Interim Executive Director, Apereo Foundation
Patrick (@massonpj) most recently served as General Manager for the Open Source Initiative after working within higher education IT for over twenty years, including roles as CIO within the State University of New York, and CTO at the University of Massachusetts' Office of the President. Prior to these, he served as the Director of Technology at the SUNY Learning Network and Director of the UCLA Media Lab.
Patrick is an adjunct instructor with SUNY Albany's College of Computing and Information and speaks frequently on topics related to open source software, open education, and educational technology. Patrick is the co-founder of EDUCAUSE's "Openness" Constituency Group and served on his local school board from 2014-2018.
Secretary of the Apereo Board
I am the Teaching, Learning and Portal lead for OpenCollab. As such, Apereo has played a large role in my life. I have been using and supporting Sakai since Sakai 2.7.
My experience has involved institutions of all sizes and shapes. We support higher education in Africa generally and South Africa in particular.
During this time I have been involved with initiatives in the South African sphere of Sakai. Developing tools for Offline Mobile Learning using Sakai for Unisa (Unipoole ) and NWU (eFundi Move).
My role is focused on the hands-on support, maintenance and rejuvenation of Sakai instances for Universities and other centres of Learning. Providing today's digital learner with the best experience possible, while addressing pressing concerns and limitations.
I am excited about the direction Apereo has taken in the last few years. Specifically expanding its outlook and supporting worth while projects which aid the digital learner in these fluid times. My goal is to expand Apereo's footprint in Africa.
Inge Donkervoort lives in the Netherlands (Europe) and has been trained as a teacher. After a few years she started working as a consultant for the government and in businesses. She became interested in applying ICT for online communication, collaboration and online learning with schools, governments, health care institutions and companies and in 2010 she started her own business in online learning. Inge is director/owner of DLearning. She develops online learning materials for companies and institutions she works with and teaches them how to use Xerte and other tools considering their goals and target group.
Since 2009 Inge has been involved in the Xerte project working on various elements including the translation tool - the internationalization part. Since two year now Inge is working also on learning analytics and adaptive learning connected to Xerte.
Her vision and mission is "open source unless there is no other option". One of the great values of, for example, Xerte / open source is the share and reuse principle. So many beautiful online learning resources are being made that can be (re)used by others. Why reinvent the wheel when you don't have to? Within the Apereo Board she would like to further develop this principle and also play a role in the involvement of the various projects.
Mathilde Guérin has been working at the University of La Rochelle since 2010 where she was responsible for the development and deployment of innovative IT projects (mobile solutions, web portal, etc.). The missions entrusted to her eventually led her to become involved in the ESUP-Portail Consortium, a French organization promoting and developing open-source solutions for higher education. Throughout the years, while coordinating the ESUP-Mobile Working Group, she kept on working on various projects supported or developed by the Consortium which allowed her to have a global view of the Consortium's strategy and activities. At the end of 2014, she was appointed as Technical Director for ESUP-Portail: one of her objectives is to contribute in strengthening the partnership between the Consortium and the Apereo Foundation.
Shoji Kajita is currently a Professor of Kyoto University in Japan with two appointments, one in the IT Planning Office, a part of the Institute of Information Management and Communication, and the other in the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies. Professor Kajita received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in Information Engineering from Nagoya University in Japan in 1990, 1992, and 1998 respectively. At Nagoya University, he served as a Research Associate in the Graduate School of Engineering from 1995 to 1997 and an Assistant Professor in the Center for Information Media Studies (CIMS) from 1998 to 2001. During his work at CIMS, he localized WebCT into Japanese and took the role of WebCT evangelist in Japan as a means of promoting the use of ICT for teaching and learning. From 2002 to 2008, he was an Associate Professor at the Nagoya University Information Technology Center, where he developed the Nagoya University Portal and a next-generation Course Management System for Japanese universities. These works were contributed to the Jasig and Sakai communities for use with uPortal, CAS and the Sakai CLE. His contributions to Jasig and Sakai reflected on the participation in annual (formally semi-annual) Jasig Conferences since 2002 and Sakai Conferences since 2004. Before joining Kyoto University in 2011, his most recent position at Nagoya University was that of an Associate Professor in the Information Strategy Office, a part of the university's Information and Communications Headquarters.
Thierry is the Chief Digital Officer at the Conservatoire national des Arts et Métiers in Paris (Le Cnam)
Le Cnam is the only public higher education institution in France dedicated to life long learning and thus continuous learning with a strong activity in distance online courses. The Cnam National Digital Office is in charge of the implementation of courses digitalisation and MOOC production.
During his career Thierry has always been deeply involved in the use and promotion of open source EdTech : Moodle, Sakai, uPortal, Karuta, Mahara, Pod, H5P and others. He believes and is committed in strong international networking and was a presenter at several conferences: JASIG, MoodleMoot, EDUCAUSE, Online Educa Berlin, Integrated System Europe. He is presently the European member of the EDUCAUSE 2019 annual conference Program Committee and member of Karuta Open Source Portfolio Governing Board.
As expert in EdTech in higher education, he performs an active watch and research on digital learning and presently the pedagogical uses of virtual reality and augmented reality. On behalf of Cnam, he is founder of France Immersive Learning skills centre and vice-president of 3FOD, the French forum for digital learning stakeholders.
He is also involved in two associations of digital professionals in higher education: President of CSIESR, a French association, and Secretary of the Board of EUNIS, a European association. He steers a project using Karuta to provide Cnam lifelong learner with an E-portfolio for professional development based on competencies management.
Thierry holds a PhD in chemistry and bioinformatics from Sorbonne University.
Sam Lee Pan
I have worked at the University of Cape Town (Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching) for the past six years: starting as a Senior Learning Technologies Consultant and moving into my current role as Learning Technologies Operations Manager. I recently was Acting Learning Technologies Co-ordinator (Jan - Sept 2020) for our cluster in the department. Our team maintains and supports the learning management system Vula (Sakai-based), lecture recording system (Opencast-based) and various other educational technologies. There are a number of other Apereo tools that we have adopted as pilots or in production, including Tsugi, OnTask, Xerte and previously OAE. On an individual basis, I have also served in the Apereo Incubation Working Group (2019) and was fortunate to attend a training series by OSS Watch.
I have a diverse background having completed a Masters in Environmental and Geographical Science (2013), and worked in the field of Geographical Information Systems. My passion has always been open source, and I have previous experience working with FOSS GIS and Open Educational Resources. I feel that collaboration is vital for adaptation and growth. Open source allows for more equality and is key in upskilling and capacity building. It is particularly important in a developing world context.
I believe in ongoing development and growth, and since my Masters, I’ve completed a PG Dip in Educational Technology and am currently busy with a postgraduate course in Information Systems. My role in providing support for educational technologies has allowed me to listen and understand the user, and communicate this feedback to the technical team and vice versa. I believe in the values that Apereo supports and the unifying role it provides in a turbulent Higher Education environment of the 21st century.
Salvador is CEO at EDF ( Entornos de Formacion).
Exclusively dedicated to the learning field with new technologies, Salvador works as a general manager at EDF. EDF is an e-learning company established in 2006, working for universities and corporate companies across 3 continents. EDF is involved in Apereo Foundation, working closely as a commercial affiliate for many years.
Salvador’s main goal is focused on Teaching and Learning and how educational technologies can be incorporated effectively.
Prior to EDF, Salvador started in 1995 using computers for education, thus creating a company called Macromoon Multimedia Solutions, where he was the winner of the Möbius Award in edutainment.
His drive for learning with technologies took his business one step further. In the year 2000, Salvador worked in the development of the first Spanish learning management system for the national market, where the results spoke for themselves in the Valencian Government learning department. His work in the project expanded the e-learning formula and he started to manage a new team. As a result, 25 institutions were added to the project, where all infrastructure, software, support and management is centralized in a specialized team that serves around 400.000 users.
The Valencian International University (www.viu.es) proposed an interesting collaborative opportunity where Salvador worked as an IT Educational manager, planning and developing a new online University using open source, in particular Sakai. Since then, Sakai is one of the fundamental technologies used in projects throughout his professional career.
Currently EDF is offering cloud services, as well as support and development in educational technology.
I’ve worked in Higher Education and at the University of Manchester for some time now, including roles in eLearning, Digital Learning, Dev-Ops and IT Management. For the previous nine years I’ve worked on a variety of open source projects and the most significant of these has been deploying and running one of the world’s largest lecture capture systems, operating entirely on open source software. This has provided me with a wide range of experience in terms of commissioning open source projects, funding their development, acting as a product owner and a keen community member.
I’ve found working with open source software to be a transformative experience. Open source frequently comes from the world of higher education and I feel the two worlds are strongly interconnected. The sharing of knowledge, experience and expertise is often a key aspect of what makes open source products so strong, their communities are the driving force behind their prosperity and something that I have not found to exist in the closed source world. Collaboration within and between open source communities is something I am enthusiastic to develop and promote, knowing how much it has benefited myself and the institutions I have worked for.
Vice Chair of the Apereo Board
Boeta Pretorius is the Chief Director of IT at the North-West University. NWU is the second largest University in South Africa and has a mix of campus and distance students. NWU has been a very active and loyal community member of the Sakai-, and now Apereo foundation. Although Sakai, (branded as eFundi at the NWU) is a flagship product at the NWU, other Apereo products like CAS and Matterhorn are also used. NWU is an active member of the Apereo-SA community, and will host the annual Apereo-SA conference in 2018.
I have changed the mission of IT to focus more on the core activities at the University, namely Teaching and Learning, and Research. The Apereo product range forms an integral part of our solutions portfolio to fulfil this mission. I have a long history with the community, and built very good relations and partnerships.
I am also a director of the Association of South African Directors of IT (ASAUDIT) and lead some of the interest groups. As a loyal community member, I am sure I will be able to make a positive difference on the Apereo board.
Chair of the Apereo Board
Anne-Marie Scott is the Deputy Director of the Learning, Teaching and Web Services Directorate at the University of Edinburgh. She has been at the University of Edinburgh since 2002 and was responsible for the selection and development of uPortal as the University enterprise portal platform in 2004. She is an expert in enterprise systems – in addition to implementing uPortal, she led a multi-year project to replace the University Identity Management system, moving operations to a real-time SOA based architecture. The solution delivered was a blend of open source solutions (Grouper, OpenLDAP) and bespoke development.
Since 2011 she has been focused on the University’s learning technology provision, developing strategy and leading large institutional change projects that enhance the student learning experience. She is responsible for the provision of all the centrally provided VLE, eAssessment, ePortfolio and media services in the institution. She has a keen interest in learning analytics, developing policy, undertaking some of the early analysis of data from MOOC platforms, and more recently supporting the inclusion of OnTask into the Apereo Incubation process. Current projects include the rollout of lecture recording into 400 teaching spaces; the adoption of WordPress as an institutional blogging platform, including a Domain of One’s Own service; and a pilot of Jupyter Notebooks to support computational learning.
She is passionate about student co-creation of educational technology services through high value internship opportunities. She has a commitment to open source and open practices more generally – including championing the adoption of open source solutions, open licenses and working closely with the University Wikimedian in Residence.
She holds and MA in English and Scottish Literature and a PG Dip in e-Learning, both from Edinburgh. She volunteers for Girl Geek Scotland as part of the leadership team, supporting women in tech roles within the Scottish IT sector, and has more than a decade of board experience as a Trustee of a building preservation trust.
Joshua Wilson is Longsight’s Chief Operating Officer. He leads client relations, business operations, project management, and strategic planning. In addition, Josh chairs the Sakai Community’s Marketing Team, leads the development of Sakai’s 3-year roadmap, and serves on Sakai’s Project Management Committee. He has been a leader in academic technology for more than a decade. Until 2017, he served as Associate CIO for Academic Technology at Brandeis University, where he directed the strategic and client-centered renewal of the University’s academic technology environment, including its open source LMS. Josh has been an innovator in emerging technologies for teaching and learning and he established the Brandeis MakerLab, a winner of multiple awards at World MakerFaire. Josh has served for more than a decade on the management team for the nationwide MISO Survey, which measures the effectiveness of IT and libraries at more than 150 higher education institutions. Over the past two decades, he has worked in Higher Ed IT in the United States at Brandeis University, Tufts University, and Bowdoin College.