Learner Variability Criteria - Product Certifications

Learner Variability Criteria

Criteria for Learner Variability Certification

  1. The product offers at least six (6) distinct features, tools, and/or learning experiences that support learners’ social and emotional needs, cognitive abilities, and personal backgrounds and explains in detail how different learners are expected to benefit from each feature/tool/learning experience.
  2. The product identifies, and explains the use of, at least two (2) features that can be adjusted by the users themselves to meet learners’ varying needs.
  3. There is clear, easily accessible, publicly facing information on how the product has been designed to support variation among learners. It also clearly identifies which aspects of learner variability are supported by using the product.
  4. The product developers incorporated input from educators and diverse learners to inform the design features.

Through collaboration with education leaders and educators, education nonprofit leaders, and product developers, Digital Promise created this criteria to establish a minimum standard of research use in edtech product development. This criteria directly informed the Learner Variability product certification application.

How it works

Two assessors review each application based on the criteria established above. When both assessors agree on the appropriate category, the product receives the respective status. When assessors disagree, they meet to discuss their perspectives and come to an agreement on the status with project leadership.

The product certification process is a learning experience. To support continuous learning and improvement, we offer product developers feedback and a chance to resubmit. Only products that earn a certification will be shared publicly.

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