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“Introduction to Learning Engineering” by Dr. Shashi Kanth Shankar

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Hosted by the Amrita School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Participants – AL Staff, Research Scholars, PhD Faculty and MSW Faculty
Students, staff, research scholars and faculty were treated to an expert lecture by Dr. Shashi Kanth Shankar, Assistant Professor, School of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

In this seminar, Dr. Shashi Kanth Shankar introduced LE as a field and its subfields on an abstract level so that audience can relate to the bigger picture of supporting lifelong learning. Moreover, the speaker also discussed some milestone projects from different subfields of LE so that the audience could get some deep insights about the works and the way in which they are carried out. He also shared the technical aspects involved in developing LE tools so that technical students can relate to the possibilities as future professionals or pursuing higher studies in this field.

The session wrapped up with an interactive Q&A. With over seven years of research experience, Dr. Kanth provided a wonderful opportunity for the audience to discuss their interests and opportunities in LE with him.

Learning Engineering (LE) is a field that aims to support teaching and learning practices through evidence-based decision-making by harnessing educational data. In general, it covers several sub-fields like Learning Analytics, Technology-Enhanced Learning, Educational Data Mining, and Artificial Intelligence in Education. One of the main objectives that LE as a field tries to meet in the future is to support lifelong learning. As it is mentioned in different educational policy documents including NEP2020 in India, 21st-century skills and innovative pedagogies are required to support lifelong learning in society.

Speaker Bio

Dr Shashi Kanth Shankar is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and AMMACHI Labs, Amrita Vishwa Vidyepeetham, Amritapuri. Prior to joining AMMACHI Labs, he was working with the Centre for Educational Technology, Tallinn University, Estonia (EU) as a Ph.D. scholar and junior researcher. He earned his M.Tech in CSE from Lovely Professional University, Punjab, and MCA from Sikkim Manipal University, Sikkim. Moreover, he earned his Bachelor’s in IT from Kuvempu University, Karnataka. His research interests are in Technology-Enhanced Learning, Learning Analytics, Evidence-Based Decision-Making, and Lifelong Learning.