Learning Contract

Pattern Name

LEARNING CONTRACT (Larson et al., 2008, p. 5)

Pattern Language

Continuous Feedback Pedagogical Patterns


Defining Learning Outcomes, developing learning strategies

Active Role



Through agreeing on a learning contract between students and teachers, clear goals and learning strategies are set and students take responsibility for their own learning (Larson et al., 2008, p. 5).

Example for Technological Support

The learning contract could be added to the student’s ePortfolio so it is can be linked to learning artefacts. This could happen either in an ePortfolio-Platform like Mahara (Mahara, n.d.) or also in One-Note Class Notebook (Microsoft, 2017)


Larson, K. A., Trees, F. P., & Weaver, D. S. (2008). Continuous Feedback Pedagogical Patterns. In PLoP’08 Proceedings of the 15th Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs. New York, NY, USA: ACM. Retrieved from http://hillside.net/plop/2008/papers/PLoP2008_26_Larson+Trees+Weaver.pdf

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