Learning Sciences Research Based Design Edtech Product Certification Application
The product team guides product design and development using a theoretical framework grounded in high quality, rigorous research about learning, particularly as learning relates to content area, cognition, social emotional learning, and diverse learner backgrounds.
--What is Learning Sciences Research?
Learning Sciences, an interdisciplinary, research-based field, “advances understanding of the
learning process and the design of innovative learning environments.”
Learning Sciences Research focuses on understanding how people learn, how to design and
implement learning innovations, and how to improve instructional methodologies.
--What is a rigorous study?
Studies have applied appropriate data collection and analysis methodologies,
sampling strategies, and comparison groups when relevant.
The study has either been peer-reviewed or the study was driven by the voices of those most
impacted by the research from conception through co-interpretation of findings.
There is a clear and logical link between the study’s focus, its findings, and the product.
--Examples of a theoretical framework grounded in Learning Sciences Research
A logic model demonstrating the link between research findings and the product’s theory of
A conceptual framework citing Learning Sciences Research that has a clear and logical
connection to the product.
--Learner Variability Navigator:
--Using Research in Edtech:
--Learner Variability Navigator's Product Explorer:
--Learner Variability is the Rule, Not the Exception:
--Learner Variability Project's Blogs:
--Learner Variability Project's Videos:
--Tapping Research to Address Learner Variability in Young Readers:
--Sharing the Results of the 2016 Research-Based Products Campaign:
--How edtech companies use research to make better products:
What is your name?
What is your professional title?
What is your email address?
Did other team members contribute to this application? (If so, please list those team members names and titles)
What is the name of the edtech product described in this application?
Which learner levels does your product attend to?
Which subject areas does your product cover?
English Language Arts
Social Emotional Learning
Please share the URL to your product’s website.
About how many students use your product? (This response will only be used for research purposes and will not be incorporated in your application evaluation).
Are you interested in participating in a short interview to provide Digital Promise with feedback and insights from your experience with this application? (This response will not be incorporated in your application evaluation).
Describe your product. How does the product support students’ learning? How does the product attend to the needs of diverse learners, including students with learning differences and disabilities, students of color, and marginalized learners? (Maximum character count: 5000)
Given your description above, please submit a video to provide evidence to demonstrate how your product attends to the needs of diverse learners. Please upload a recorded video of the product in response to this question using this link:
. Videos should not exceed 5 minutes in duration. Please indicate below how this video demonstrates your products attention to diverse learner needs. (Maximum character count: 500)
How does your product incorporate Learning Sciences Research into its design? In particular, how were Learning Sciences Research findings consulted to meet the needs of diverse learners? (Maximum character count: 5000)
Please provide at least one artifact (e.g., theory of change, logic model, etc.) that demonstrates how Learning Sciences Research informs the theoretical framework guiding your tool. This artifact should include citations of rigorous studies consulted in product design and development. Please upload your artifact(s) using this link:
. Please provide a brief overview of the artifact below. (Maximum character count: 2500)
Please provide a public-facing artifact that demonstrates your commitment to transparency in communicating how Learning Sciences Research informed the product. To respond, you may choose to either (1) upload public-facing artifact(s) through this URL:
or (2) share relevant link(s)/URL(s) in the space below. In either case, please provide an overview of the artifact below. (Maximum character count: 2500)
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