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.


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.