2018: The Year in Review

January 5, 2019

It’s only really brought to our attention how much we have achieved when we have this opportunity to sit down and reflect over the past year. 2018 was an incredible year for all of us at Titus Learning, and it’s wouldn’t be possible without the incredible team that we have in-house, as well as the amazing people that we get to work with on a daily basis.

From everyone here at Titus Learning, we would like to say a final thank you, and let’s see what 2019 has in store!

– Seb, Mike, and the rest of the Titus Learning team.


2018 started like most years do for us at Titus Learning, with an educational technology event. The event (which is a regular fixture in our calendar), was the 2018 Bett Show at the ExCeL stadium in London. It was attended by director Seb, who also gave his own presentation titled “Cracking the International School Market”, which covered topics such as identifying attractive international markets, marketing and brand awareness within the international school market, and supporting overseas clients.

In January we also welcomed a new member to the Titus team, when the highly experienced Guy Thomas joined us as a Moodle developer. You can read more about his story and interests here.


The second month of the year saw us attending our second edtech event, the SEASIMS conference at one of our customer schools (Dulwich College Singapore). As many of our East Asian customer schools were in attendance, it was a great chance to meet up with them making the conference a very special one for us.

We were also given the fantastic news that we had been selected as one of only 6 finalists for 2018’s Education Resources Awards in the “Exporter of the Year” category.


In March we had our first visit from the CEO and founder of Moodle, Martin Dougiamas, as well as Gavin Henrick and Garnet Berry, the business development manager and partnership manager of Moodle respectively.

Again we found ourselves at another education technology conference, represented by (you guessed it) Seb, as well as Lead Developer Marcus Green. The event was the UK MoodleMoot in Glasgow, our first attendance at a Moodle Moot since becoming a Moodle Partner.

Marcus presented two presentations at the MoodleMoot, titled ‘Automated & Peer Assessment: Let the students do some marking!’ and ‘Nord Anglia Education case study: More visual, more social, more educational

To round off a busy month, we also so received some amazing news, as we found out that our head of sales, Luke and his wife, had welcomed their first daughter, Edie, into the world.


With GDPR around the corner, we wrote a handy guide on what GDPR is, and how you can prepare for it. Gaining certified Moodle Partner status was one of our biggest achievements as a company, so we also took time to reflect on what it means to be a Moodle Partner.


Another month and another educational technology conference, which this time brought us to the ‘37th COBIS Annual Conference’. We’ve worked with COBIS over the past year supporting them in managing compliance and accreditation through Moodle, and the conference always serves as a great chance to catch up.

May was also a very busy period for us, as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into full swing. There was a lot of work required on our side to make sure that we were fully GDPR compliant, and that all our customers were protected. You can see a complete run through on how we prepared for GDPR here, as well as view our webinar on what you need to know for Moodle and GDPR compliance.


June marked one year since we moved into our new offices in the Unesco World Heritage site of Saltaire, into the actual office which was once used by our namesake Titus Salt.

We also presented a number of case studies on how we are supporting the future of e-learning at St Albans School, and COBIS.


In July we welcomed another new member to the Titus Team, but not in the traditional sense. We received the great news that co-founder Mike’s wife had given birth to their second daughter, Erin.

We also released a case study on Improving access to e-learning at Alton College.


August is the month when most of our school customers leave for the summer holidays, so we marked this by creating a handy guide on managing year-end procedures in Moodle, which illustrated the best methods based on the hosting options that we provide at Titus Learning.

We also created a useful blog post which detailed how to record audio and video directly in Moodle with Atto, a feature which was introduced in Moodle 3.5.


In September, we officially celebrated one year as a Moodle Partner. Here’s what we accomplished in that time:

  • Written 49 blogs
  • Attended 12 Edtech events
  • Flown 77,000 miles
  • Given 5 MoodleMoot talks
  • Launched Moodle in 19 countries
  • Received 2 award nominations
  • Gained 35 new Moodle clients
  • Supported 346,000 users
  • Cleared 856 support tickets
  • Read 84,310 emails
  • Made 1217 cups of coffee.

We also attended another edtech conference, with our first visit to the annual ALT conference. It’s one that we’ll definitely be adding to our calendar going forward, and you can read a review of our experience here.


World Teachers Day falls on the 5th of October every year, an annual celebration of the people that really make a difference to our lives. This year we wanted to do something special, so we went around the office and asked each person about teachers that inspired them during their education.

One of our lead developers Marcus Green also started a monthly blog post contribution, releasing his first episode: ‘Give students a hint – enhancing your Moodle Quiz’.


November started off brilliantly for us as we were shortlisted as Bett Awards finalists in not just one, but two separate categories; ‘Exporter of the Year’ and ‘Company of the Year’.

We also had the pleasure of welcoming our second new member to the team, Jess, who joined us as ‘Executive Assistant.

Finally, we announced our first ever Regional User Conference, scheduled for May this year, and we’re still interested in hearing from teachers, administrators and school leaders who would be interested in attending the event.


In December we celebrated our 5th birthday, and in a similar fashion to this blog we did a little run through of some of our most memorable moments over the last 5 years, as well as a special thank you video from director Seb.

On top of this, we were also incredibly happy to welcome our third (and final for 2018) new member to Titus Learning, Joanna. With a wealth of experience in the education sector, she became a fine addition to the Support and Delivery team.

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