Learning Catalytics™

Foster student engagement and peer-to-peer learning

MyLab & Mastering with eText now provides Learning Catalytics! Learning Catalytics uses the devices your students already bring to class—smartphones, tablets, or laptops—and engages them in more sophisticated tasks and thinking. As an instructor, you benefit from real-time analytics that you can use to generate discussion and to assess, and even improve, students’ performance in real-time.

With Learning Catalytics, you can pose a variety of open-ended questions that help students develop critical thinking skills and expose their thinking, choosing from questions that are knowledge-, conceptual- or opinion-based. With instructor-led synchronous modules, students submit their answers using their web-enabled device and receive immediate feedback. As they work to answer questions and solve problems, you’re able to monitor their responses and find out where they’re struggling. You can then try other ways of engaging your students during class and use the results to adjust your instructional strategy in real-time.

You can also manage student interactions by using Learning Catalytics to automatically group students for discussion, teamwork, and peer-to-peer learning. Throughout the course, Learning Catalytics complements your instruction by capturing student feedback and offering a range of data to assess student understanding.

In April 2014, we filmed a class at Temple College using Learning Catalytics where we captured the essence of Learning Catalytics: peer-led instruction and active learning. Here's what they had to say about it.