Sunanda Vaidheesh

Writer | Learning Designer | Program Manager

Learning Design

It is my belief that you can infuse thoughtful learning design and pedagogy across your work—in the products you build, the research you conduct, and the best practices you share with the broader community.


MedTerm Scramble, v2 (iOs/Android) (Summer 2014)
While at Pearson Education, I worked to re-launch v2 of the Med Term Scramble mobile app. This educational quiz game is designed for health professions students looking to brush up on their medical terminology knowledge.

MyCarpentryLab (Spring 2015)
This Pearson product took an innovative approach to technical trades education. Upon discovering students’ and instructors’ central pain point (mastery of foundational math concepts), we married carpentry and math in our product design. MyCarpentryLab offers students math practice contextualized in carpentry case studies to apply their math knowledge, rather than drilling students on dry, abstracted theory.

MyAutomotiveLab & MyHealthProfessionsLab for Medical Assisting (Spring 2015)
Both MyAutomotiveLab and MyHealthProfessionsLab (both online course companions to their respective Pearson textbooks) offered students diagnostic case study practice to help students develop analytical decision making skills, within the context of their fields. The automotive case studies walk students through scenarios in which they must evaluate what tests to run, based on the information they’re given about a certain vehicle, and what next steps to take. The health professions case studies walk students through patient scenarios, inviting students to apply basic health sciences concepts to real clinical situations.


Exploring the Intersections of Cultural Capital and Technology: A Study of Inequality in Digital Fluency Development (January 2011 to January 2012)
I conducted IRB approved independent undergraduate research, under the mentorship of Professor Michaels. Directed and executed research design, data collection, and extensive quantitative and qualitative data analysis.

Women, Water, Work: Gender and Education in Context of Water Scarcity in Rural Rajasthan (January 2010 to May 2010)
I conducted an independent directed research project, under the mentorship of Professor Bywater. I was also one of three Grinnell students selected to travel to India in March 2010 to study the water scarcity struggles in rural Rajasthan, a Northern Indian state, on which we based our semester-long independent research work.


“Scaling Training: Applying a Readiness Framework” (May 2017)
Google Learning Design Summit

“Demystifying Inequalities in Digital Literacy and Fluency Development: An Interdisciplinary Analysis” (April 2013)
Through the Looking Glass: Truth and Context in Education Research (Annual Student Research Conference), Harvard Graduate School of Education 

“Delivering on the Promise of Access to Education: Improving Primary School Completion Rates in Brazil” (January 2013)
Global Education Leadership Conference, Harvard Graduate School of Education

“Balancing the Local with the Global: Managing Sustainability Concerns of Non-Formal Education Providing NGOs in Developing Countries” (April 2011)
Iowa Sociological Association Annual Conference