Sprout Labs is on a mission to change how people learn at work.
Sprout Labs works with organisations to design learning ecosystems that accelerate expertise. We work with clients across health care, government, pharmaceutical, finance, insurance, engineering, information technology, media and professional services.
Our learning programs help employees to develop the expertise needed to make complex decisions faster; manage risk, and provide actionable, sound, detailed advice.
The current state of workplace learning as we see it
Workplace learning is broken. Most organisations are not getting the results they need from their learning programs.
Some of the reason for this are:
- our workplaces are rapidly becoming more complex and most people are not learning fast enough
- the complexity of the decisions that need to be made in the workplace is increasing
- eLearning has not fully realised its potential for transforming learning.
Experiential learning concepts like the 70:20:10 framework are beginning to make a difference. Learning at work needs to reflect the natural way we learn, it needs to restore our curiosity, and it needs to support our desire to learn with others.
To achieve this, workplace learning doesn't just need another tool or piece of technology. What is needed is a different way of thinking. Sprout Labs is using design thinking methods to change how people learn at work
We refer to ourselves as the Sprouts
Dr Robin Petterd
Learning and Performance Consultant
Robin has a PhD in creative interactive digital media and has worked in that field since 1993, training people since 1995. He has been involved in all parts of the education sector, including as the main teacher of digital media/multimedia at TAFE Tasmania in Hobart (2003-7) and as Team Leader of Art, Craft and Design (South).
In 2007 he established Sprout Labs; since then he has worked with a wide range of clients including IP Australia, the University of Sydney, the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services, The University of Melbourne, Skills Tasmania, the Local Government Association of Tasmania and the Hobart City Council.
Doctor of Philosophy (New Media), University of Tasmania, 2002
Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours (Video), University of Tasmania, 1993
Learning Technologies Manager
Peter has a background in web development, applications programming and vocational education. Since the late 1980s he has worked as an analyst programmer and web developer for a variety of clients and organisations, including Telstra, Fujitsu and Woolworths. From 2009 he worked as an eLearning specialist for the Tasmanian governement agency: Skills Tasmania.
- Running some of the first MOOCs in Australia: 23 things for educational professionals (2007, 2008 and 2009)
- Writing and maintaining the vocational education materials site: ntisthis.com, serving ~ 1.5 million pages a month
- Creating and running the creative commons search engine: flickrCC, serving ~ 5 million pages a month
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Adult Education, 2011
- Bachelor of Vocational Education and Training, Adult Contiuing Education and Teaching, 2007
- Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, 2005
- Associate Degree in Information Technology (Information Systems), Computer Science, 1997
Alok has a background in online and print media. He moved to Hobart in 2013 after working in India for 5 years. Alok graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (online media) from the University of Tasmania. While completing his Masters Alok held an internship at Sprout Labs, working on a Location Based Learning Experiment during his final semester.
Alok worked as the Senior Graphic Designer on a number of online media campaigns, branding, websites and project planning at Amura Technologies Digital Marketing Agency between 2011-2013.
Between 2010 to 2011 Alok worked as the Senior Graphic Designer in the in-house marketing team in a leading real estate company, Gera Developments.
During 2008 to 2011 Alok worked as a Graphic Designer at ALERT which is a non-for-profit organisation in India dedicated to raising awareness of climate change
Alok has also completed various freelance projects in India and Australia while studying and working
- Masters of Fine Arts (Graphic Design), University of Tasmania, 2013
- Graducate Diploma in Visual Communication, Symbiosis Institute of Design, India 2004-2008.
Graeme Kirkwood is an experienced educator, researcher, writer, photographer and musician.
Following a 20 year career in Tasmanian senior secondary colleges as a teacher, curriculum officer and principal, Graeme managed his own education and training consultancy for seven years, before joining TAFE Tasmania as Manager, Learning Development. While at TAFE Tasmania Graeme developed whole-of-organisation change management plans which combined strategies for building staff capability with a focus on knowledge sharing, blended learning. Recently he was Manager of Professional Learning at the Tasmanian Polytechnic where he led teaching and learning programs for 250 teaching staff, and initiated the development of a Bachelor of Education (Applied Learning) in collaboration with UTAS. He started with Sprout Labs as a Learning Consultant in June 2012. Robin and Graeme have already collaborated on several learning design and development projects.
Areas of expertise/specialty
- Australian Vocational Educational System
- Learning and Instructional design
- Professional development for eLearning
- Assessment design
- Writing for learning
- Educational management
- Organisational change management for flexible delivery
- BA (Hons), University of Tasmania, 1974
- Diploma of Education, University of Tasmania, 1975
- Associate Diploma in Fine Arts, University of Tasmania, 1986
- Diploma of Training and Assessment Systems, 2000
- Diploma of Training and Assessment, 2006
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, 2011
Cheryle Walker is an innovative and endlessly optimistic learning and development strategist with a career history in sales, marketing and business development. She has worked and played in the oil, manufacturing, franchising, retail, fast food, bakery, directories advertising and financial services industries.
In her most significant career role at National Australia Bank, Cheryle initiated and successfully operationalized three new digital learning channels that met core business objectives with measurable results.
A Masters degree in Training and Development was just the beginning of Cheryle’s desire to lead and follow in the design of learning experiences and environments. Her approach is to challenge traditional paradigms, open the social opportunities, explore technology and democratise learning within an organisation.
More recently Cheryle has participated in a Global Change Leadership program at Harvard University, and is keen to champion social change within the corporate arena, particularly the opportunity of developing responsive learning cultures in large organisations.
Cheryle works with her clients to move strategic agendas into operational success. She also delivers the Certification in Online Learning Facilitation, enabling anyone to create highly interactive learning experiences in live online environments utilising web conferencing.
Sarah Jane Moore
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Reconciliation through Music and Art, 2008 – 2014
Visual Communication Designer
Laura has recently completed her Bachelors Degree with Honours in Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania. Laura studied a double major in visual communication and photography and has a strong illustrative focus in her work.
Qualifications:Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours, University of Tasmania, 2015
The Sprout Labs Consortium
Sprout Labs often leads consortiums of learning companies to realise projects. Some of our current partners are