Monday, October 5, 2015 from 12:15-1 pm Pacific Time / 3:15-4 pm Eastern Time
What are learning engineers and why do we need them? How do you prepare people to be learning engineers? What might a degree program in learning engineering be like? Join us to explore such questions in a forum with Bror Saxberg, Chief Learning Officer at Kaplan, Inc.
Dr. Saxberg has written provocatively about the need for not just learning scientists to conduct research on how people learn, but also for learning engineers who work pragmatically to advance the quality of learning materials and approaches, based both on learning theory and big data. Further, CIRCL’s Partnering for Impact program has interviewed many leaders in industry, and found a rapidly growing job market for learning engineers and an opportunity for learning scientists to have an impact by shaping the preparation of learning engineers. In this inaugural forum, CIRCL invites the Cyberlearning community to come together to discuss this future workforce and impact opportunity.
Dr. Saxberg will stimulate our conversation with his views, from an industry perspective, on:
- Where technology is headed at Kaplan and in education generally;
- What key research problems remain to be solved; and
- Why we need a new discipline of “learning engineering.”
Format: Webinar + Chat + Twitter
The session will be broadcast live, with questions from remote attendees encouraged via chat in the Webex webinar. There will also be a backchannel discussion on twitter with the hashtag #LearnEngr during and after the webinar.
Why we Need Learning Engineers by Bror Saxberg. The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 15, 2015.
More about Dr. Saxberg
Kaplan, Inc., is a leading global provider of educational services offering post-secondary education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, university preparation, and K12 offerings to individuals, institutions, and businesses. Dr. Saxberg is responsible for the research and development of innovative learning strategies, technologies, and products across Kaplan’s full range of educational services offerings. He also oversees future developments and adoptions of innovative learning technologies and maintains consistent academic standards for Kaplan’s products and courses.
Prior to joining Kaplan, Dr. Saxberg served as Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer at K12, Inc., where he was responsible for designing both online and offline learning environments and developing new student products and services. Prior to joining K12, Inc., he was Vice President at Knowledge Universe, where he co-founded the testing and assessment division which became known as Knowledge Testing Enterprises (KTE). He began his career at McKinsey & Company, Inc. and later served as Vice President and General Manager for London-based DK Multimedia, part of DK Publishing, an education and reference publisher.
Dr. Saxberg holds a B.A. in Mathematics and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, both received in 1980. As a Rhodes Scholar, he received a M.A. in Mathematics from Oxford University, and also received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1989 and a M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1990.
Saxberg, B. (2015, October 5). Learning Engineering: A Forum with Bror Saxberg [Webinar]. In CIRCL Webinar Series. Retrieved from http://circlcenter.org/events/learning-engineering-with-bror-saxberg