Dr. Samuel Martin-Barbero named to Edu Alliance Group Advisory Council

Bloomington, Indiana October 19, 2020 – Ed Alliance Group Managing Partner Dean Hoke announced today Dr. Samuel Martin-Barbero has been named to the Advisory Council.

Dr. Martin-Barbero currently serves as Presidential Distinguished Fellow at the University of Miami (Florida, US). Previously, he has held the position of Rector/President at University Camilo José Cela, in Madrid (Spain) and Chairman (ex officio) at Foundation University Camilo José Cela. He was Founding-Dean and Professor at IE School of Communication-IE University, Associate Dean and Associate Professor at IE Business School and, Secretary-General of the International Advisory Board at IE University. He worked as Project Manager for Education and Technology at Telefónica Group at a corporate level after some years as a Reporter in the Culture Section for Prisa Media Group (CNN Spain and Cadena Ser).

Samuel Martin Barbero has been an active member of the Global Agenda Council (GAC) in Informed Societies and the Knowledge Advisory Board, both belonging to the World Economic Forum (WEF, in Switzerland), as well as a member of the Board of Directors of DIRCOM (Spanish Association of Communication Directors). He frequently writes on transnational higher education trends and challenges for specialized publications such as Times Higher Education, Higher Education Policy Institute, The Conversation, and World Economic Forum-Agenda blog. Samuel is currently a member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of the academic journal, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator (US). He holds an additional professional background in consultancy, media, and telecom industries.

Mr. Hoke stated, “Dr. Martin-Barbero is a senior executive and university thought leader with proven global, strategic, innovative, and cross-disciplinary experience. He brings expertise and depth in European and United States higher education organizational change and curriculum reform. He is an outstanding addition to our Advisory Council, who help and support Edu Alliance and our clients worldwide.”

Current North American Advisory Council Members of the Edu Alliance Group are:

  • Thomas Delaney, technology consultant and previously Vice President of Global Technology and Chief Global Technology Officer at New York University
  • Dr. Denise Gifford, Associate Provost American University Ras al Khaimah
  • Dr. Candance Goodwin, Executive Coach, and former university President and Vice President
  • Dr. Stephen Jones, President/CEO of Great Blue Heron and past Chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks 
  • Dr. Cheryl King workforce development expert and past President of Kentucky Wesleyan University  
  • Dr. Daniel King, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of University Administrators
  • Dr. Allen Meadors, former President of St. John International University in Torino, Italy
  • Jay Noren M.D., Founding Director of Masters of Healthcare Administration program, the University of Illinois-Chicago and former President of Wayne State University
  • Marci Powell, online learning expert, and CEO of Marci Powell and Associates
  • Dr. Barry Ryan, accreditation expert and President Emeritus of Sophia University
  • Ken Salomon, Chair Thompson Coburn Lobbying and Policy Group.

Edu Alliance Group, Inc. (EAG) is an education consulting firm located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and Bloomington, Indiana USA. We assist higher education institutions worldwide on a variety of mission critical projects. Our consultants are accomplished university / college leaders who share the benefit of their experience to diagnose and solve challenges.

EAG has provided consulting and successful solutions for higher education institutions in Australia, Egypt, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda,  United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

Edu Alliance offers higher education institutions consulting services worldwide. Our US office specializes in assisting universities on international projects and partnerships. If you like to know more how Edu Alliance can best serve you, please contact Dean Hoke at dean.hoke@edualliancegroup.com 

Five Takeaways from MoodleMoot US 2020

By Nancy K. Hoke Partner Edu Alliance Group October 12, 2020. Last week I spent several days participating in MoodleMoot US online, where over 450 educators, learning technologists and developers from the Moodle community came to together in this outstanding virtual event. As always, the Moodle community was on board with excellent techniques and new ideas for working within Moodle – especially during the pandemic. I want to share my 5 top items from the event.

1.  Moodle Upgrades – the current latest version of Moodle is 3.9, which was released in May 2020. 3.10 will be released in November 2020, and 3.11 will be released in May. This schedule allows for Moodle HQ to maintain their six-month release schedule. Moodle 4.0 is scheduled be released in November 2021. The developers are focusing on user experience and working on navigation, workflow, and course creation. The student experience is being simplified, and the goal is to make the courses more transparent.

2.  Moodle for Workplace – this new option for Moodle is based on Moodle LMS and is designed and marketed to corporations and large non-profits. It allows for the creation of multi-tenancy. This concept allows large companies to break out their departments and separate companies under their umbrella using one installation. Workplace multi-tenancy allows for each department to have its own branding and content. Programs (like courses) provide the learning pathways. Workplace features include: certifications, migration features, dynamic rules to set conditions, a report builder, and a Moodle Workplace App. Workplace is only available through a Moodle partner. 

3.  Moodle Educator Certification Program – this is a new program offered through Moodle partners. The course consists of 6 core areas and takes about 6 to 8 weeks to complete. Badges are awarded for each of the core areas, and Moodle HQ will award the final certificate at the successful end of the course.  Designed for teachers, instructors, and trainers, this program uses leading research on curriculum development and digital competency standards to provide educators with transferable knowledge and skills that impact teaching and learning practice. Please note that the certificate program is available through Moodle partners and is fee-based.  To get additional information go to Moodle Educator Certification Program.

4.  Big Blue Button – this open-source activity has been available for several years, but with the pandemic, there has been more focus on the ability to interact with students. The Big Blue Button provides a vast selection of tools to be used during a session, including a shared whiteboard, chat, video, require attendance, completion of an activity, and the ability to edit and publish recorded sessions. The developers are focusing on integration, application, and analytics.  

5.  H5P– While I have been in Moodle for over 12 years, this activity is new to me. With Moodle 3.9 H5P is now a part of the core Moodle LMS. H5P allows for the creation and integration of interactive content. H5P is a free, content authoring plugin that is integrated with Moodle. It lets you easily create and share rich, HTML5 interactive content, such as videos, quizzes, games, and presentations – for learning activities, enrichment, and recall testing. With H5P, a faculty member can create a collage, dialog cards, dictation, drag, and drop, find hotspots, flashcards, image sequencing, and many more.

Over the last 12 years I have seen Moodle grow and develop into a significant engaging LMS while remaining open source that matches any other commercial LMS. I am very proud to be a part of the Moodle community which is committed to serving educators and students globally. If we can provide you with training or support within Moodle please contact me at Edu Alliance.


Nancy K. Hoke is a partner of Edu Alliance and member of the Board of Directors. Her expertise is online instruction, instructional design, instructional technology, and digital video/audio production. With over 40 years’ experience Ms. Hoke has worked in higher education, K-12 and non-profit sectors. Her expertise is in training, designing, and producing instructional media that assists in providing quality instruction and successful learning outcomes.  In addition she served as a  public broadcasting executive and was responsible for broadcast program  for K-12 instructional television.

Nancy worked in the United Arab Emirates  for 8 years in higher education and K-12 providing expertise in online and blended learning. During her tenure at Khalifa University she managed the learning management system and the instructional technology. As a part of the start-up for Khalifa University, Ms Hoke provided research and recommendations for the learning management system and the technology to be purchased and implemented in the classroom. Ms Hoke is recognized as a expert in online learning and learning management systems and has presented and trained  in Europe, South Korea,  Oman, United Arab Emirates, and the United States. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska and a Masters from Michigan State University.