Pearson Educational Design Researcher in Chandler, Arizona

Educational Design Researcher


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 Educational Design Researcher will be a key contributor to the iterative, learner-centered design of Pearson’s next generation of higher education technology products. The Educational Design Researcher will lead formative learner-centered design testing of digital learning products in remote, laboratory, or classroom settings in order to validate and/or iterate on granular design elements within a context of learning experiences, models, and platforms. The Educational Design Researcher will be deeply familiar with the learning sciences, proficient in research methodologies, and expert at managing multiple research and validation initiatives.


  • Facilitate learner-centered design testing at labs, colleges, partner institutions, and via remote testing methodologies to validate and/or iterate product learning design and to preface formal evaluation measures

  • Incorporate innovative validation measures and methodologies that draw on user-centered design principles, human factors, and affective and cognitive testing while also providing key indicators of learning

  • Extrapolate research results into an actionable recommendations for product learning design

  • Utilize agile and innovative testing methodologies to achieve rapid results to support aggressive development timelines

  • Contribute to cumulative reporting on trends and retrospectives of value to the product learning design team

The Educational Design Researcher must be an independent and technically-adept problem-solver, who can balance multiple high-volume responsibilities with great autonomy and initiative in a remote environment, while always demonstrating exceptional communication and collaboration 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 & Experience Design utilizes 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, visual design, innovation, and assessment.


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, 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 experience with qualitative research preferred


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

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

  • Demonstrated understanding of various learning tools and their impact on learning

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

  • Demonstrated experience participating in the design of learner interfaces and learner experiences

  • Demonstrated experience establishing and designing for specific learner needs

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

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


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-CA-San Francisco, US-CO-Centennial, US-NY-New York, US-RE-Remote, US-AZ-Chandler, US-NJ-Hoboken

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: Jun 19, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1808939

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.