eLumen is pleased to announce that Chris Houston has joined our team as the new Senior Technical Product Owner. Chris comes to eLumen with 14 years of experience working in technology while spending the last 7 years in higher education at Capella University (now Strategic Education Inc.) as a Senior IT Business Analyst. Chris has been a leader in eliciting requirements, crafting features derived from customer needs, and using his toolset to facilitate the development of numerous successful online products, systems, and solutions.
Chris is passionate about solving complex problems and achieving the unprecedented. Chris was instrumental in the success of Capella’s FlexPath courseroom experience through creative solution design and collaboration with the LMS architecture team. When most online Learner Management System (LMS) courseroom experiences are homogeneous in presentation, mostly limited to out-of-the box features, Capella was able to achieve a pioneering course experience to complement its revolutionary competency-based, learner-centric online program.
Since 2016, Chris has been a regular contributor to IMS Global Learning Consortium and a supporter of their technical standards. He was a contributor to the Competency and Academic Standard Exchange (CASE) specification, published in 2017, which defines a common data format for Competency statements (learning objectives). His work on the Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) emerging specification (previously called the Extended Transcript) led to becoming a Co-Chair of the IMS Comprehensive Learner Record technical workgroup in 2018. This work continues as the team nears completion of the CLR specification.
In Chris’ new role as Senior Technical Product Owner at eLumen, he will immediately add more horsepower to the Product Management organization and will be very focused on creating more clarity and transparency around the product roadmap, detailed requirements and specifications, as well as product architecture. He will also help us better define our role in the larger integrated higher ed tech ecosystem on campus, leaning heavily on his background developing and implementing integration standards such as LTI, CASE, and others.