Bob Puffer has thirty-five years of information technology experience, in software development, networks and systems, and IT management. Employed in the retail, manufacturing, and supply chain management industries Bob came to higher education twelve years ago to manage the LMS for Luther College. Bob guided Luther College away from Blackboard onto Moodle in Fall, 2004. He presented on Moodle at the 2005 Educause event at a time when few had even heard of Moodle and has gone onto present on Moodle across numerous venues. He was a founding member of CLAMP (Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project) and was chosen by the NITLE Foundation as their ‘Moodle Fellow’ providing assistance to other higher education institutions around North America. Bob has consulted with numerous organizations including many colleges, K12, Iowa Public Broadcasting, and venture capitalists seeking to enter the LMS marketplace.
In 2009 Bob developed his own alternative gradebook (LAE Grader Report) which has had over 25,000 downloads and is used by schools all over the world. In June, 2014 he co-chaired the very successful Moodle Gradebook Workshop in Long Beach, California with Mark McKay of UMN.
Bob continues to innovate with many add-ons to Moodle including a tight integration to Google Apps for Education (Morsle), an internal course evaluations module utilizing Google Apps for reporting and an incoming student pre-registration and placement Moodle course, also utilizing Google Apps for reporting. His next area of focus is learning analytics based off from the work done at Purdue.