Posted on 14th August, 2018 by Jared Orlin
As part of our ‘Getting to Know’ series of blog posts, we’re talking to key members of the LEO Learning family so you can get to know them a bit better. Today we’re talking to Alan Stewart, a Learning Designer based in LEO Learning’s Brighton office.
Let’s meet Alan.
Describe your role at LEO Learning.
Being a Learning Designer comes with a range of responsibilities, but you’re probably most likely to find me sifting through source material, extracting useful information, and transforming it into engaging and educational material for learners.
Either that, or you’ll find me sitting in LEO Learning’s recording studio munching Jaffa Cakes while pretending to be a monster.
This genuinely happened on one of our client projects.
Which part of working at LEO Learning do you love most?
Being a Game Design graduate – and massive nerd – I’m always excited to work on projects that include gamified elements. Creating games that enable learners to adopt the same cognitive schema required from them in real life, is something for which I have a particular passion. I also love working alongside such clever people. LEO Learning has some smart cookies here.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Am I allowed to mention the Jaffa Cake thing again?
To be honest, I’m still a relative newbie at LEO Learning and something of a greenhorn in the wider learning technologies field as a whole – having been a teacher in a previous life. But in my short time at LEO Learning I’ve become proficient in a range of different authoring tools. I came in knowing Storyline and Fusion: five months later and I can add Lectora, Captivate, and gomo to this ever-growing list. Since LEO Learning is the type of company to continually adapt to the needs of its clients, it requires staff who can shift and change too. I probably feel most proud to be part of a company that adapts and innovates in this way.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome?
Working with an Australian client has required quite a few early morning calls – and I’m not exactly what you’d call a morning person. Fortunately, the clients are genuinely lovely people, which lessens the pain of speaking at 6am. That, and our office’s coffee machine.
What are the three things you can’t work without?
- A computer
- The ambient noise generator asoftmurmur.com (Best. Website. Ever!)
As a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
A goldfish. Or at least that’s what I wrote, aged 7, when completing my class assignment. I think I misunderstood the brief, to be honest… Sorry, Mrs Hulbert.