ICICLE Update: January 2019

ICICLE Participants,

Join us Thursday, January 17th for our monthly community call at 11am EST. We'll be meeting as usual via https://join.me/IEEE-ICICLE  and the call is scheduled for one hour's length. An agenda will be posted here.


How are you thinking about Learning Engineering?

In December 2018 at OEB18, Ellen Wagner and Jane Bozarth spoke about "Learning Engineering: The Next Wave."  As follow-up, Ellen Wagner had an in-depth Q&A with Campus Technology on Learning Engineering: Making Education More "Professional"  and Jane Bozarth provides an overview in her column, Nuts and Bolts: Learning Engineering? Instructional Design? 

At the LearnLaunch Conference next week, Dr. Melina Uncapher,  an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at University of California, San Francisco, will be keynoting on "How Can Learning Engineering Be Applied In Schools?"  


Please share your Learning Engineering stories with us! 

Anyone coming to Educause Learning Initiative conference next month?  We'll be there to talk about The Role of Learning Engineering for Next-Gen Learning Technologies.


2019 ICICLE Conference on Learning Engineering

The registration site for the May 2019 ICICLE conference is up! Register for tickets and tell your networks! We are expecting the event to sell out quickly, so don't delay and be sure to get in on the Early Bird pricing.

The conference is designed for dialogue, not traditional presentations. We'll be talking about findings, research, and accomplishments in Learning Engineering. All attendees are eligible to submit papers and multi-media presentation for the post-conference Proceedings (more info about how to publish here). We'll also be deciding what happens next after ICICLE. 

Check out the  Conference Schedule.  We'll have conversations around topics such as: 

  • Will the Real Learning Engineer Please Stand Up? 

  • What Type of Learning Engineer Are You?  

  • What a graduate curriculum for Learning Engineering may include 

  • Competencies for Learning Engineers who design learning experiences 

  • Emerging technologies from a Learning Engineering perspective: AI, adaptive, learning analytics, xReality, blockchain, 5G, and more

  • What have we learned so far in developing Adaptive and AI Supported Learning Systems at scale

  • Why (and how) Learning Engineering adds value 

  • Real stories of what people learned in real projects 

  • Policy/Culture Changes for Organizations that Design & Implement Data Reflective Learning Experiences

  • How learning engineering can be considered a team sport  

  • And more... 

Sessions will be interactive, participatory and explorative to discuss we can apply learning engineering to our companies, universities, schools and organizations.  We welcome everyone to come and join us at the conference.
 

Conference Support

Do you represent an org/entity who may be interested in supporting the conference financially? Please contact the Chair directly at <shelly@yetanalytics.com> to discuss. There are a variety of tiers of support available.


Thank You!

As always, I'm looking forward to the conversation on Thursday. SIG Chairs and Committee Leads should be ready to give brief updates. Please contact me if you would like anything added to the agenda.


Shelly

Shelly Blake-Plock, IEEE ICICLE, Chair

ICICLE Update: December 2018

ICICLE participants,

Join us Thursday, December 20th for our monthly community call at 11am EDT. We'll be meeting as usual via https://join.me/IEEE-ICICLE  and the call is scheduled for one hour's length. An agenda will be posted here.

New Reads
Have you checked out Learning Engineering for Online Education edited by Chris Dede, John Richards, and Bror Saxberg? It is now available and I found it to be a "must read" for folks interested in Learning Engineering. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about the book.

Events

ICICLE members have participated in many events over these past two months. In November, we were in China at AI and Adaptive Systems. There was a presentation on establishing an ICICLE Military Training Chapter at the I/ITSEC Conference in Florida. IEEE TALE took place in Australia this month with Special Track on Engineering of Learning Technologies: An Emerging Discipline and Bror Saxberg as keynote speaker.  At  OEB Berlin we had a session on "Learning Engineering: The Next Wave". Really exciting events and amazing span of coverage for Learning Engineering.

If you are planning to present at any conference, let's connect via the ICICLE Slack #chances-to-meet channel or please reach out directly to let us know. Additionally, as always, please let us know what you have published or presented so that we can share your work with others.  

We want to know about your work on LE! So, please contact Jodi <jodillis@gmail.com> with all of your news.
 

Conference
The registration site for the May 2019 ICICLE conference is up! Register for tickets and tell your networks! We are expecting the event to sell out quickly, so don't delay and be sure to get in on the Early Bird pricing.

The event is organized around three questions:

  • What are the competencies of learning engineering?

  • What do we know about learning, and what does our knowledge suggest about design of learning experiences, conditions for learning, and use of supporting technologies?

  • How will the emerging learning engineering profession address privacy versus personalization?

SIGs are in the process of finalizing descriptions of the sessions.  

If you represent an org/entity who may be interested in supporting the conference, please contact the Chair directly at <shelly@yetanalytics.com> to discuss.
 

SIGs
SIGs are meeting on regularly basis and are having engaging discussions, presenting guest speakers, and fostering further explorations of Learning Engineering. Dates and times for each of the SIG meetings are posted on the SIG page on the ICICLE website.
 

Thank You!
As always, I'm looking forward to the conversation on Thursday. SIG Chairs and Committee Leads should be ready to give brief updates. Please contact me if you would like anything added to the agenda.
 

Shelly

Shelly Blake-Plock

IEEE ICICLE, Chair

ICICLE Update: October 2018

ICICLE participants,

Join us Thursday, October 18th for our monthly community call at 11am EDT. We'll be meeting as usual via https://join.me/IEEE-ICICLE  and the call is scheduled for one hour's length. An agenda will be posted here.

Upcoming Events

Learning Solutions published Learning Engineering and the Future of eLearning in advance of next week's Learning Engineering Summit on October 23rd at DevLearn.  Also next week on October 22nd is a session on 'Refining and Advancing Learning Engineering as a Profession' at iNaCOL

The ICICLE Military and Training Chapter session will be held at the I/ITSEC Conference in November and IEEE TALE with Special Track on Engineering of Learning Technologies: An Emerging Discipline and Bror Saxberg as keynote speaker in December.

If you are planning to attend or present at any of these conferences, let's connect via the ICICLE Slack #chances-to-meet channel or please reach out directly to let us know. Additionally, as always, please let us know what you have published or presented so that we can share your work with others.  

We want to know about your work on LE! So, please contact Jodi <jodillis@gmail.com> with all of your news.

Conference

The Conference Committee continues to work hard organizing the conference program for the May 2019 conference. The registration site will be made public within days. So get ready to sign up for tickets!

If you represent an org/entity who may be interested in supporting the conference, please contact Shelly directly at <shelly@yetanalytics.com> to discuss.

SIGs

SIGs are meeting on regularly basis having engaging discussions, presenting guest speakers, and fostering further explorations of learning engineering. Dates and times for each of the SIG meetings are posted on the SIG page on the ICICLE website.

As always, I'm looking forward to the conversation on Thursday. SIG Chairs and Committee Leads should be ready to give brief updates. Please contact me if you would like anything added to the agenda.

Shelly
 

Shelly Blake-Plock

IEEE ICICLE, Chair

Learning Engineering Summit at DevLearn

ICICLE is hosting the Learning Engineering Summit at the eLearning Guild’s DevLearn Conference & Expo to introduce the emerging field of learning engineering. Hosts include Ellen Wagner, Avron Barr, Robby Robson, and Megan Bowe, along with The eLearning Guild’s research director, Jane Bozarth.

The Learning Engineering Summit provides an overview to learning engineering, what is happening in ICICLE, what’s driving it and what are the challenges and opportunities.

Avron Barr and Robby Robson discuss What is Learning Engineering at a concurrent session at the conference.

Check out the presentations from the conference.

Learning Engineering and the Future of eLearning

Learning Engineering and the Future of eLearning by Ellen Wagner and Olivia Blockmon discuss how learning engineering can support instructional designers to innovate and implement interactive, interconnected digital teaching and learning systems.

…learning engineering hopes to bring the power and discipline of engineering to bear in the development of better tools for learning and for learners. In contrast to current practice, where development of learning technology is often ad hoc, learning engineering has the potential to help enterprises, agencies, and institutions take more direct control of the development and deployment of instructional technology.

Read more in Learning Solutions.

ICICLE Update: September 2018

ICICLE Participants,

Join us Thursday, Sept 20th for our monthly community call at 11am EDT. We'll be meeting as usual via https://join.me/IEEE-ICICLE and the call is scheduled for one hour's length. An agenda will be posted here.
 

August 27th was a day filled with Learning Engineering. 

We had our first face to face Community Meeting in the morning and two events in the afternoon at iFest, including a keynote presentation by our Advisory Board member, Bror Saxberg, and a moderated panel discussion.  

Our f2f community meeting consisted of reports from several SIGs, including AI and Adaptive Technology, Data Governance and Privacy and Learning Engineering as a Profession as well as Conference and Membership Committee updates. Lively discussions centered around topics such as

  • "Same Language but Different Interpretations"  

  • Managing Data, Privacy, Security, and Ethics 

  • "Fake" Learning.  

Read the minutes here.

Bror's presentation, Learning Engineering: The Art of Applying Learning Science at Scale, starting with how learning actually works and progressed through to using technology to implement and enhance good solutions. At its core the message was about the Learning Engineer taking on scale and applying evidence to make progress. 

The keynote was followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Avron Barr, with Bror, Advisory Board member Paul Jesukiewicz, and SIG chairs Michelle Derbenwick Barrett and T.J. Seabrooks. 

In the moderated session, audience raised a variety of questions including:

  • "Is there a roadmap that identifies where we are going with new learning strategies and technologies and if so how big are the gaps?"

  • "How do we break the data ownership silos to provide visibility to learners and learning providers?"

  • "How close are we to an agreed-upon definition of Learning Engineering?" 

Both the keynote and discussion were extremely well-received and created a buzz. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of iFest.

Our reach is extending...

As part of their 7 Things briefs series, Educause published 7 Things that You May Want to Know about Learning Engineering

Additionally, Learning Engineering sessions will be happening at several conferences from now until the end of the year. In September, China E-learning Forum and Exhibition has a track on Future of Workforce, and ICICLE will part of a session on Innovation Networking Experiences at eLearning Africa.  The Learning Engineering Summit will take place at DevLearn in October, and the ICICLE Military and Training Chapter session will be held at the I/ITSECConference in November. The IEEE TALE conference theme is "Engineering Next-Generation Learning". Bror Saxberg will be a keynote speaker and the conference will have a Special Track on Engineering of Learning Technologies: An Emerging Discipline.  

If you are planning to attend or present any of these conferences, let's connect via Slack #chances-to-meet channel or reach out directly. Additionally, as always, please let us know what you have published or presented so that we can share your work with others.
 

SIGs

SIGs are meeting on regularly basis having engaging discussions, presenting guest speakers, and fostering further explorations of learning engineering. Dates and times for each of the SIG meetings are posted on theSIG page on the ICICLE website.


Conference

The Conference Committee has been working hard to draft a conference program incorporating everyone's ideas and recommendations. Thanks to everyone for all their contributions!  The committee will give a update during the Community Call.

Also: we've started fundraising. Details will be posted shortly, but if you represent an entity who may be interested in supporting the conference, please contact me directly at shelly@yetanalytics.com and let's discuss.

A full prospectus for supporters including a breakdown of tiers of support will be available when the registration site launches (hopefully next week).
 

Membership

Membership is growing.  We have over 500 people and 65 entities.  We are discussing the concept of Chapters that represent geographic regions or groups of professional, like-minded groups of people that are not currently represented in a SIG or within an formal organization. As mentioned above, we are planning a Military and Training Chapter. We're also working on the creation of new Chapters around regional activities in Latin America, Africa, and China. Let's keep up the momentum!
 

As always, I'm looking forward to the conversation on Thursday. SIG Chairs and Committee Leads should be ready to give brief updates. Please contact me if you would like anything added to the agenda.


Shelly

Shelly Blake-Plock
IEEE ICICLE, Chair

7 Things to Know about Learning Engineering

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)'s wrote a brief in their 7 Things You Should Know About... series on 7 Things You Should Know About Learning Engineering with contributions by Ellen Wagner, Avron Barr, Shelly Blake-Plock, and Robby Robson.

Sitting at the confluence of learning science, learning technology, and instructional design, learning engineering can be framed as the application of engineering design methodologies in developing learning technologies and infrastructures. Learning engineers have the skills needed to integrate engineering and systems thinking with learning science in support of better learning technologies and, ultimately, improved learning outcomes. Learning engineers provide architectures and techniques that can help us develop new and better tools to apply what we are learning about learning, cognition, and human development.

Read the 7 Things on Learning Engineering on what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning in ELI.

iFest & ICICLE Community Meeting: August 27, 2018


On August 27th, we had our first face to face Community Meeting in the morning and two events in the afternoon at iFest, including a keynote presentation by our Advisory Board member, Bror Saxberg, and a moderated panel discussion.  

Community Meeting

Our community meeting consisted of reports from several SIGs, including AI and Adaptive Technology, Data Governance and Privacy and Learning Engineering as a Profession as well as Conference and Membership Committee updates. Lively discussions centered around topics such as

  • "Same Language but Different Interpretations"  

  • Managing Data, Privacy, Security, and Ethics 

  • "Fake" Learning.  

Read detailed minutes here.

iFest

At iFest, Bror's presentation, Learning Engineering: The Art of Applying Learning Science at Scale, starting with how learning actually works and progressed through to using technology to implement and enhance good solutions. At its core the message was about the Learning Engineer taking on scale and applying evidence to make progress. 

The keynote was followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Avron Barr, with Bror, Advisory Board member Paul Jesukiewicz, and SIG chairs Michelle Derbenwick Barrett and T.J. Seabrooks. 

In the moderated session, audience raised a variety of questions including:

  • "Is there a roadmap that identifies where we are going with new learning strategies and technologies and if so how big are the gaps?"

  • "How do we break the data ownership silos to provide visibility to learners and learning providers?"

  • "How close are we to an agreed-upon definition of Learning Engineering?" 

Both the keynote and discussion were extremely well-received and created a buzz. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of iFest.

ICICLE Update: July 2018

ICICLE participants,

Join us Thursday, July 19th for our monthly community call at 11am EDT. We'll be meeting as usual via https://join.me/IEEE-ICICLE and the call is scheduled for one hour's length. An agenda will be posted here.

It's been a very busy month for ICICLE. Here are a few highlights:

We're continuing to work through the preliminary logistics for the May 2019 ICICLE Conference. And all of the SIGs are moving forward on their projects. SIG Chairs will report out on the call.

  • Reminder: ADL's iFEST conference onThe Future Learning Ecosystem with a focus on interoperability, learning data/analytics, and learning science is August 27-29, 2018. They have graciously offered a discount to all LTSC and ICICLE members.

  • Dr. Bror Saxberg, who is on the ICICLE Advisory Board, will give a keynote. 

  • ICICLE will hold a face-to-face community meeting immediately before the conference on Monday, August 27, at 8:30am. Please see the ICICLE website for further information. 

As always, please let us know if you have published or presented about learning engineering so that we can share the great work that you are doing.

Lastly, if you represent an entity who may be interested in supporting the conference, please contact me directly at shelly@yetanalytics.com and let's discuss. A full prospectus for supporters including a breakdown of tiers of support will be available when the registration site launches this summer.

Looking forward to the conversation,

Shelly

Shelly Blake-Plock

IEEE ICICLE, Chair

All Rise the Learning Engineer podcast

At the London Festival of Learning, Avron Barr, IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee Sponsorship Chair, and Robby Robson, ICICLE Conference Committee Co-Chair, spoke with Sophie Bailey, founder and presenter of EdTech Podcast, about how ICICLE is supporting the development of the profession of learning engineering.

"When you drive over a bridge you like to know that it was built by a civil engineer who understands how bridges work. When you engage in learning technology, wouldn't be nice to know that it was built by a learning engineer who knows how learning works?" - Robby Robson

Listen to the 'All rise the learning engineer' EdTech Podcast.