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Pearson Principal Learning Designer in Boston, Massachusetts

Principal Learning Designer


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

The Principal Learning Designer will be part of an elite team dedicated to optimizing learning within Pearson’s next generation of evidence-based, global technology products. The Principal Learning Designer will collaborate with product managers, content developers, user-experience designers, and researchers on a portfolio of technology products that includes platforms, tools, courseware, titles, mobile solutions, and adaptive learning environments.

Learning Research & Design Core Values: We use evidence to drive designs that make more impactful and enjoyable learning experiences.

  1. We are fiercely learner-centric.

  2. We insist on evidence.

  3. We build using proven principles, not fads.

The Principal Learning Designer will be responsible for these key functions:

  • Lead outcomes-focused evidence-based design for next gen digital learning products, including the design of technical capabilities and content and assessment strategies; incorporate education research, learning models, and discipline context in collaboration with others in a range of job functions such as education design researchers, learning scientists, UX designers, product managers, and content developers (45%)

  • Advocate for strategic approaches to outcomes-focused evidence-based design, including the design, application, and validation of scales, progressions, and frameworks (20%)

  • Build learning design capacity within the organization through training and the development of scalable processes and resources. (20%)

  • Validate and refine evidence-based design decisions through education design research (10%)

  • Contribute to other design, development, research, and evaluation tasks, as needed (5%)

The Principal Learning Designer must be an independent and technically-adept problem-solver, who can juggle multiple high-volume responsibilities with great autonomy and initiative in a remote environment, while always demonstrating exceptional communication skills and a solution-oriented attitude amidst a dynamic climate of rapid change. This position requires strong project management expertise, exceptional virtual office skills, and outstanding interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.

Pearson Learning Research & Design uses a dynamic model of flexible capacity in which this position may be requested to lead or contribute to other development efforts depending upon product release schedules. Thus, preference will be given to candidates with complementary skills in diversified areas related to online learning, innovation, and assessment.

The individual in this position may be deployed in projects across our K-12 and Higher Education businesses.

Ability to work remotely.

Pearson is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience.

We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity.

The information you provide will stay confidential, and be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process.



Formal education or equivalent experience:

  • Master’s degree or higher in Learning Science, Cognitive Psychology, Educational Technology, Educational Psychology, Human Factors, Instructional Design, Assessment, Learning Design, Curriculum Design, or related field required

  • Minimum of three years participating in the design of learning technology, software, or learning environments.

  • Significant experience gathering and applying peer-reviewed scholarly research and user research

  • Previous instructional design and user-centered design testing experience preferred

  • Previous online and/or classroom teaching experience strongly preferred but not sufficient


  • Deep and demonstrated knowledge of learning design principles from cognitive psychology and allied fields

  • Demonstrated knowledge of K-12 and higher education learning environments.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working across multiple geographies.

  • Demonstrated experience synthesizing and applying research from the learning sciences to product design in clear, tangible, documented ways

  • Demonstrated understanding of evidence-based, learner-centered design processes, techniques, and tools

  • Demonstrated experience designing learning and assessment within digital learning experiences

  • Demonstrated experience collaborating effectively in highly matrixed, dispersed, cross-functional teams

  • Demonstrated experience contributing to complex technology systems with numerous stakeholders and requirements

  • Demonstrated experience applying design thinking in the learning design process.

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: US-MA-Boston

Other Locations US-NJ-Hoboken, US-CA-San Francisco, US-RE-Remote, GB-GB-London

Work Locations: US-MA-Boston-501 Boylston 501 Boylston St Boston 02116

Job: Product Management

Organization: Global Product

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 13, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1914893

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.