Meet Scott Bredael! Instructional Designer at our Minnesota office.
Tell us about yourself!
I grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin—Madison where I graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I worked for 10 years as a sales support and service engineer in a variety of industries including food manufacturing, paper machine technology, and boiler systems with an emphasis on heat transfer and thermodynamics. In 2001, I reassessed my skills and interests and decided to pursue a career in education, specifically applied math and science.
How did you hear about Edmentum?
In 2002, after moving with my wife from Wisconsin to Minnesota, I answered an ad for an “algebra writer” in the Star Tribune posted by PLATO Learning. I worked for PLATO as a curriculum writer from May 2002 to December 2005. I left PLATO in 2005 to care for my two young children full-time. In March 2012, I returned to the company in the role of instructional designer, my current position.
What are you and your department responsible for?
As an instructional designer, I oversee the creation of PLATO Courseware products from the initial product requirements to the delivery of the final lesson into editing and testing. I’m responsible for the educational integrity of PLATO Courseware and ensuring that our products are delivered on time and within budget so schools have access to our products when promised. I also work on course maintenance and special projects such as custom courses and state list approvals originating with our Overlay sales team.
What interests you about the field that you are in?
I’ve always loved school since I was a child. When you’re a student, each September you’re offered a fresh start. You’re given a clean slate so you can prove to yourself and the world what you can accomplish. Somehow that really appeals to me. Cracking open a fresh textbook (or e-course!) generates anticipation and excitement. It sounds cliché, but the pursuit of knowledge lasts a lifetime. I’m thrilled to bring my knowledge of applied math and science to learners of all ages in a way that’s fun, relevant, and easy for them to understand. I want them to enjoy school as much as I did (and still do).
What is the most enjoyable aspect of your job?
The most enjoyable aspect of my job is working with a diverse group of talented people. When I look around the Curriculum group, I see a cross-section of people and talents that positively feeds the courseware. Each of us has unique life experiences and the department managers leverage our skills in the most optimal ways. When you have a group of people approaching problems from several angles, they come up with varied and effective solutions. I’m surrounded by people that make me laugh and whose individuality really shines through.
What activities are interested in outside of work?
I enjoy playing recreational ice hockey. At 5’8” tall (on a good day), I never considered playing. But when I learned that players aren’t allowed to check me, it sounded much more appealing. : ) Living in the land of 10,000 lakes, it just made sense to give it a try. It’s a great way to exercise and to meet new people. Minnesota has such an amazing hockey culture.
What are your professional goals?
I believe in legacies, so I always want to be making something to leave behind. I enjoy creating things. My goal is to continue to make quality educational products and to continue sharing best practices with others. I’m specifically interested in content presentation—how all the facets of multimedia work together to enhance the student experience. I plan to strengthen my project management skills and am looking forward to becoming a senior instructional designer.