At Pearson, we pledge to help educators and students overcome their challenges and reach their goals. To make sure we're doing all we can for students, Pearson's Learning Design Team recently put MediaShare under the microscope to evaluate its efficacy. Here are a few of the ways MediaShare exemplifies contemporary learning design principles, which outline best practices for learning based on empirical, evidence-based research.
Engagement and interactivity are essential for learning and retention
By enabling students to create and upload their own content, MediaShare engages students in constructive, open-ended learning. The creation of this customized user-generated content, and the ability to collaborate with peers and revise per their feedback, yields a rich interactive learning experience that facilitates critical thinking.
A clear, transparent way to receive and process feedback facilitates meaningful learning gains
In MediaShare, pre-created and/or instructor created rubrics are visible to learners throughout the process. Time-stamped comments provide a specific layer to feedback that helps students improve their skills throughout the course.
Peer review and assessment of student work offers multiple learning benefits
These include prompt, detailed feedback from multiple sources and insight into the evaluation process. MediaShare helps foster these benefits by providing clear criteria for evaluation (via rubrics), opportunities for preliminary feedback and reflection to improve later performance, and time-efficient review, among other best practices.