Meet the Team - Lewis Carr
Describe your role.
I steer the ship here at AdaptiVLE and as such, my involvement spans all departments and projects. Personally, I like to design and build cool eLearning platforms, but I have to fit this in around meetings, travel and the general administration of managing several projects at once.
I'm usually involved with a project from the inception, especially if it's a technically challenging project. My role is to ensure that we fully understand any work we take on and ensure that the right team members are assigned to the tasks. I'm still quite a hands-on CEO, as I like to roll my sleeves up and get stuck in, as I'd hate to lose the design and programming skills I've spent years honing.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
As a kid I just wanted to have superpowers, it was a toss-up between time-travel and invisibility... I could never decide. Then, when I turned 12, my Mum bought me an Atari ST computer and it changed my life. From that day, I knew I wanted to work with computers, and I didn't care what, as long as it was on a computer. I did everything on that Atari, from learning Basic through to MIDI sequencing, drawing, animating and game design. It changed my life and ultimately, laid out the path for my career.
How did you land your current role?
My current role was down to evolution. The company began in my attic, as a self-employed freelancing e-Learning guy and it grew from there. We gained more clients, hired staff, moved office, grew a little bit more and moved offices again. My role has evolved around this and it's constantly changing. My role today will be very different from my role next year, it's very exciting.
What do you love about your job?
The best thing about my job is that I can directly influence the future, without needing that time machine I craved as a kid. Everything I do has a direct impact on the future of the business and this is what I enjoy most. It's the most varied job I've ever had.
What is your favourite piece of software?
Photoshop. I'd live inside Photoshop if I could. I do everything in there, from mockups through to the full-scale prototyping of user interfaces. I'd even type my emails in Photoshop if I could.
Where do you see e-learning in the next 5 years?
This is where my time machine would be handy, I could go all Marty McFly. Mobile will play a big part in the future, maybe not in the form of a phone as we currently know it, it could be in a pair of glasses, earpiece, a watch or maybe something implanted into your brain! Or a combination of all of them. Whatever it is, it will be something that goes with you, all the time. So eLearning in the next 5 years will be just "learning" and it will be available everywhere.