January 2023 Newsletter
ICICLE January 18th 2023 Community Call with Katherine McEldoon, Ph.D., Lead Learning Scientist at Pearson
The ICICLE monthly community call is January 18th at 12pm ET. We are thrilled to have Katherine McEldoon, Ph.D., Lead Learning Scientist at Pearson, join us and present Pearson’s Learning Design Principles, a research-based portfolio and toolkit for high-quality product design. Katherine is a research-to-practice connector and brings evidence-based insights to Pearson’s world learners. Her focus is on scaling up insights from the cognitive and learning sciences and championing evidence-based practice.
Katherine will speak on “Pearson’s Learning Design Principles: Scaling the science of learning at a global edtech company.” We all know quality learning experiences are built on a solid foundation of learning science yet how can we make this happen consistently and at scale? The Pearson’s Learning Design Principles offer a point of entry into a rigorous research base, with actionable takeaways for all stages of the learning engineering process.
We’ll be meeting via Webex for the community call. (See details below with meeting code and password.) It is scheduled for one hour’s length. Full agenda will be posted here.
Learning Engineering at the Empowering Learners for the Age of AI Conference
At the Empowering Learners for the Age of AI conference, there were two keynotes related to learning engineering and an ICICLE panel.
- Danielle McNamara, University of Arizona, gave the opening keynote, Leveraging AI and Learning Engineering in Large Scale Learning Sciences.
- A panel of ICICLE folks spoke about Learning Engineering: A path to empowering learners in and for the Age of AI.
- Kumar Garg, Schmidt Futures, shared his thoughts in his keynote on Learning Engineering in the Age of AI.
The conference covered topics relevant to learning engineering: human-centred AI in education, learning analytics, ethics, data, AI and learning research, assessment, teaching and learning and others. The videos for all the sessions on the Global Research Alliance for AI in Learning Education’s (GRAILE) YouTube channel.
Applying Learning Engineering
How is learning engineering being applied? Here’s a few examples.
How Cisco Networking Academy’s Learning Engineering team creates a pathway to new skills is an interview with Jeremy Creech, a Learning Engineer, who talks about applying learning engineering to create an equitable learning experience to help people everywhere develop employable skills.
A Learning Engineering Approach to Data Visualization, a chapter by Jim Goodell and Bridget E. Thomas, in Design Recommendations for Intelligent Tutoring Systems presents the development of data visualizations as a learning engineering exercise. The approach is based on the theory that a viewer’s interaction with a data visualization is a learning experience intended to address specific learning objectives.
Carnegie Learning Case Study
The Case Study: UpGrade, a Carnegie Learning A/B Testing Tool presentation given by April Murphy explains how Carnegie Learning applies learning engineering in its learning design, data and research. UpGrade allows researchers to compare the efficacy of different learning resources such as videos, tests, texts, algorithms, and more, all with the goal of better understanding – and thus improving – student learning.
And of course, the examples and case studies in the Learning Engineering Toolkit. How are you applying learning engineering? We want you to listen to your stories how you are adapting the toolkit and putting learning engineering into practice.
2023 ICICLE Learning Engineering Conference
We are planning the 2023 ICICLE Learning Engineering Conference. All are welcome to participate in the planning. The next Conference Committee meeting is Monday, January 30th at 1pm ET. Contact Committee Chair for details.
Special and Market Interest Group Work
The Special and Market Interest Groups develop resources and document experiences for the learning engineering community. Everyone is welcome to join one, two or all the SIGs and MIGs.
Please check website home page for updates to meeting days and times.
- Tools/Instrumentation: The Tools SIG will be meeting on Thursday, January 26th at 2pm ET to discuss instrumentation and learning data. Meeting link is in the Agenda and Notes.
- Corporate: Corporate MIG (market interest group) works with L&D community on how to adapt the learning engineering process. The SIG will meet on January 27th at 11am ET. Contact SIG Chair for more information.
- Design: The Design for Learning SIG is meeting on Tuesday, January 31st at 2pm ET. Meeting link is in the Agenda and Notes.
- K-12 MIG: The next meeting for the K-12 MIG (market-interest group) will be Wednesday, February 8th at 12pm ET. Meeting link is in the Agenda and Notes.
- Higher Education: The next meeting for the Higher Education MIG (market interest group) is Tuesday, February 7th at 12pm ET, exploring learning engineering in a higher education context. Meeting link is in Agenda and Notes.
- Students and Grads: The Students and Grads of Learning Engineering SIG will be meeting on Wednesday, February 8th at 4pm ET. Meeting link is in Agenda and Notes.
- Competencies: The Competencies, Curriculum, and Credentials SIG will be meeting on Friday, February 10th at 3pm ET to discuss competency domains. Meeting link is in the Agenda and Notes.
Let’s keep talking about learning engineering in-between community calls. Post in our Linkedin group or send an email with your update to put in this newsletter. We want to hear about the amazing work that you do!
We look forward to seeing you at the community call on January 18th with Katherine McEldoon, Ph.D., Lead Learning Scientist at Pearson, and hear about Pearson’s Learning Design Principles, a research-based portfolio and toolkit for high-quality product design.