Bringing Applied Learning Sciences to Your Institution

ISLS Annual Meeting 2021 (Online Event)
Reflecting the Past and Embracing the Future
Bochum, Germany, June 7-11

Workshop Details

Workshop TitleBringing Applied Learning Sciences to Your Institution
Workshop IDISLSWS_01
DateJune 1 & 3
Time23:00-01:00 (CET) & 18:00-20:00 (ET)


Aaron Kessler (Senior Learning Scientist, MIT; [email protected])
Janet Kolodner (Professor of the Practice, Boston College; Regents’ Professor Emerita, Georgia Institute of Technology; [email protected])
Karin Forssell (Stanford Graduate School of Education; [email protected])
Lauren Totino (Digital Learning Designer, Harvard Kennedy School; [email protected])
Jodi Lis (Senior Learning Advisor, IntraHealth; [email protected])

Workshop Description

Are you and your colleagues considering how to bring applied learning sciences to your institution? Have you been hearing about learning engineering as a model of applied learning sciences and want to know more? Do you want to do some collective thinking and sharing around development of applied learning sciences programs with facilitators who have already engaged in such work?

Our dual-session interactive workshop at the ISLS Annual Meeting 2021 will address all of these questions and more. The workshop will begin with a presentation and discussion of what an applied learning scientist needs to know and be capable of.  We use thinking about learning engineering as a model for that. We continue by presenting different ways programs at Stanford, Boston College, and MIT support the development of those capabilities. Between sessions, we’ll ask participants to think about and record the strengths, possibilities, and challenges to putting together programming in applied learning sciences in their organization and any additional ideas they have. In the second session of the workshop, participants will work together imagining how an applied learning sciences program could be designed. Then facilitators will lead breakout groups considering how to put different kinds of applied LS programs in place. We end with discussion about how to continue the conversation. 

Expected Audience

This workshop is intended for anyone thinking about developing a program at their institution that will prepare participants to apply the learning sciences to real-world learning challenges and the development of educational products.