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  • Pearson Canada adds COVID-19 content for students to study the pandemic as it unfolds this fall

    This fall, Canadian educators and students had the opportunity to study COVID-19 and its impact on their field of study using Pearson Canada’s digital learning platforms MyLabMastering, and Revel.

    When the severity of the virus became clear in March, Pearson Canada’s editorial team immediately contacted virologists, authors, and other experts to develop content educators can use to teach students about the pandemic in real time.

    Joan Sharp and Michael Harrington, authors of the popular introductory biology textbook ‘Biological Science’, were two of the experts the publisher worked with to create brand new content about the pandemic in a matter of months. As biology professors at Simon Fraser University and the University of Alberta, respectively, they saw the importance of providing students with the latest research and accurate information about the virus.

    “Students learn best when they care about the subject matter. The whole world has been severely impacted by the current pandemic and our students are vitally interested in SARS-CoV-2 and its origin, structure, and replication, and in COVID-19, the disease it causes,” says Joan Sharp, Teaching Professor Emerita of Biology at Simon Fraser University.

    These rapid updates and additions would not have been possible without Pearson Canada’s digital-first model. In the past, the publisher could only revise their textbooks and supplementary resources every few years when a new print edition was published. Now, with digital textbooks and course materials, Pearson Canada can to release up-to-date content on current events like COVID-19 and the latest research across all disciplines anytime.

    “Instructors and learners value up-to-date content and relevant examples. We were limited by print, which didn't allow for the more frequent updating we can do now with digital. It is exciting that we can address something as important as the pandemic right away instead of having to wait a few years for a new print edition,” says Amie Plourde, Editorial Director of Higher Education at Pearson Canada.

    Just in time for the fall 2020 semester, Pearson Canada added COVID-19 content and activities across titles from Political Science to Biology. With so much of the future uncertain, learning about the ongoing pandemic has helped students process and understand the context of what is happening. 

    “We are grateful for their quick turnaround as making sure this was ready in time was no easy task with the rapidly evolving COVID-19 news updates. It was an all-around great effort and collaboration from our authors and Pearson teammates, who recognized the importance of being able to have academic discussions about the pandemic in relation to the different fields of study,” says Brianna Regier, Higher Education Portfolio Manager at Pearson Canada.

    Pearson Canada and their authors recognize that information about COVID-19 is rapidly changing and, as such, have plans to provide further updated content in 2021.


    Listed below are all titles with COVID-19 content available:

    MyLab

    Mastering

    Revel

    For more information on Pearson Canada’s COVID-19 digital updates, contact your local representative here.

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  • Pearson Canada and Riipen partner to expand and scale work-integrated learning opportunities to all areas of Higher Education.

    Canadian learners agree that human skills are the hardest to master:  88% of Canadian learners think Colleges and Universities should do more to teach skills like complex problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork & collaboration to help them prepare for today's job market.

    TORONTO, Ontario (March 2nd, 2020) — Pearson, the world’s learning company, is proud to announce a new collaboration with Riipen, the world’s largest marketplace of work-integrated learning experiences for students. Through this effort, Pearson and Riipen are working to bring fresh opportunities for work-integrated learning to campuses across Canada. Pearson has committed to the development of 400 new challenges, activities and assignments to enhance Riipen’s template library. Riipen templates serve as an easy and convenient entry point for educators and corporations new to work-integrated and experiential learning. These new templates will have a clear focus on under-serviced disciplines such as the humanities and social sciences, where opportunities for work-integrated and experiential learning are harder to find.

    “Educators, employers, and researchers agree that to succeed in the workplace, learners need skills and competencies beyond technical or academic knowledge”, said Marlene Olsavsky, Managing Director of Pearson Canada. “We are committed to supporting the development of these skills that we believe are critical for success. Riipen’s platform compliments our own digital products which are themselves designed to help people make progress in their lives through learning.”

    “We know that getting relevant experience is crucial to students long term success.” said Dana Stephenson, CEO of Riipen. Offering project-based learning (PBL) inside the classroom and working with instructors so that it can be embedded into the curriculum levels the playing field for students. Pearson has a deep understanding of what students are learning in the classroom. We hope that working together to develop PBL templates that align with course curriculum will further increase adoption in a wider variety of areas of study so that this type of experience can become increasingly accessible to more students.”

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    We are the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees operating in 70 countries. We combine world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people.

    About Riipen

    Riipen is enabling transformative opportunities for companies to collaborate with post-secondary students on real-time, real-world challenges that are embedded directly into coursework. To date, Riipen has enabled 40,000 students at 150+ post-secondary institutions to partake in 1.5 million hours of applied learning with 5,000 companies. Their mission is to help students of all backgrounds and geographies to boost their skills, gain career clarity, network, and find jobs they love.

    To learn more about Riipen and how you can get started with work-integrated experiential learning, please connect with the team or visit their website

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