KHPeople: Andre Crawford

The KHP Learning Technologist explains his interest in the latest tech, and how it helps to continually keep learning in his rapidly developing field.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Andre CrawfordA few things really. I enjoy designing, developing, and improving on the user’s experience when they use the KHP Learning Hub. This involves several steps but put simply it means listening to our valued users and then designing, developing, deploying and reviewing the improved components.

It is a cycle really but a cycle I enjoy being involved in because I get to be creative, solve problems and learn new things. Less exciting to others but exciting for me is building our data analytics dashboards using the data we have on the Learning Hub. There is a lot of interesting data on there that we can pull from to improve the user’s experience.

What inspired you to get into this work?

I fell into it really. From an early age I have always been interested in the latest tech: smartphones, computers, VR, AR. I also found teaching quite rewarding and was naturally quite good at it, well, according to my learners anyway. So, tech and education led me to becoming a Learning Technologist.

What are the benefits of working in partnership?

I imagine readers hear this one quite often, but it must be the fact that I get to work with a diverse group of people from a wide spectrum of specialisations and disciplines. They are all unique and have diverse ways of working, but they all work extremely hard.

What would be your career top tips?

Give yourself an aim or goal to meet, then build in daily habits and routines that you think will help you achieve that goal. Remember that there are tons of people who have travelled down the path that you are on or plan to go down. The wonderful thing is, all this information is online, or through books, audio books, YouTube, and articles.

Continue to learn: Everything moves so quickly, especially the tech field. It moves at a rapid pace, so you must continue to build on your knowledge and experience at a fast pace too. There are tons of resources and short courses online that you can use to further develop yourself. Just do not stop learning but do not overwork yourself either. You must know when to take a break so that you can more effectively reflect before pursuing your goals again.

Lastly, be open to listening to others and changing your perspective of things if its beneficial to you and others.

The KHP Learning Hub is a free training and development resource for staff and students in the partnership – explore all the courses and webinars here.

KHP Education has recently published its new strategy, ‘Beyond the Curriculum 2023-2028’. Read it here.