John Fallon, CEO
In today’s digital age, training and education have moved beyond classrooms and textbooks and can be availed from anywhere, thanks to the rampant growth in easily accessible digital technologies. The online space is witnessing a boom in digital learning platforms that bring digital content libraries, online training videos, podcasts, objective exercises and tests. Many institutions are even using augmented reality, virtual reality (AR/VR), and artificial intelligence to take learning to the next level. What has taken the importance of digital learning several notches up is the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the global population remains locked behind the doors to avert the disaster, distance learning has taken center stage in education.
Taming these massive challenges in training and education is Pearson, a learning company that provides content, assessment, and digital services to learners, educational institutions, employers, governments, and partners globally. The company is leading from the front with its offerings to equip learners with the skills that businesses from across industries are looking for in their prospective employees. Pearson has carefully developed its portfolio of offerings with the belief that when people become employable, societies flourish.
Currently, learners are looking for new ways to access education. Moreover, a majority of the global workforce acknowledges the importance of lifelong learning for relevant skills and knowledge with the fast-changing market conditions. Pearson offers game-changing benefits to all of the stakeholders—learners, educators, employers, and governments—in a learning program. Its services include higher education courseware, assessments and qualifications, online program management, virtual schools, and professional certification, and English, among others.
Pearson has carefully developed its portfolio of offerings with the belief that when people become employable, societies flourish
In all the offerings, the company’s teams collaborate with those of the clients to develop relevant and customized educational solutions to meet the needs of the individual. The services help higher education institutions overcome challenges and make the most of the opportunities.
Pearson’s unique service, Inclusive Access, allows teachers and instructors to conduct the course in a personalized manner while empowering students to take ownership of their education. High customization and the digital-first format allows teachers and students to be consistent in their attendance and performance, thereby, paving the way for a consistent education journey. In a case study, one of its clients, a leading educational institution, reported that students typically did not have course materials by the first day of class, which was demotivating for the students. Financial challenges due to delay in funding aid increased the woes. Pearson was able to turn the corner for the institution. The company’s Inclusive Access ensured that the students were able to automatically receive access to digital course materials by the first day of class at a significantly lower price.
As part of its long-term strategy, Pearson is moving toward achieving a learner-centered model for superior learning experiences and successful careers, which, in turn, leads to profitable business for an educational institution. In this pursuit, the company is building a platform through which the future of learning will be built. Centered on the learner, the platform will allow Pearson to partner with a number of renowned authors, institutions, government and regulatory bodies, as well as employers to develop content, assessments, and services. As the platform takes a data-driven approach and leverages proven learning science and pedagogy, Pearson will be in a unique position to develop personalized training content with efficient analytics for maximum learning outcomes. Focused on delivering talented resources to the modern business world, the company’s new platform will be a shot in the arm for individuals to build skills for a sustainable future.