Pearson Announces Enhancements to Pearson LearningStudio Platform

Mobile Solution and a Redesigned User Interface that Mimics Popular Social Media Sites

Oct 18, 2011, 12:35 ET from Pearson

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearson, the world's leading learning company, today announced two new platform enhancements for Pearson LearningStudio, its industry-leading learning management system (LMS) for fully online programs.  

The enhancements—an updated Pearson LearningStudio mobile solution (mSite) and an intuitive and engaging new student user interface (UI)—incorporate elements of today's most popular mobile and social media applications.  The announcement was made at EDUCAUSE 2011, the annual gathering of the world's education technology leaders.

"Today's students and instructors expect social and mobile features that allow them to interact and work together in real time.  The latest Pearson LearningStudio enhancements allow students to engage with their course materials, instructors and each other in a truly collaborative way that will ultimately drive their success," said Matt Leavy, CEO of Pearson eCollege.    

Details of the Pearson LearningStudio enhancements are below.  Pearson representatives are highlighting the new Pearson LearningStudio features at EDUCAUSE 2011 in Booth #1210.

Pearson LearningStudio Mobile Site

Easy-to-use mobile features extend engagement through social learning and enable students to continuously connect with classmates and instructors anytime, anywhere.  Through a custom mobile site that features the institution's brand, students can participate in class discussions, access gradebooks and receive alerts about new uploads and upcoming deadlines.  Built as a mobile web-based solution, or mSite, the solution is compatible with all leading smart device operating systems and requires no downloads.  

The updated mSite includes enhanced features that enable students to quickly view the recent activity from their courses, including thread topics and responses, Dropbox submissions and grades; see scheduled items from their courses, including threads, content items, quizzes and exams; view comments on their assignments; receive alerts on new uploads and upcoming deadlines; and easily connect with other students in their courses.

Pearson LearningStudio New Student User Interface

In addition to a host of new features, Pearson LearningStudio has been redesigned with a simple, clean look modeled after popular social media sites. These tools feel familiar and enable students to intuitively find what they need, which will ultimately drive their retention and success.

New tools, available directly on the homepage, include a course information and activity feed that allows students to stay up-to-date on their classes. In addition, there are communication and collaboration tools to engage peers and instructors, including social profiles, avatars, chat, groups, remarks, activity feed and fully-integrated Skype functionality for real-time discussion.

About Pearson eCollege

Pearson eCollege is part of Pearson, the world's leading learning company, and powers many of the most successful online programs with Pearson LearningStudio.  Every day, millions of instructors and students worldwide turn to Pearson LearningStudio.  Backed by the extensive support of Pearson, Pearson LearningStudio's proven platform, services and support are enabling the long-term growth and evolution of personalized online learning environments in higher education worldwide.

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