Pearson and MIT Consider the Role of Technology-Enabled Learning on the Path to Efficacy

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Education experts and entrepreneurs gather at the MIT Media Lab to debate the link between personalized learning and outcomes

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Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, today hosts a dialogue at the MIT Media Lab with education leaders from across the United States to consider how technology-enabled learning programs can drive measureable improvements in education. This event follows Pearson’s announcement last month of its commitment to report learning outcomes across its business by 2018.

Pearson’s Chief Executive John Fallon and Chief Education Advisor Sir Michael Barber will discuss their commitment to achieving efficacy in education as part of a half-day conversation in which education leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers, researchers and teachers will review the likelihood that current developments in learning analytics will enable better learning outcomes, and consider how this might be measured.

Mitchel Resnick, Head of the Lifelong Kindergarten research group at the MIT Media Lab; Kati Haycock, President of the Education Trust; and Nadya Dabby of the Office for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education will also share their reflections on the opportunities digital learning offers with the group.

Sir Michael Barber, Pearson’s Chief Education Advisor, said:

“Technology, when combined with a thoughtful perspective on pedagogy and system change, has the potential to deliver significant improvements in student outcomes.

"Yet despite this potential, the full impact of technology to transform education has not yet been realised. Today we are bringing together people from across the public and private sectors to take a systemic view about how we can use technology, combined with great teaching, to improve student outcomes.

"As part of this, at Pearson we are investing in new products and services that can help districts personalize learning and achieve greater results. To ensure we have the greatest impact, we commit to measure learning outcomes across all our products and services by 2018.

“Our MIT Media Lab membership is an important means to achieving these goals, and we are pleased to have worked with the Lab team to bring together to support a rich and focused discussion on this exciting area.”

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, serving learners of all ages with educational resources, services, software and assessments. We operate in more than 70 countries around the world, employing more than 40,000 people and serving the school, higher education and professional education markets with a commitment to measure and improve learning outcomes. Our resources are available in print, online and through multilingual packages that help people learn whatever and wherever they choose. Pearson’s businesses also include financial information through the Financial Times and consumer publishing through Penguin Random House.

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