their learners. We also hope that other companies will join us in the near future.”

“The opportunity to work with this amazing group of companies, in support of common goals, is the main driver for Remote-Learner’s involvement with this initiative,” said Ron Olsen, CEO for Remote-Learner. “We are excited to explore additional opportunities to eliminate unproductive, overlapping efforts, enabling the community to invest more time into innovation that will enhance the Moodle platform and ensure its continued success.”

About Lambda Solutions

Founded in 2002, Lambda Solutions provides learning and talent management solutions on open technology platforms, Moodle and Totara LMS. Lambda Solutions works with organizations to help them achieve better learning outcomes and increase the value of their human capital. Focused in healthcare, education and corporate training, Lambda Solutions provides systems integration, customization, training and support to enterprise-class customers, including Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and TOMS Shoes. Lambda Solutions is a Moodle certified services partner and a Totara Platinum partner. The company has offices in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit

About Nivel Siete

From 2002, Nivel Siete is focused in generating value through e-learning and human performance improvement in the corporate and education sectors. Our portfolio includes a comprehensive set of products and services that enable e-learning capacity in organizations. This capacity allows our customers achieving business objectives efficiently, through the use of technology in teaching and learning.

About Remote-Learner

Remote-Learner has provided technology-enhanced learning solutions to business, educational and governmental organizations since 1982. Today, these services include support for best-of-breed open source programs, including the world’s most widely used open source learning management system, Moodle. Remote-Learner provides support and hosting services, custom development, workforce development training, instructional design and strategic consulting services for organizations planning online learning programs. Remote-Learner maintains corporate offices in Virginia, Kansas, Colorado and Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, serving clients throughout North America. For more information about Remote-Learner, please visit or contact Ron Olsen, Chief Executive Officer,, Inc., at 877-299-1293 x252.

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard is the world’s leading education technology company. We challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning in order to reimagine education and make it more accessible, engaging and relevant to the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them. In partnership with our customers and partners in higher education and K-12 as well as corporations and government agencies around the world, our mission is to help every learner achieve their full potential by inspiring a passion for lifelong learning. For more information about Blackboard, follow us on Twitter @Blackboard.

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