This month we introduce you to Matthew Kirkey, Product Manager – Technology Platforms at Learning Seat
Hello Matthew, tell us a bit about yourself and your professional journey.
I hail from Canada, where I completed an Honours Degree in Computer Science. After a few contract jobs, I worked for one of the largest Telecom companies there as a Business Analyst and Project Manager. I quickly discovered I enjoyed understanding and solving business problems, be it with technology, process or organisational changes. I went travelling for almost a year and started at Learning Seat in November 2012 as a Business Analyst. In 2014, I was promoted to Product Manager – Technology Platforms where I (try) and manage between 7-13 products across three main streams: Learning Management Systems, Content Delivery Technology and Content Creation Frameworks.
What are your passions outside work?
I enjoy travelling, festivals, live music, terrible dancing and bicycling. I run beer tastings as well, so if you’re keen to find out more about an LMS or craft beer, I’m your guy.
Why did you choose Learning Seat?
When I initially interviewed here, what struck me was the friendliness of the team. Now that I’ve been here for over two years, I can say that on top of being friendly, Learning Seat has some of the most creative and passionate people I’ve had the privilege of working with. The leadership team is willing to invest in their team in order to develop your skills which is a huge plus.
And how does your role fit within the organisation?
My role is to understand what is challenging our clients and then develop and enhance our products to ensure that those challenges are being addressed. Ultimately, my goal is to simplify the management of learning as well as how that learning is created so that our clients can better devote their valuable and limited time.
How do you see organisations using learning management systems in the next few years?
I think that e-learning is set to grow substantially in the next few years. As a result, learning management systems will also grow and you’ll see more content move from face-to-face or just online, to a blended learning combination, where part of a program will have mixed components. Learning management systems don’t always effectively manage face-to-face events, so you will likely see more refinement and sophistication with respect to managing face-to-face learning.