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.”

About Pearson

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