When Learning Engineering Meets Instructional Design
Concurrent Session 8
The need for scientific competence related to education and training programs design, development and evaluation has existed for decades. As technology has continued its advances, engineering methods are increasingly valued for learning and development initiatives that depend upon data science, computer science and learning science to structure solutions and to measure outcomes and results. Learning engineering recognizes that the development of new tools and architectures to help advance learning can benefit from engineering expertise. This session explores what this may means to instructional design and instructional designers alike.
This session describe the emerging field of learning engineering, to show some of the different models of learning engineering that have emerged, and and to consider the many opportunities that learning engineering may offer to the ongoing professionalization of instructional design and development. We believe that the partnership between IDs and learning engineers is one of the essential first steps for integrating learning engineering methodologies into educational practice, and could think of no better place to bring our early work for review and consideration by ID peers.
The term "learning engineering" was coined 50 years ago by Herbert A. Simon while at Carnegie Mellon, who saw the essential benefits of applying technical competencies to learning design. Today, Simon's vision is evident as learning engineering emerges as both a professional practice and an academic discipline. Today's learning engineering is framed as the application of engineering methodologies in developing learning technologies and infrastructures to support learners and learning. We will explore the opportunities, challenges, and essential collaborations required to realize full benefits of this emerging discipline.
Session Outcomes: * Explore what learning engineering is, what it does, how it differs from ID and why they both matter * Contribute important educational perspectives to the value of creating a new discipline for driving greater value in learning tech * Discuss strategies for assembling effective "learning tech teams" including learning engineering and ID.