Learning Engineering: Merging Science and Data to Design Powerful Learning Experiences

There is a new article in GettingSmart featuring the perspectives of several IEEE ICICLE participants on the topic of Learning Engineering... 

According to Ken Koedinger, Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University and chair of ICICLE’s SIG on the Learning Engineering Academic Curriculum: “In ten years, learning engineering will be a core job in educational technology companies, K-12 schools, colleges and universities.”

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Sign up to Join an IEEE ICICLE SIG

The IEEE IC Industry Consortium on Learning Engineering (ICICLE) has opened up new special interest groups (SIGs) for public participation.

The SIGs include

  • AI and Adaptive Technologies
  • xAPI and Learning Analytics
  • Competency Frameworks and Certification
  • Learning Technology Data Standards
  • Learning Engineering as a Profession
  • Learning Engineering Academic Curriculum
  • Data Governance and Privacy
  • Learning Experience Design

Each SIG will be led by an expert in the field. SIGs will produce projects and papers to present at the inaugural International Conference on Learning Engineering.

More information as well as a sign up sheet can be found at <https://www.ieeeicicle.org/sigs/>.

About IEEE ICICLE

The IEEE Industry Connections Industry Consortium on Learning Engineering (ICICLE) is an open forum and community-driven platform for defining and supporting the profession of Learning Engineering.

ICICLE is part of the IEEE Standards Association’s (IEEE-SA) Industry Connections (IC) program. Participation in ICICLE is widespread and is comprised of leading organizations in industry, academia, and government. The Industry Connections Program helps incubate new standards and related products and services by facilitating collaboration among organizations and individuals as they hone and refine their thinking on rapidly changing technologies.

For further information, please see <https://www.ieeeicicle.org/about/>.

 

IEEE ICICLE Participation Survey

ICICLE invites all prospective and current participants to complete a brief survey to signal their interest in joining the consortium's committees and special interest groups (SIGs).

Committees include:

  • Outreach Committee: Responsible for advocating on ICICLE's behalf to industry, academia, and government, as well as managing ICICLE messaging and public relations including press releases, consortium presentations, and public events.
  • Membership Committee: Responsible for the growth and management of ICICLE's entity participants and individual contributors.
  • Conference Committee: Responsible for the production of ICICLE's annual International Conference on Learning Engineering including calls for papers and speakers as well as logistics.
  • Editorial Committee: Responsible for the editing and publication of the Proceedings of the International Conference on Learning Engineering as well as all ICICLE digital content.
  • Technical Committee: Responsible for the maintenance of open source resources and libraries as well as the management of ICICLE innovation testbeds.

Proposed SIGs include:

  • Adaptive and AI-enabled personal assistants for learning
  • xAPI and learning analytics
  • Competency frameworks and the automation of certification and credentials
  • Key needs from a learning technology and data standards perspective
  • Learning data governance and learner privacy
  • How we can support the development of Learning Engineering as a profession from an industry-needs standpoint
  • What a Learning Engineering curriculum should include from the academic perspective

ICICLE activities are open to the public and the consortium encourages broad participation. Please email ICICLE directly with any questions.

IEEE Consortium established to support the development of Learning Engineering

BALTIMORE, MD — The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology, has established a new industry consortium for learning engineering. Charter participating entities include Google, IBM, Autodesk, Boeing, and Cognizant as well as academic institutions, technology startups, and standards development organizations including the MedBiquitous Consortium.

The IEEE Industry Connections Industry Consortium on Learning Engineering (ICICLE) is an open forum and community-driven platform for defining and supporting the profession of Learning Engineering.

ICICLE is part of the IEEE Standards Association’s (IEEE-SA) Industry Connections (IC) program. Participation in ICICLE is widespread and is comprised of leading organizations in industry, academia, and government. The Industry Connections Program helps incubate new standards and related products and services by facilitating collaboration among organizations and individuals as they hone and refine their thinking on rapidly changing technologies.

“As innovative teachers, schools, and training departments deploy an ever-expanding array of new products and explore new ways of teaching and learning, the body of knowledge about how to use these technologies and how to design the increasingly complex information systems that result is the basis for a new engineering discipline,” said Avron Barr, chair of the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee.

In recent years, the use of technology to support the way people learn in school, on the job, and on their own has accelerated dramatically. These technologies include learning management systems, MOOCS, authoring tools, mobile learning environments, serious games, simulations, applications of virtual and augmented reality, learning record stores, open badges and micro-credentials, pedagogical agents enabled by artificial intelligence, online laboratories, and much more. There is a significant engineering aspect to the development and deployment of these learning technologies that is supported by a portfolio of existing and planned engineering and data standards, but that has yet to coalesce as an identified field of endeavor.

While Learning Science research has generated many of these new technologies, neither the scientific community nor the instructional designers who create new learning activities offer much guidance concerning the capabilities and limitations of the underlying technologies; how to use them to accomplish instructional goals; and how to evaluate the effectiveness of both the technologies and the various pedagogical innovations they allow.

Motivated by the need to provide this guidance, IEEE ICICLE was established by leading organizations across the world.

“This consortium represents the desire of learning technologists across industries to support the development of the burgeoning profession of Learning Engineer,” said Shelly Blake-Plock, Acting Chair of ICICLE.