Sprout Labs is on a mission to change how people learn at work.

Sprout Labs builds digital learning platforms that enable you and your team to author, deliver and measure high impact digital learning ecosystems.


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

Read more in the Learning while working manifesto

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



Alok Gavhane

Design Lead

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.

Previous work:

  • 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

Learning Consultant

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

Learning Consultant

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

Learning Designer

Sarah Jane has a PhD in Reconciliation through Music and Art education from the University of Sydney. Her research positions the use of creative arts as having healing and transformative possibilities for learning.  Sarah Jane is a Learning Designer who enjoys transforming work place learning in creative outcome focus ways. She has been involved in developing and leading creative arts projects in the early learning, primary, high school and tertiary sectors as well as within the community and youth arts context. Sarah Jane has worked in community cultural development and is a creative arts practitioner with experience in performance art, print making, ceramics, sculpture, installation, sound design and song writing. 


  • The University of Sydney Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Reconciliation through Music and Art, 2008 – 2014
  • The University of Wollongong  Diploma of Education, Visual and Performing Arts, 1992 – 1993
  • The University of Wollongong , Bachelor of Creative Arts (hons), Painting, Drawing, History of the Arts, Acting, Singing, Voice and Play Reading, Musical Theatre, 1988 – 1991
  • The University of Wollongong, Master of Creative Arts (performance art/installation)
  • The University of Wollongong, Master of Education (Adult Ed)

I pay my respects & acknowledgments to all traditional custodians on whose land I live, work on & travel through.



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