Learning Catalytics

Foster student engagement and collaborative learning

Learning Catalytics is an interactive student response tool that encourages team-based learning by using students’ smartphones, tablets, or laptops to engage them in interactive tasks and thinking.

As an instructor, you can pose a variety of open-ended questions that help your students develop critical thinking skills, while monitoring responses with real-time analytics to find out where they’re struggling. With this information, you can adjust your instructional strategy in real time and try additional ways of engaging your students during class.

You can also manage student interactions by using Learning Catalytics for automatically grouping students for discussion, team-based learning, and peer-to-peer learning.


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Learning Catalytics features open-ended, multiple-choice, and image upload questions that encourage collaboration among students for team-based and group learning. The system also enables instructors to monitor student responses and keep tabs on how well students understand what is being taught and discussed.

Engage students with open-ended questions to develop critical thinking skills

Submit questions that require numerical, algebraic, textual, or graphical responses—or with multiple-choice. Open-ended questions require students to provide their own answer before the correct response is shared by the instructor, encouraging higher-level thinking and giving you a clearer view into what students are really thinking.  

Encourage group learning

Automatically group students for discussion of a question based on their responses and location, regardless of class size.  

Encourage team-based and collaborative learning for all students

Provide students with the structure for team-based and collaborative learning by engaging in discussion, articulating arguments, and resolving differences to reach a team consensus answer.

Engage your students in person or online, in a flipped or traditional classroom

Augment a traditional lecture, drive active learning in a flipped classroom, or bring the benefits of in-person interactions to completely asynchronous online courses.  

Use technology in the classroom to identify misconceptions and monitor responses to find out where students are struggling

Use any device to keep track of how students are progressing in real time without being tethered to the podium.

Fully integrated with Mastering and most MyLab products

Instructors, take advantage of questions built specifically for Learning Catalytics and gradebook integration with a Mastering or selected MyLab product. Your students access Learning Catalytics at no cost when they purchase a Mastering or most MyLab products with an eText subscription.


Learning Catalytics was developed at Harvard University by Eric Mazur, Gary King, and Brian Lukoff. Pearson acquired Learning Catalytics in 2013. Learning Catalytics continues to be available as a standalone product and is now fully integrated with all Mastering and many MyLab products.
Eric Mazur

Eric Mazur is the creator of Peer Instruction, speaker on physics education and interactive teaching, founder of SiOnyx, and a professor of physics and area dean at Harvard.

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Gary King

Gary King is an expert on statistical methods, founder of Crimson Hexagon, Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and one of just 23 University Professors at Harvard.

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Brian Lukoff

Brian Lukoff is an educator, entrepreneur, technology designer, and engineer. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard and a Stanford Ph.D. in educational measurement and technology.

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Learning Catalytics in the News

Avoiding Lethargic Lecture

September 16, 2015 TeachingMatters@UCA

Not Just Research

August 20, 2015 Inside Higher Ed

Transforming the Lecture Space

October 14, 2014 edSurge

Grouping Students With Software

July 18, 2012 New York Times

A "Moneyball" Approach to College

December 11, 2011 Chronicle of Higher Education

Doing linear algebra with peer instruction and Learning Catalytics

December 18, 2012 Casting Out Nines, Chronicle of Higher Education

Making Big Data Actionable in Class

October 24, 2012 Campus Technology

The NMC Horizon Report: 2012 Higher Education Edition

February 2012 The New Media Consortium

A Huge Leap for the Classroom

Nov-Dec 2011 Education Technology magazine

Ending the "tyranny of the lecture"

July 27, 2011 eSchoolNews