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Tribe Spotlight: Yan Valdes, eLearning & Multimedia Developer

On this edition of #TribeSpotlight, we sat down with Yan Valdes, the eLearning & Multimedia Developer for Learning Tribes in Miami, FL.

Describe your role at Learning Tribes.

I’m the eLearning and Multimedia Developer so I manage the production of the eLearning content we deliver to our clients. I assist all the Project Managers in the development of interactive content using a mix of images and videos with the Storyline and Rise software.

What’s your favorite thing about Learning Tribes?

I get to be creative, be myself, and I have a supportive team. The team’s positive attitude really makes it easier for me when I’m developing content for projects.

What do you think is the next big thing in Learning & Development?

Given that everyone’s schedule nowadays is so busy and hectic, it’s hard for a learner to sit down and complete an entire course. The mindset is shifting towards more bite-sized content instead of long courses so that people who have hectic schedules can just go in and complete these modules a few minutes at a time.

What’s your ethnic background and where did you grow up?

I was born in Cuba and I came to the U.S. when I was 11. My mom is Cuban and my dad’s side is Russian.

What are three things you can’t work without?

Definitely food. Storyline is an application I use every day, too. Working out is also a great way for me to have a balanced life.

What’s your biggest accomplishment?

I was the first to graduate from college in my family. My mom didn’t get to graduate so she always pushed me to go to college. The opportunity to go to college was one of the main reasons why she brought me to the U.S. so it was great to make her proud.

Do you have a secret talent that no one knows about?

I can dance to anything from bachata, to hip hop, to reggae. I’ve loved dancing since I was a kid. I’m pretty quiet, but as soon as some music comes on, I flip to a different person.

What are you currently watching on Netflix?

I like comedy and crime shows but right now I’m watching this show called Life in Pieces on Hulu. It’s a family show about their everyday life situations shown in a funny way.

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