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Research-Based Promise

The Learning Sciences Research-Based Design Promise is a campaign to incorporate research into the instructional design and development of education technology (edtech) products and tools to meet the needs of diverse learners. Our mission is to equip edtech vendors with resources and standards to guide product design using research to effectively support all learners, particularly learners who have been marginalized, through high quality instruction.

Join the movement! By signing this Promise, you will signal to education leaders, educators, and the field that your team is committed to using research to develop the most powerful instructional edtech product. Your signature on this promise demonstrates your team’s commitment to:

1. Consult Learning Sciences Research1 on a continuous schedule.

We commit to conducting regularly scheduled literature scans and, when appropriate, landscape analyses to remain well-informed and up-to-date on the most recent Learning Sciences Research. We commit to incorporating new, relevant strategies discovered through research to support learners.

2. Develop a theoretical framework, grounded in rigorous research, to guide and inform product design and development.

We commit to maintaining a theoretical framework, grounded in rigorous Learning Sciences Research. We commit to using this theoretical framework to guide and inform product design and development to ensure instructional decisions are based on research findings about how students learn.

3. Provide transparency around the research supporting our product.

We commit to sharing the Learning Sciences Research that guides our product design and development in formats that are easily accessible by our users. We commit to championing the notion that education leaders and educators should have access to the research that guides our product design and development.

4. Design at the margins to support diverse learners.

We commit to focusing on research that includes the voices of marginalized populations to identify and incorporate best practices into product design and development to create edtech that supports diverse learners.


1Learning sciences, an interdisciplinary, research-based field, “advances understanding of the learning process and the design of innovative learning environments.”

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