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 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.


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 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 Blake-Plock