Research-Based Design for Instructional Learning Products Award

Hatch Early Learning

Aug. 30, 2022

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Ignite by Hatch™ has earned the Research-Based Design for Instructional Learning Products: Product Certification from Digital Promise. This product certification serves as a rigorous and reliable signal for district and school leaders, educators, and families looking for edtech products with a confirmed basis in research about learning. 

Hatch submitted evidence to Digital Promise confirming a link between research on how students learn and the product's design. Hatch also demonstrated their commitment to making their research basis clear and accessible to the public. 

There are over 8,000 edtech products used in K-12 schools (LearnPlatform Top 40 Report, 2021) and fewer than 1% have earned the Digital Promise Research-Based Design Product Certification since 2020. Hatch partnered with Dr. Rachel Schechter at Learning Experience Design (LXD) Research, a division of Charles River Media Group, LLC, to prepare its application for the latest certification criteria, revised in March 2022

"Educators and researchers continue to uncover important insights about how people learn," said Christina Luke Luna, Chief Learning Officer, Pathways and Credentials at Digital Promise. "Digital Promise's Research-Based Design Product Certification recognizes the edtech products that incorporate research about learning into their design and development. Congratulations to Hatch for demonstrating that research informs product design"

Through Product Certifications, consumers can narrow their options as they select products based on research about learning before trying it out in their classrooms. Digital Promise launched the Research-Based Design Product Certification in February 2020 and has certified over 60 products to date. 

The Research-Based Design Product Certification uses a competency-based learning framework, developed in consultation with Digital Promise's Learner Variability Project advisory board, expert researchers in the Learning Sciences field, and nearly 50 educators across the United States. Further detail about its development can be found in Digital Promise's reports, Designing Edtech that Maters for Learning: Research-Based Design Product Certifications (2020) and An Overlooked Indicator of Edtech Quality: The Use of Learning Sciences Research


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