Principal Learning Designer, Assessment

at Pearson in Dover, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Principal Learning Designer, Assessment – ( 2112532 )


Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with more than 20,000 employees in over 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. Pearson is on a path to becoming ‘the efficacy company’ by focusing on ensuring our products and services deliver measurable and improved learner outcomes. The Global Product organization in Pearson designs and develops research-based products to deliver improved learner outcomes. The Efficacy and Learning division of the Global Product organization is looking for a Principal Learning Designer, Assessment to join our Learning Research & Design team. The core mission of the Efficacy and Learning team is to improve the impact that Pearson’s products and services have on learner outcomes. Thus, the position provides the opportunity to facilitate cutting-edge learning research and design that makes a substantial contribution to learning and instruction.

Reporting lines: The role reports to the Director of Learning Research and Design and will work closely with product management, researchers, learning scientists, efficacy delivery managers, user experience designers, and product marketers.

The anticipated starting salary range for Colorado-based candidates expressing interest in this position. is $95K. This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program.

Benefits available to eligible employees can be seen at:

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.


Are we right for you?

We Value Diversity and Inclusion

We value the power of inclusive culture, so we embed diversity and inclusion in everything we do. Pearson promotes a company culture where differences are embraced as strengths, opportunities are equal and accessible, consideration and respect are the norm, and all employees are given the chance to reach their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant company. People are at the center of our company. We are committed to a sustainable environment and workplace ecosystem where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.

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Pearson offers full benefits packages, including flexible hours, wellness supports, emergency childcare benefits, paid family leave, volunteer days, reasonable adjustments for disability, and education reimbursement.

This role is critical for the outcomes-focused evidence-based product design that’s essential to delivering on our commitment to efficacy. The Principal Learning Designer, Assessment will be part of a team dedicated to optimizing learning within Pearson’s next generation of evidence-based, global technology products.

You will:

+ Lead efficacy-driven research-based assessment design innovations

+ Lead outcomes-focused evidence-based design for next gen digital learning products, including the design of technical capabilities as well as content and assessment strategies and incorporate education research, learning models, and discipline context in collaboration with others in a range of job functions

+ Advocate for strategic approaches to outcomes-focused evidence-based design, including the design, application, and validation of scales, progressions, and frameworks

+ Build assessment and learning design capacity within the organization through training and the development of scalable processes and resources.

+ Validate and refine evidence-based design decisions through education design research

+ Contribute to other design, development, research, and evaluation tasks, as needed

Are you right for us?

Essential Experience

+ You have led initiatives in assessment research or design including designing assessment capabilities and experiences in learning technology, software, or learning environments.

+ You have gathered and applied peer-reviewed scholarly research related to assessment / learning design

+ You have online and /or classroom teaching experience, which is strongly preferred

Technical Skills

+ You have enough breadth of experience designing formative and summative assessments in digital learning / assessment solutions to be responsive to novel challenges

+ You have used principled assessment design practices (e.g., Evidence-Centered Design) in new forms of assessment

+ You have enough fluency in learning design principles from cognitive psychology and allied fields to apply them to solve problems for learners

+ Your experience in higher education and lifelong learning environments is a plus.

+ You can synthesize and apply research from the learning sciences to product design in clear, tangible, documented ways.

+ As a plus, you have experience using statistics software (e.g., SPSS, R) to investigate the reliability and validity of assessments

Commercial Skills

+ You understand the challenge of balancing customer needs, organizational priorities, resource limitations, and research & design integrity in a commercial environment – and you have the innovative mindset to generate creative solutions.

+ You are flexible and able to adapt plans in response to changing market conditions

Collaboration and Communication Skills

+ You communicate clearly and in a way that is accessible to audiences with different areas of expertise about research-based assessment design with stakeholder audiences that have diverse backgrounds and expertise, including customers.

+ You connect and maintain cooperative relationships with key partners and stakeholders.


Master’s degree or higher in Assessment and Measurement, Learning Science, Cognitive Psychology, Educational Psychology, Learning Design, or related field or equivalent academic experience is required

Applying Details

Pearson believes in a diverse workforce. Please let the Human Resources representative know if there are any accommodations you may need to fully engage in the application or interview process.

Primary Location : US-RE-Remote

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Job : Efficacy

Organization : Efficacy & Research

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Shift : Day Job

Travel : Yes, 25 % of the Time

Job Posting : Sep 23, 2021

Job Unposting : Ongoing

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2112532

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Job Posting: JC192341347

Posted On: Sep 15, 2021

Updated On: Oct 14, 2021