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

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

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

ICICLE Update: June 2018

ICICLE participants,

Join us for our monthly community call June 21st 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 and we have some exciting news to share.

  • Dorothy Gordon has joined our Advisory Board. She is Council Member at FOSS for Africa and is Former Director General of the Advanced Information Technology Institute at the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence

  • Several new organizations have joined ICICLE including the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the Virginia Serious Games Institute at George Mason University.

  • EDUCAUSE Review published an article about ICICLE last month and we currently have articles in the queue in several other places.

  • We have secured the venue in Arlington, Virginia and are in the process of securing the accommodations for the May 2019 ICICLE Conference. Website registration will open around July 5th.

  • Several of our members are presenting work on Learning Engineering and representing ICICLE at conferences around the world including next week at the London Festival of Learning. We'll provide all the deets on tomorrow's call.

  • ADL's iFEST conference takes place this August. They have graciously offered a discount to all LTSC and ICICLE members. ICICLE will be holding 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. 

The Conference Committee has been doing a ton of work and now things are starting to get real on the logistics for the conference. Our Treasurer, Olivia Blackmon, and I are starting the work of fundraising for the conference. 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 on or near July 5th.

Looking forward to our conversation,
Shelly

Shelly Blake-Plock, Chair
IEEE ICICLE

ICICLE Update: April 2018

ICICLE participants,

At a recent IEEE-SA Standards Board Meeting in Tokyo earlier in March, Steering Committee member, Robby Robson, reported that ICICLE was prominently featured. The website was pointed out as a model for Industry Connections activities and the Board shared that they’d never before seen anything quite like ICICLE.  

Getting noticed by the Standards Board is due to a huge amount of work on everyone's part.  

We’re only getting through April and a tremendous amount of effort has already been put into ICICLE — from the SIGs brainstorming and preparing ideas, white papers, and curricula to the work of the committees preparing for the conference. It's incredible the commitment and time people have given to ICICLE. We love and appreciate your enthusiasm and passion!

Thank you.

 

Monthly Community Call

Our last two monthly calls in February and March had great turn-outs. We had several excellent exchanges during the meeting. Committees and SIG provided updates, ideas and questions were discussed about the conference, and we agreed to collaborate together on the creation of a definition responding to the question: “What is a learning engineer?”

Our next Community Call is scheduled for April 19th at 11am Eastern. To join the call, go to: https://www.join.me/IEEE-ICICLE

 

Definition of a Learning Engineer

We agreed that the defining of the term should be a collaborative process. We have set up two ways to share thoughts. Add your ideas on our Google Doc or write them on a "post-it" on ICICLE’s Boardthing. With Boardthing, we can group ideas together, see what connects and intersects.

 

SIGs Updates

In short: the SIGs have been doing a whole lot. Read an update on the ICICLE website of what each of the SIGs has been up to, and for information about each SIG check out the SIG page.

If you are interested in joining any of the groups, just reach out to the SIG chairs to express your interest in participating. They’ll be working on projects to be presented at the International Conference on Learning Engineering. If you’d like to contribute, it is a great opportunity.

 

Member Communication / Meeting Schedule

As promised, we’ve set up a member communication page on the with links to the ICICLE Google Drive and Slack. Each SIG has a folder in Google Drive and a channel in Slack for cross collaboration and sharing.  

BTW… if you are attending a conference, let others know on #chances-to-meet channel on Slack.  
 

Promotional Materials / FAQs

At the March meeting, we discussed the need for more materials to help people understand what we’re working on. In response, we now have a FAQ page on the website. We are also working on promotional materials that can you can share at conferences and with others. Feel free to download pdfs to share from https://www.ieeeicicle.org/media-kit/.

Of particular interest may be the information for prospective conference attendees. You’ll find a link in the Media Kit, but here’s a quick view of one of the questions we most often are asked… namely: who should attend the conference?

Who should attend?

Learning Engineers: Software and product developers; educational publishers;
systems integrators; and individuals who design, develop, and deploy learning
technology in schools, colleges and universities, corporations, and government. A major goal of this conference is the exchange of ideas and best
practices among working learning engineers.

Training Professionals: L&D professionals, trainers,  and educators at all levels who are responsible for introducing learning technology and for initiating competency-based training, mastery-based education, automated certificate programs, and other innovations. This is an opportunity to see the range of successful applications and the kinds of problems that need to be solved.

Educators and Learning Scientists: Professional educators and researchers in the field of learning science who develop new learning paradigms and who implement new technologies within the context of learning. This includes faculty and administrators responsible for academic programs related to Learning Engineering.  A major goal is cross-fertilization between researchers and practitioners and the exchange of information among established and nascent academic programs and curricula related to Learning Engineering.
 

Conference Committee

Topics about the conference at the monthly meetings included title, dates, place, audience, and format. The committee welcomes any suggestions.

We also have been connecting with several conferences leading up to ours and finding opportunities to submit proposals for workshops and presentations. We want to use these events to start conversations and get feedback from the community as well as publicize our conference.

The committee requests that each SIG has a representative on it. SIG chairs — if you have not done so already, please nominate one of your members to be your SIG’s conference committee rep.

 

Technical Committee

The technical committee has been working IEEE on repos. Repos will be set up on GitLab.  Information will be sent to the SIGs on how to sign up shortly.

 

Call for TALE Conference Submission

At the IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE) in Australia in December, Edilson Arenas, Leon Lei and Mark Lee, members of ICICLE Curriculum SIG, are organizing an ICICLE related Special Track entitled “Engineering of Technologies for Learning: An Emerging Discipline.”

If you are not familiar with TALE, it is the IEEE Education Society’s flagship Asia-Pacific conference series. Mark is one of the two General Chairs of TALE 2018 Conference.

The Track is soon soliciting papers and presentations and would also like to offer panel and roundtable-type sessions centered around the work of the ICICLE Curriculum SIG. In addition to providing international exposure for ICICLE in general, these sessions will also serve as an opportunity to solicit community feedback on the specific outputs of the Curriculum SIG.

If you have any questions, please contact Mark J.W. Lee.

 

News Tips and Q&A Series

Have news you’d like to share with the community? Interested in taking part in the monthly Q&A series?

Contact Jodi Lis, our Outreach Chair.

 

Next up...

Our next meeting is Thursday, April 19th at 11am Eastern.

This meeting will be key because SIG chairs will be sharing what each SIG is planning to present at the conference.

To join the call, go to: https://www.join.me/IEEE-ICICLE.

You can find this and all ICICLE events here: https://www.ieeeicicle.org/events/.

 

Thanks to all of you for your contributions to ICICLE!

As always, if you have any questions or ideas for things you’d like to see in ICICLE, please reach out directly. I’m always happy to chat.

Shelly

Shelly Blake-Plock

IEEE ICICLE, Chair