To see how Learning Catalytics compares with other supported Classroom Response Tools, visit the Classroom Participation and Polling page.
Learning Catalytics is a web-based platform for managing the interactive classroom. Originally developed by the Mazur Group at Harvard and now owned by Pearson, it supports the peer instruction method of teaching, and can also be used to get real-time feedback during class. Faculty can engage students with questions about the material – with numerical, algebraic, textual, or graphical responses – and the platform can help group students for follow-up discussions and track their responses.
|Wide range of question types available||No integration with presentation software (PowerPoint)||Gauging students' understanding of concepts during class|
|Anonymous polling||No Canvas integration||Gathering class demographic data|
|Advanced features to support peer-instruction and collaborative learning||Group-based discussion during class|
|Free for Harvard||Stimulating debates in class by asking opinion questions (anonymously if possible)|
For support and assistance, please contact Academic Technology for FAS. To get started with Learning Catalytics, follow the following steps:
- Contact Gina Mackey at Pearson to provide an enrollment estimate and to get an access code that will allow your students to create accounts
Visit the Learning Catalytics page on the Pearson website, click Register, and provide your access code.