Overview: Learning Catalytics
To best understand Learning Catalytics features, make sure you're reading the right Help topics for your implementation. If you're using Learning Catalytics independent of a Pearson MyLab or Mastering course, you're in the right place. If, however, you're using Learning Catalytics in conjunction with another Pearson course, be sure to check the link above.
Summary of Learning Catalytics features
Interactivity and peer-to-peer learning
In class—both classroom-based and online classes—Learning Catalytics encourages student engagement and provides real-time insight into misconceptions. On your instructor console, you see student responses tabulated or displayed graphically as students submit them, and you can enable an "I don't understand" feature that students can use to let you know whenever they are confused.
Also in class, quizzes and interactive worksheets can be delivered using Learning Catalytics rich question types in Self-Paced or Self-Test modules.
Groups for discussing answers support peer-to-peer learning, where students can articulate their thinking and improve their conceptual understanding. Automatic grouping is available for Instructor-Led Synchronous and Automated Synchronous sessions, and permanent teams or student-formed temporary teams can be used in Team-Based sessions.
Asynchronous online courses
Students in completely asynchronous online courses can participate in a Learning Catalytics session simultaneously with other students who are taking the same course.
Outside of class, asynchronously assigned questions let students work independently. Students can also return to older sessions to review Learning Catalytics questions.
Students bring their own devices (not a separate clicker that limits the nature of question types and interactions), so you are able to deliver a wide variety of question types that students respond to by tapping or clicking a region of an image, dragging a pointer to indicate direction of movement, sketching on their screen, and even uploading an image they have created—in addition to typical multiple choice, numerical, algebraic, textual, matching, and ranking questions.
For the modules you deliver, you can select questions from contributors in the academic community. You can also create your own questions and share them with your colleagues. Selection is easy using filters by source, contributor, topic, textbook, and question type.
In the navigation bar near the top of the page, click Training and Support.
- Select Educator.
On the Educator Training & Support page, select any of the following options:
Get Trained gives you access to the Planning Toolkit and Live Online Training.
Documentation opens the Help file you are reading now.
Watch How Do I? Videos illustrate several Learning Catalytics features.
Contact Pearson Support takes you to the Pearson Support home page where you can search for content, select a link for commonly read articles, or directly contact support.
Get Your Students Started lets you download a 1-page Get Started handout for students who are not enrolled in a Pearson course.
Instructor Feedback Forum opens the page where you can enter your ideas for improving Learning Catalytics.
The Planning Toolkit helps you plan, implement, and evaluate Learning Catalytics for use with your course.
You'll want to consider connectivity requirements and student-access purchases before deciding to use Learning Catalytics with your course.
- Capacity for all students to be online simultaneously via Wi-Fi or cell providers (check with your IT department)
Student Web-enabled devices and account access:
- Smartphone, tablet, or laptop for each student (might incur standard data charges if used on a phone)
- Learning Catalytics account
Note: For students who don’t have a device, you can supply a printed PDF version of the module questions. In the list of modules for a Learning Catalytics course, click in the row for the module, and then select Create PDF.
You can explore features, experiment with setup, and test your delivery before you decide to make Learning Catalytics available to students.
Anything you set up as you explore can be used or discarded. Students don't see anything in Learning Catalytics until you start a session. Before you do that, be sure to alert students to confirm or purchase their access.
To start exploring:
- Create a course.
- Watch the How Do I? videos linked from the Training page. Further information about features, logistics, and pedagogical issues is available from the Implementation Guide, also accessed from that page.
- From the home page you can proceed to do any of the activities listed in the Next steps section (below).
If others will help set up, deliver, or administer your Learning Catalytics course, you can share your course.
Get your students ready
Distributing the Get Started handout ensures that students have the information they need to access Learning Catalytics before you deliver your first session.
For information on the student experience with Learning Catalytics, see the Student Help for Learning Catalytics.
Submit your ideas and requests
At the Learning Catalytics Instructor feedback forum, you can submit ideas and requests for feature enhancements.
There you can also see ideas and requests that others have submitted, and you can vote for any that are of particular interest to you.