LKL Research Themes

Automating support for learning, collaboration and knowledge building

ResearchNew digital technologies and media are giving rise to increasing volumes and varieties of information, presenting new opportunities for learning and knowledge. We seek to make this information more useful by researching and developing techniques for managing, integrating and personalising it. We are designing, building and critically evaluating systems that help people to understand the mass of information that surrounds them, and to generate knowledge from this information. We seek to model and deploy the intelligence and knowledge that enables computing systems to provide personalised support to learners for the range of activities they engage in, individually or collaboratively.


Understanding how digital technologies and media affect educational practice, work, culture and society

ResearchWe are investigating and evaluating the cultural forms and modes of engagement between people and ideas that are fostered by the digital world, to understand the implications for formal and informal learning. We are designing technology and media-enhanced approaches to learning, including innovative uses of ambient, immersive and mobile technologies. We are exploring the differences between ënewí and ëolderí media. We are analysing how children and adults use media in different contexts and how they learn in and from these new environments.


Developing innovative methodologies for investigation of the use and effect of digital technologies

ResearchTo optimise the use of digital technologies for learning, we are developing and applying methodologies which match the complexity of a field that must use the science of human learning in order to inform the design and evaluation of digital environments and systems.




Research News

John Potter wins funded visiting fellowship to Monash University, Melbourne Print

John has won a month long visiting fellowship to Monash University in Melbourne where he will be working with former LKL colleague, Professor Neil Selwyn and other members of the Learning with New Media research group in the Faculty of Education under the direction of Associate Professor Michael Henderson.  Part of the visit will draw on John's expertise in media literacy/creative arts research in educational and cultural contexts, working as a catalyst for developing research capacity building at Monash in reaching out to organisations such as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and others. This visit will also centre on exchanging practice in innovative research methods, particularly around the use of video.  As a co-founder of the DARE Collaborative which works at LKL with a number of different arts organisations, John is also well placed to make further connections between institutions in Melbourne and London.  The visit will take place in late 2016 or early 2017 (dates to be confirmed).
Further information about the Learning with New Media Group is available at their home page.

ScratchMaths project supports computational and mathematical thinking through programming Print
ScratchMaths ScreenshotFunded by a £600k grant from the Educational Endowment Foundation, ScratchMaths is a design and evaluation that seeks to establish how the learning of computer programming in Scratch can improve mathematics at Key Stage 2, with a potential nationwide rollout. The project is led by Professor Richard Noss and Professor Dame Celia Hoyles, with Professor Ivan Kalas joining the LKL team from Comenius University Bratislava. See ScratchMaths project sheet for details.
New Wellcome Trust & Educational Endowment Foundation Project Print

wellcome_logo.jpgThe £1m unLOCKE project is jointly funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Educational Endowment Foundation and it aims to test the benefits of training pupils to suspend their pre-existing beliefs when solving mathematical or scientific questions, for example correcting the seemingly logical notion that a heavy object will fall faster than a light one. This project is a collaboration born out of the Centre of Educational Neuroscience, involving Prof Denis Mareschal as the Principal Investigator, Prof Michael Thomas and Dr Iroise Dumontheil from Birkbeck College Psychological Sciences and Dr Kaska Porayska-Pomsta, Prof Andy Tolmie, Dr Emily Farran and Sveta Mayer from the IOE.  The LKL, with Kaska Porayska-Pomsta as the lead, will be crucially responsible for implementing the intervention tasks using the computer platform and the virtual character that were developed as part of the ECHOES 2 and the SHARE-IT projects.

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