Learners Podcast

Learners Collective Inc.

Welcome to the Learners Podcast, a podcast for tech professionals looking to grow. We ask individuals at all stages of their career how they build a team, how corporate culture impacts their work, how they evangelize their work, and their opinions on pressing topics in their area of expertise. We also talk about how we can support each other on our journey of ongoing learning.

All Episodes

Christina and Alec talk about what successful research culture looks like, road mapping in UX Research and how to say no as a researcher.

May 2020

31 min 25 sec

Beth and Alec talk about leading an “experience research team”, scaling your insights, and how to make an impact.

May 2020

40 min 33 sec

Patti and Alec talk about research at Mailchimp, hot wings, and transferring knowledge to the rest of your team.

Jun 2020

42 min 3 sec

Rachel and Alec discuss pivoting to UX Research, researching behaviour change in the carpool space and carving out your own role at your company.

Jun 2020

41 min 58 sec

Alec sits down with Xbox’s Principle User Research Lead Tom Lorusso for a deep dive into UXR in the gaming industry.

Jan 25

27 min 18 sec

Alec talks with Molly McCown, Product Researcher at Homebase, to discuss what it’s like to transition from the restaurant service industry to customer service, and then to UXR. They talk about how knowing how to deal with and understand customers helped Molly in UX Research.

Jan 27

27 min 2 sec

Alec sits down with Paula Azevedo Macedo, the Head of UX Research at Nubank, to better understand what it’s like to do research in Brazil and the UXR community in South America.

Feb 1

33 min 15 sec

Alec talks with Genevieve Singer, User Researcher at Github and Toluwa Awodiya, Senior Product Researcher at SurveyMonkey about how to land a new career at a growing tech company.

Feb 3

26 min 21 sec

Alec sits down with Eddie Pearson, User Researcher at Stocksy United and Dominique Moore, Social Trust Research Assistant at Apple - to discuss the role of social media in UXR, and how social media can help land you a gig in UXR.

Feb 10

29 min 9 sec

Alec sits down with Carolyn Morgan, an independant User Experience & Design Researcher, and Florida Doci, Senior Product Researcher at Shopify to discuss common misconceptions about graduate degrees and the skills UX Researchers could have picked up in Grad school. 

Feb 15

33 min 19 sec

Alec sits down with researchers Sofya B. and Aysegul K. to chat about how the UX Research industry functions differently in Europe, and the unique challenges UX researchers face in Europe.

Feb 17

33 min 40 sec

http://joinlearners.com Listen to Ray Kim and Kyle Osborne discuss what's new on joinlearners.com. They cover everything from our community offerings to new talks on the platform. This week we discussed topics such as what is the researcher's mindset, how to share insights in ways that stick, mistakes we made early in our career, and how to build trust on a remote team. Join us next week as we discuss our throwback content from conferences past and feel free to sign up here to start your own Learners Club https://bit.ly/34bL6Ox

May 21

33 min 14 sec

http://joinlearners.com Listen to Ray Kim and Kyle Osborne discuss what's new on joinlearners.com. They cover everything from our community offerings to new talks on the platform. This week we had a special guest, Sam Ladner with us to discuss generative research, A-B testing, and her UXRConf 2018 talk. Kyle and Ray wrapped up the episode with a summary of some of our throwback streams from the week where we streamed talks from UXRConf 2018 and 2019. Join us next week and feel free to sign up here to start your own Learners Club https://bit.ly/34bL6Ox

May 28

52 min 3 sec

http://joinlearners.com Listen to Ray Kim and Kyle Osborne discuss what's new on joinlearners.com. They cover everything from our community offerings to new talks on the platform. This week we had a special guest, Victoria Sosik with us to discuss scaling UX Research impact, her UXRConf 2019 talk. Kyle and Ray wrapped up the episode with a summary of some of our throwback streams from the week where we streamed talks from UXRConf 2018 and 2019. Join us next week and feel free to sign up here to start your own Learners Club https://bit.ly/34bL6Ox

Jun 4

53 min 44 sec

http://joinlearners.com Listen to Ray Kim and Kyle Osborne discuss what's new on joinlearners.com. They cover everything from our community offerings to new talks on the platform. This week we had a special guest, Dave Hora with us to discuss working as an independent researcher, understanding your stakeholders, and walking from Portugal to Spain. Join us next week and feel free to sign up here to start your own Learners Club https://bit.ly/34bL6Ox

Jun 11

54 min 17 sec

http://joinlearners.com Listen to Ray Kim and Kyle Osborne discuss what's new on joinlearners.com. They cover everything from our community offerings to new talks on the platform. This week we had a special guest, Alec Levin with us to discuss hiring your first UX Researcher, his journey into research, and starting a business. Join us next week and feel free to sign up here to start your own Learners Club https://bit.ly/34bL6Ox

Jun 18

49 min 14 sec

Alec chats with Gregg Bernstein, author and lead user researcher at Webflow. They discuss Gregg’s new book Research Practice: Perspectives from UX researchers in a changing field. Gregg’s new book now available at: https://www.amazon.ca/Research-Practice-Perspectives-researchers-changing-ebook/dp/B08P9VZJFN (https://www.amazon.ca/Research-Practice-Perspectives-researchers-changing-ebook/dp/B08P9VZJFN)

Jun 25

28 min 54 sec

Alec speaks with Jo, the CEO of Maze. Listen in to hear Jo’s story and about recent changes in the research industry.

Jul 2

23 min 52 sec

Alec sits down with Stevie Yap, Director of Research at Xero. Learn about Stevie’s journey into research from academia and much more.

Jul 9

28 min 7 sec

Alec chats with Michael Winnick, the CEO and Co-Founder of Dscout. They chat through democratization, new trends in UXR, generative research and more.

Jul 16

38 min 34 sec

Alec sits down with Jessie Thomas, a Senior Design Researcher at Xbox. They talk through her story, with a focus on systems research—dealing with complex design systems, teams and more.

Jul 23

26 min 42 sec

Alec talks with Kyle Osborne, who works with Alec at Learners (formerly UXR Collective). They chat about Kyle’s annual UX Research Salary Survey.

Jul 30

23 min 32 sec