Stephen Downes

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One of my least favourite terms is 'learning engineering'. In this post Clark Quinn looks at two possible interpretations. In one, he says, learning engineering is "the application of learning science to the design of instruction. Which is ‘instructional design’." The second is a recognition that "new technologies, particularly when we get to content systems, require a considerable amount of engineering to put them together." So on this second view, learning engineering supports instructional design, but doesn't replace it. Quinn says he favours the first definition, and to be clear, I'm pretty sure that's how proponents of learning engineering have been using it.

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