Diana Laurillard Profile Page


Name: Professor Diana Laurillard

Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies in the London Knowledge Lab at UCL-IOE.

Current research is in three related areas (see LKL Research tab): Teaching/Learning Design tools for teachers, the Design of MOOCs for professional development and research impact, and Digital interventions for low numeracy and dyscalculia. 

In all three cases the intention is to bridge the gap between teaching and research.

Teaching/Learning Design tools for teachers 

For more on learning design tools please see use the following links:

for the Learning Designer - try browsing and adapting existing patterns, or designing your own.

for the Course Resource Appraisal Model - try opening the sample modules, exporting a report, experimenting with an existing module to see the effect on student experience and teacher workload, and creating your own model.

for the Building Community Knowledge project website

Design of MOOCs for professional development and research impact

Lead educator on a UNESCO-IOE collaboration to run a MOOC on ICT in Primary Education (2014-15).  An evaluation report is available.

Joint lead educator, with University of Leeds, on a Ufi-funded MOOC on Blended Learning Essentials for the Vocational Education and Training sector, Nov 2015.

Digital interventions for low numeracy and dyscalculia 

For digital games designed to assist learners with low numeracy please see  

 www.numbersense.co.uk  where the games focus on foundational concepts of numerosity, and on the functional skill of telling the time.

See 'Dyscalculia: From brain to education' - paper in Science. Full text at http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/332/6033/1049?ijkey=IiMn47/zfOJ0I&keytype=ref&siteid=sci

Brief biog

Previous appointments include Head of the e-Learning Strategy Unit at the UK Government's Department for Education and Skills, Thinker in Residence at the Royal Flemish Academy, the Visiting Committee on IT at Harvard University, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for learning technologies and teaching at The Open University.

Current appointments are: Education Advisory Board for the Climate KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community); Board of Trustees for the E-Learning Foundation; Education Technology Action Group for DfE; Further
Education Learning Technology Action Group for BIS.


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Personal Information:

Professor Diana Laurillard:   Curriculum Vitae                                          

Chair of Learning with Digital Technologies

London Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education


Recent appointments

2005 -        Chair of Learning with Digital Technologies, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London

2010 - 14   Assistant Director for Open Mode learning (Institute of Education)

2002 - 05   Head of the e-Learning Strategy Unit, Department for Education and Skills.

1998 - 02   Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning Technologies and Teaching), Open University

1995 - 98   Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Technology Development), Open University

1995 - 02   Professor of Educational Technology, Open University

Other academic positions

2014 - 15   Thinker in Residence, Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts, Brussels

2014 -        Climate KIC Advisory Board.

2012 – 15  Vice Chair, Chair, and President of the Association for Learning Technology.

2006 - 09  External Examiner, MSc in E-Learning, University of Oxford

1999 - 02   Visiting Committee on IT, Harvard University, USA.

Academic qualifications

1978    PhD: 'A study of the relationship between some of the cognitive and contextual factors in student learning', University of Surrey.

1969    BSc:  Mathematics and Philosophy, University of Sussex.

Academic honours

2005    Honorary DSc, University of Brighton

2003    Honorary Fellowship of University College, London

2002    Honorary DPhil, Open University of the Netherlands

2001    Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

1998    Honorary DSc, University of Abertay.

Main recent externally-funded research and development projects

2013 – 17  Partner Investigator for Science learning Research Centre, Australian Research Council (total funding AS$20m)

2013 - 14   PI for ‘Building Community Knowledge’, ESRC follow-on funding, (£100k)

2013 – 15  PI for ‘A Course Resource Appraisal Model’ HEIF (£70k)

2013 - 14   Consultant on ‘Pedagogical Design Research’ Project, ASTRI (HK), (£250k)

2011 - 12   PI for 'Generator and the Learning Designer Integration', LSIS (£110k)

2008 - 11   PI for ‘Learning design support environment for teachers and lecturers’, ESRC/EPSRC, (£1.5m)

Selected Public Service

2014 -        Education Technology Action Group for DfE/BIS (SoS Education, Minister of Higher Education, Minister for Skills)

2013 -        Further Education Learning Technology Advisory Group for BIS (Minister for Skills)

2010 -  11  Royal Society Working Group on Educational Neuroscience.

2010 –       E-Learning Foundation Board, UK.

2008 - 13  Supervisory Board for the Fern Universitat, Hagen, Germany.



Recent publications

Laurillard, Diana (2014) Anatomy of a MOOC, UCL Report.

Laurillard, Diana (2013), Supporting Teachers in Optimizing Technologies for Open Learning   in J. Willems, B. Tynan, and R. James (Eds), Global Challenges and Perspectives in Blended and Distance Learning, Information Science Reference, Hershey, PA.

Diana Laurillard (2012). Teaching as a Design Science: Building Pedagogical Patterns for Learning and Technology, NY: Routledge.

Review in Teachers College Record at http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=17048

Laurillard, D., P. Charlton, et al. (2012). A constructionist learning environment for teachers to model learning designs. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, (in press).

Charlton,P., Magoulas, G., & Diana Laurillard, D. (2012): Enabling creative learning design through semantic technologies, Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 21:2, 231-253.

Thomas, M. S. C., & Laurillard, D. (2012). Computational modelling of learning and teaching. In D. Mareschal, A. Tolmie & B. Butterworth (Eds.), Handbook of Educational Neuroscience. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Frederickson, N., Laurillard, D., Tolmie, A. (Eds). (2012) Educational Neuroscience, British Journal of Educational Psychology, Monograph Series II: Psychological Aspects of Education – Current Trends, Number 8.

Brian Butterworth, Sashank Varma, and Diana Laurillard (2011) Dyscalculia: From Brain to Education, Science, Vol. 332 no.6033 pp. 1049-1053.

(2011). Supporting teachers in optimizing technologies for open learning. In B. Tynan & J. Willems (Eds.), Education 2011-2021 SUMMIT. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press.

Laurillard, D and Ljubojevic, D. (2011). Evaluating learning designs through the formal representation of pedagogical patterns. In J. W. Kohls & C. Kohls (Eds.), Investigations of E-Learning Patterns: Context Factors, Problems and Solutions (pp. 86-105): IGI Global.

(2010). Effective Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning in HE. In Peterson, Baker & McGaw (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Education (Vol. 4, pp. 419-426). Oxford: Elsevier.

(2009) The pedagogical challenges to collaborative technologies, International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 4(1) 5-20.

(2008) ëThe teacher as action researcher: Using technology to capture pedagogic formí, Studies in Higher Education, 33(2), 139-154.

(2008) Digital technologies and their role in achieving our ambitions for education, Professorial lecture, Institute of Education, University of London, ISBN: 0 85473 702 2, 38pp.

San Diego, J., Laurillard, D., Boyle, T., Bradley, C., Llubojevic, Neumann, T. and Pearce, D. (2008) ëToward a user-oriented analytical approach to learning designí ALT-J, 16 (1) 15-29.

(2008). Open teaching: The key to sustainable and effective open education, in Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge, Toru Iiyoshi and M. S. Vijay Kumar (eds), MIT Press.

(2007). Pedagogical forms of moblie learning: framing research questions, in Mobile Learning: Towards a research agenda, Norbert Pachler (ed), Occasional papers in Work-based Learning, I, WLE Centre, Institute of Education, London.

(2007) ëModelling benefits-oriented costs for technology enhanced learningí Higher Education, 54, 21-39.

(2005) ëE-Learning in Higher Educationí, in Changing Higher Education: The Development of Learning and Teaching, Paul Ashwin (ed), RoutledgeFalmer.

(2005) Harnessing technology to personalise the learning experience, in Personalising Learning the 21st Century, Chris Yapp & Sara de Freitas (eds), Network Educational Press.

(2003) With Patrick McAndrew. ëReusable educational software: a basis for generic learning activitiesí, in Reusing Online Resources: A sustainable approach to e-learning, Allison Littlejohn (ed), pp81-93, Kogan Page.

(2002) Rethinking University Teaching: A Conversational Framework for the Effective Use of Learning Technologies. 2nd edition. London: RoutledgeFalmer.

Powerpoint presentations


LKL News

Diana Laurillard is featured in the following news items:
Friday, 30 October 2015Honorary Degree: Professor Diana Laurillard
Tuesday, 23 December 2014Anatomy of a MOOC for Teacher CPD
Monday, 15 December 2014US President Barack Obama gives backing to LKL MOOC
Tuesday, 07 October 2014Welcome to our Third International Learning Design Challenge: Move-It-Online
Monday, 01 September 2014LKL at ALT-C 2014
Wednesday, 29 January 2014Online International Learning Design Challenge
Monday, 04 March 2013Jobs @ LKL: Research Officers for the Building Community Knowledge project
Friday, 27 July 2012What the Research says 20th July Event Report
Friday, 23 March 2012Teaching as a Design Science
Friday, 24 February 2012Vote for NumberBonds!
Thursday, 23 February 2012Live online debate between Diana Laurillard and Stephen Downes
Wednesday, 07 September 2011Strong LKL Presence at ALT-C
Thursday, 26 May 2011LKL contributes to research review paper in Science
Thursday, 24 February 2011LKL feeds brainwaves
Monday, 10 January 2011London Knowledge Lab Professors present at the LWF Festival of Learning and Technology
Thursday, 03 June 2010UNESCO Institute for IT in Education
Monday, 03 May 2010New Masters in Learning Technologies at the LKL
Thursday, 23 July 2009Researching Mobile Learning
Sunday, 14 June 2009Call for Contributions
Tuesday, 02 June 2009New Philosophies of Learning
Thursday, 28 May 2009Formative e-Assessment: read all about it!
Monday, 20 October 2008Opening Up Education
Wednesday, 25 June 2008Two ESRC/EPSRC awards for LKL in Technology Enhanced Learning
Thursday, 05 June 2008Live from the LKL: Open Evening 2008
Thursday, 05 June 2008Now Live: Open Evening 2008
Thursday, 01 May 2008Digital interventions for dyscalculia and low numeracy
Wednesday, 12 March 2008Inaugural Professorial Lecture
Monday, 13 August 2007Alex Poulovassilis
Friday, 04 May 2007Wednesday Knowledge Seminars: an informal forum for LKL staff
Friday, 15 December 2006MyPlan
Tuesday, 07 November 2006Rose Luckin
Thursday, 25 May 2006Design for learning
Tuesday, 14 March 2006Harnessing the Power of e-Learning in HE
Friday, 13 January 2006Making Computer Games: Developing Creativity and Understanding Through Media Production
Wednesday, 11 January 2006Focusing on teachers
Thursday, 25 August 2005Two new professors @ LKL: Diana Laurillard and Rose Luckin

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