How Do Components of the Learning Process Fit Together?

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How do we assess the capabilities of our students? What are the components that contribute to the learning process, and how do they fit together? Pearson’s Research & Innovation Network has been working to pull all of the pieces together. With the understanding of how students learn, we can create elements aligned to this progression, such as assessments, games, instructional resources, and professional development.


Learn more about the Center for Product Design Research & Efficacy, which is part of Pearson’s Research & Innovation Network, and additional blog posts regarding the insight learning system.


About the Author
Emily Lai, Ph.D.

Emily Lai, Ph.D.

Emily Lai is the Director of the Center for Product Design Research & Efficacy. Previously, Emily was a Research Scientist in Pearson’s Center for NextGen Learning & Assessment. In that capacity, she oversaw design and development of curriculum-embedded performance tasks for Pearson Forward, a K-5 digital learning solution. She also led development of Pearson’s Framework of Approaches to Performance Assessment. Emily is an expert in principled assessment design approaches, including Pearson’s Principled Design for Efficacy (PDE). In addition, she conducts research and presents on assessment of 21st Century competencies. Her most recent research includes leading Baltimore County Public School educators in applying PDE to design performance tasks for formative use and co-developing a learning progression and associated performance assessments for geometric measurement of area. Previously, Emily was a program evaluator for five years at the University of Iowa’s Center for Evaluation and Assessment. Emily holds a Ph.D. in Educational Measurement & Statistics from the University of Iowa, a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa, and a Masters in Political Science from Emory University.