International Consortium for Innovation and Collaboration in Learning Engineering

March 2023 Newsletter

ICICLE March 15th 2023 Community Call with Danielle McNamara, Professor & Executive Director of the Learning Engineering Institute at ASU

The ICICLE monthly community call is March 15th at 12pm ET. We are thrilled to have Danielle McNamara, Professor in the Department of Psychology and Executive Director of the Learning Engineering Institute at Arizona State University, join the call. She is an expert in the fields of cognitive and learning sciences, comprehension, writing, natural language processing (NLP), intelligent tutoring, and artificial intelligence in education. She will share with the community the vision of the Learning Engineering Institute at ASU that will focus on actionable questions, goals, and results.

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.

2023 ICICLE Learning Engineering Conference
Plans for the 2023 ICICLE Learning Conference July 24th-26th 2023 have begun! We’ll soon be sending out registration information and call for proposals.

Interested in organizing the 2023 ICICLE Learning Engineering Conference?
Join us in planning. Everyone is welcome. Contact Committee Chair for details.

Talking about Learning Engineering

Two new learning engineering initiatives: We’ll be hearing about the new Learning Engineering Institute at ASU from Danielle McNamara in the community call. The University of Galway has established a Learning Engineering Research Group. They are bringing together researchers from the cognitive, social, educational, and computational sciences. The group combines industry-inspired practices with digital technologies and computing to create engaging learning experiences, understand human learning and knowledge transfer to facilitate behavioural change in a variety of contexts.

Duolingo has long applied learning engineering processes in developing its learning experiences. Eric Basu in his article, How Video Games Can Train You for a Job: Lessons from Learning Engineering Research and Duolingo’s Success, describes how learning engineering research, platforms like Duolingo, and expert insights can inform the design of effective learning experiences. In How Duolingo’s AI Learns What You Need to Learn, the authors, Klinton BicknellClaire Brust, and Burr Settles, explain how one of Duolingo’s systems, Birdbrain, is continuously improving the learner’s experience with algorithms based on research in educational psychology, combined with recent advances in machine learning. Read about Duolingo in the Proceeding of 2019 Conference on Learning Engineering in What We Discovered at the Roots of Learning Engineering (page 10).

In Learning Engineering: #WorkingOutLoud on Learning ScienceJulian Stodd with co-authors Sae Schaltz, who wrote the backbone of this piece, and Geoff Stead describes how first fostering a learning engineering mindset can begin the change to a learning engineering–powered organisation.

Learning Engineering Toolkit
How are you applying and adapting the Learning Engineering Toolkit? Share with the community your stories about using the toolkit and putting learning engineering into practice.

If you did not yet have the Learning Engineering Toolkit, get 20% off with discount code ESA22. If you are in education, you may be eligible for an inspection copy. Request it by completing the Request Inspection Copy form with information about your university and course.

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.

  • Corporate: Corporate MIG (market interest group) works with L&D community on how to adapt the learning engineering process. The SIG will meet on March 24th at 11am ET. Contact SIG Chair for more information.
  • Design: The Design for Learning SIG  is meeting on Tuesday, March 28th at 2pm ET. Meeting link is in the Agenda and Notes.
  • Tools/Instrumentation: The Tools SIG will be meeting on Thursday, March 30th at 2pm ET to discuss instrumentation and learning data. Meeting link is in the Agenda and Notes.
  • Competencies: The Competencies, Curriculum, and Credentials SIG is starting up meetings in March. The SIG will meet on Friday, March 31st at 3pm ET. An email was sent to those currently on the SIG. For others who are interested in participating, contact co-chair or check the ICICLE website. Information will also be in the Agenda and Notes.
  • Higher Education: The next meeting for the Higher Education MIG (market interest group) is Tuesday, April 4th at 12pm ET, exploring learning engineering in a higher education context. Meeting link is in Agenda and Notes.
  • K-12 MIG: The next meeting for the K-12 MIG (market-interest group) will be Wednesday, April 12th at 12pm ET. Meeting link is in the Agenda and Notes.
  • Students and Grads: The Students and Grads of Learning Engineering SIG will be meeting on Wednesday, April 12th at 4pm ET. Meeting link is in Agenda and Notes.

Let’s keep talking about learning engineering. Post in our Linkedin group or send an email with your update to put in this newsletter. We want to share your insights and work!

We look forward to seeing you at the community call on March 15th with Danielle McNamara who will discussing the vision and launch of the ASU Learning Engineering Institute.