Learning Science vs. Learning Engineering

April 30, 2018

I have been taking much time to deepen my knowledge and skills in the field of learning.  What I've been excited to discover is this distinction between learning science and learning engineering.




Learning science refers to the thorough and complex field of research - discovering how we learn, gathering evidence and making tangible recommendations.  Included of course is research on what is effective, what is not effective and debunking common learning myths.


Then it's the chance of learning engineering - the implementation of what the research found.  Learning engineering involves using research to underpin and inform the designs we develop.


So where I find myself as a Learning Designer, is the sweet spot of thorough research into effective learning, creative and meaningful learning design, and critically the business or personal need that it's fulfilling.


If we have all three of those elements in our learning intervention, we hit a home-run. 

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