Bridging Learning Research and Teaching Practice for The Public Good: The Learning Engineer
Higher education’s dual mission of research and teaching position the sector to rapidly discover and deploy new processes for teaching and learning. However, resource constraints and traditional structures in higher education can pose major barriers.
The author of this report argues that a new academic role, the learning engineer, is needed to bridge the gap between learning research and teaching practice. Learning engineers can help design new learning environments and data systems that support course improvement, capture instructor insights, and collect student feedback. Further, they can aid in selecting knowledge modeling approaches for specific students, contexts and learning goals. In short, learning engineers can facilitate rapid progress in the basic science of human learning.
The author based her conclusions on personal observations and a comprehensive examination of the literature on learning and teaching in higher education.