Pearson is making its Learning Design Principles (LDPs) publicly available under a creative commons license to "broaden the conversation" on the learning principles that should form the basis for educational products.
LDPs, of which Pearson has 45, are research-based methods and theories of learning used to support the integration of teaching and learning research into the design of Pearson products. They summarise the most fundamental methods and theories of learning, according to Pearson, with each principle having been vetted by subject-matter experts to apply to product and feature development. Pearson uses principles of formative assessment and feedback in helping learners to inform its REVEL courseware, for example.
Curtiss Barnes, managing director of Global Product Management and Design for Pearson, said: “We’re excited to share our Learning Design Principles as a way to open up a broader conversation about what principles should serve as the foundation of education products. As our work matures we’ll be sharing what we learn about which principles are successful, and why. Our hope is for the education industry, and those working in design, to embrace, utilize and extend these principles so we can engage in a collective effort to improve the outcomes of education products.”
According to Pearson it is "pioneering a principle-based design process whereby research-based methods are applied to the design of products across a variety of disciplines and with millions of learners globally". This means, it hopes, it will be able to positively impact learning at scale.
Tim Bozik, president of Global Product for Pearson, said: “Millions of learners are using digital courseware to support their learning. The reality is that we don’t know how well all of it’s working. We believe products that start with learning design can deliver better outcomes for students. That’s what we’re out to prove at Pearson.”
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