International Consortium for Innovation and Collaboration in Learning Engineering

April 2021 Newsletter

ICICLE April 2021 Community Call with Aaron Kessler, Senior Learning Scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The ICICLE monthly community call is April 21st at 12pm ET. We’re excited to have Aaron Kessler, Senior Learning Scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, join us and speak about learning engineering and the teaching profession. With teachers as core part of the process, what is the intersection and focus with learning engineering?
We’ll be meeting via Webex (See details below with meeting code and password). The call is scheduled for one hour’s length. Full agenda will be posted here.

Learning Engineering Updates
At the March community call meeting, Meg Benner, Managing Director at The Learning Agency, shared with us The Learning Agency’s Learning Engineering Priorities and Strategies and two activities in which the Learning Agency is engaged, Futures Forum on Learning‘s Tools Competition and Data Science for Everyone.

Data Science for Everyone is a national movement for advancing data literacy in U.S. K-12 education system. The coalition launched a “commitments” campaign to call upon organizations on how they can expand access to data science education. Many groups associated with ICICLE are part of the coalition. The commitment can be as simple as writing to a school board, replicating existing work, or taking a new approach.  Learn more the commitment campaign in a webinar on April 26th.

Think Like a Scientist With Instructional Design is a guest blog post by Erin Czerwinski, Tools SIG Chair, on CourseTune. Erin looks at the process of instructional design through a scientific lens and shares a Simon Initiative/Learning Engineering Bibliography with resources to explain the why behind intentional course design

From the Teaching Online Preparation Toolkit Workshop in March 2021, a recording of Ellen Wagner‘s, ICICLE Learning Engineering as a Profession SIG Chair, keynote, Navigating the Learning Metaverse and Jim Goodell and Aaron Kessler‘s, Competency and Design SIG Chairs, presentation, What is Learning Engineering? is available.

At the International Society of Learning Sciences conference June 7th-11th ICICLE members will be leading a workshop, Bringing Applied Learning Sciences to Your Institution.  The workshop will use learning engineering as a model on how to bring applied learning sciences to institutions.  Early bird registration ends April 30th.

SIGs meet monthly.  We welcome everyone’s participation in the SIGs. It’s been great to see new faces at recent SIG meetings! Please come to any or all of them.

The Competencies, Curriculum, and Credentials SIG is compiling learning engineering related competencies. The SIG has collected job descriptions and is reviewing how to adapt the responsibilities into competencies. The next meeting is scheduled on Friday, May 14th at 3pm ET.  Meeting link is in SIG notes.

The Corporate MIG (market interest group) connects groups interested in or applying learning engineering. Links to recordings and documentation are in the meeting notes. The SIG meets on the last Friday of the month at 11am ET.  Please contact Jessie Chuang for more information.

The Design SIG is sharing experiences of the application of ICICLE’s Learning Engineering Process Model. The next meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, April 26th at 2pm ET. Meeting link is in the Agenda and Meeting Notes

The Tools SIG is preparing a brief on instrumentation and connecting with other groups to learn about their tools.  In March the SIG continued the discussion with Bob Sottilare on Adaptive Instructions Systems Consortium.  In April Aaron Silvers will join the SIG meeting discuss about xAPI profiles.  The next meeting is scheduled on Thursday, April 29th at 2pm ET. Meeting link is in the Agenda and Meeting Notes.

Join the community call on April 21st with Aaron Kessler speaking about learning engineering and the teaching profession.