Folks, I generally try to keep this blog free of my more personal opinions, but a friend to the E-Learning community has passed, and it’s truly important that we take a pause to remember him.
Claude Ostyn was a pioneer with Phillip Dodds and a few others on developing the original specification for SCORM. His involvement as a consultant on SCORM since its inception was (and frankly, is) important and influential. For many years, Claude has been the strongest voice of implementors — sometimes his was the sole voice speaking out on behalf of developers and programmers of both content and learning systems on making SCORM easier and more accessible.
I was blown away from his dedication.
There are some people who only saw Claude in conferences, and without context they saw him as stubborn, maybe confrontational. Claude always made sense to me.
I admired his dedication to the many of us who have to just make things work and implement, as well as his tenacity in making sure his message was received — not just getting his voice heard. Claude often articulated concerns that I had but could not find the words to express clearly. I was often corrected by Claude, publicly, but I appreciated the wall of absolute candor that I could steady myself against.
Claude was the real deal. He’s written more articles and tutorials, patrolled the message boards and worked with so many communities in this trade than I could ever read up on, and he was doing it from the get-go.
His passing is our collective loss, and if there is any good to come from it, it will be that all of us involved in making E-Learning accessible for others to develop to step up, take the lead and share what we learn in his stead.
I was reminded once by a luminary in this field that we’re all new at this. We have a lot less to learn because of Claude, and I will miss that uniquely Belgian wit.