Fostering Learner Mobility Between Engineering Education and a Twenty First Century Workplace


  • Akram Ahmad Abu-aisheh University of Hartford
  • Lynroy Grant University of Hartford



Learner Agent Object, Learner Mobility, Learning Environments and Ecosystems.


Engineering education today is undergoing unprecedented array of challenges, especially in the teaching and learning process. Among other challenges in this area students now require multiple stimuli, they have very low tolerance for monotonous static content, and they are highly mobile. To address some of these challenges, the authors have conducted a pilot study with Learner Agent Objects (LAO) individual portfolios. LAO portfolios are collections of artifacts (studentsâ?? best work) representing a learner's academic experience. LAO affords a foundation for creating a more comprehensive and seamless movement of learners between jurisdictions in engineering education and the workplace. A more seamless movement of individuals between formal education, informal education and the workplace has significant implications for the learning environments and ecosystems of engineers as lifelong learners.

Author Biographies

Akram Ahmad Abu-aisheh, University of Hartford

AKRAM ABU-AISHEH is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Hartford where he has served as the assistant chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and director of the electronic and computer engineering technology program for two years. Dr. Abu-aisheh has a doctorate in Optical Communications from the Florida Institute of Technology and Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida. Dr. Abu-aisheh may be contacted at

Lynroy Grant, University of Hartford

LYNROY GRANT is an Assistant Professor of Technical Mathematics and Engineering Simulation at the University of Hartford where he has developed the evidence based Learner Agent Objects (LAO) methodology to foster mobility in twenty-first century engineering education. Dr. Grant has a doctorate in Education and Mathematical Sciences from the University of Connecticut, and Master of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science from Central Connecticut State University. Dr. Grant may be contacted at




How to Cite

Abu-aisheh, A. A., & Grant, L. (2011). Fostering Learner Mobility Between Engineering Education and a Twenty First Century Workplace. International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC), 4(2), pp. 4–8.