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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.


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


Not Just Research

August 20, 2015

Inside Higher Ed

Transforming the Lecture Space

October 14, 2014


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