A new group was recently formed within a large technical professional organization to focus on advancing technologies used in learning environments.
ICICLE (short for Industry Connections Industry Consortium on Learning Engineering) is a new inudstry group within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) that brings together big tech companies, startups and academic institutions.
Initial members of the group include big tech companies like Autodesk, Boeing, Google and IBM. Baltimore startups Yet Analytics and eThink Education are also members, along with Johns Hopkins affiliated global health nonprofit Jhpiego.
Shelly Blake-Plock, the CEO of data interoperability startup Yet Analytics, is currently the acting chair of the group. He said he collaborated with Avron Barr, a writer, teacher and entrepreneur who chairs a separate IEEE committee on learning technology standards, and IEEE Standards Association board member Robby Robson to bring it to fruition.
The goal of bringing the group together is to help define and push forward the still-new profession of learning engineering. It will help to align standards and product development.