Executive Director / CEO
Vivie is responsible for the strategic planning and vision of Etudes, Inc. as well as product management and development of educational software and applications to support online teaching and learning. Vivie formed the Etudes Consortium in 2002 and extended the use of Etudes LMS and services to distance learning programs to California Community Colleges.
In May of 2008, Vivie founded Etudes, Inc., and led Etudes from a campus project to a non-profit 501(c)(3), public charity organization that leads software development and offers e-learning services to higher education institutions. Vivie also spear-headed the Sofia Initiative for undergraduate education, and is helping shape the vision of open source and open education.
Prior to managing Etudes, Inc., Vivie served as the Dean of Learning Technology and Innovations at Foothill College (2000-2008), where she managed the distance learning program, grew its online degree and certificate offerings, and put Foothill College on the spotlight nationally with many technology initiatives. In 2004, Vivie led the adoption of Sakai and was a founding member of the Sakai Board, representing community college needs.
Vivie was the recipient of the 2002 Technology Leadership Award from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. “She was chosen for the prestigious statewide award for her prominence within the arena of higher educational technological resources management, exemplary organizational management and leadership qualities, advocacy of effective use of technology in supporting institutional goals, and contributions to growth of the profession as a whole,” as per the selection committee. Vivie was also selected for the League Innovator of the Year Award for Foothill De Anza Community College District (2002).
Senior Learning Systems Developer
Murthy is a senior software developer and architect and has worked extensively in the industry as an IT consultant on internet technologies. He holds bachelor in Engineering and a Diploma in advance computing.
Learning Systems Developer
Rashmi has worked as a software consultant for start-ups and high-tech companies on several E-Business projects. She is quite versatile and can work on any end like GUI/server side development and in any phase of software development – from requirement analysis to development. She holds a Masters in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University.
Marlene has been with Etudes since 2001 bringing her administrative and organizational skills to the department’s ambitious technology projects and support services. Marlene holds a Database Systems and Concepts Certificate from University of California, Santa Cruz Extension and a Web Development Certificate from San Jose State University Extension. She is our resident online student having earned her Associate of Science Degree in Accounting from Foothill College in 2008 entirely online. Accepted at California State University East Bay, Marlene’s next goal is a Bachelors of Art in Human Development.
Marlene loves to read, especially to others, and is always on the lookout for books that will interest daughter Jori’s classes as well as audio books to liven her commute.
Certified Etudes Trainer & Marketing
After teaching at Los Angeles Valley College for over thirty-five years, Jim is now Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies. For his last 6 years, Jim was the college’s Distance Learning Trainer where he had the opportunity to help design instructor’s classes and improve their online teaching skills. Currently Jim is providing distance-learning training at West Lost Angeles College where he is helping develop their Quality Matters online course evaluation procedure. And, yes, he is still teaching online courses in communication. Jim is also pleased to be facilitating advanced courses in Etudes teaching strategies.
Jim has more time now because his two children have graduated from college and moved back east to live. He is torn between enjoying the freedom of the empty nest and missing his children. In his free time Jim listens and plays music on the guitar and banjo and works out including keeping up his black belt in karate. And, of course, keeping his wife of 33 years happy.