Leading interdisciplinary digital research and design in education.
Interim Director: Professor Jeff Bezemer
Our mission is to understand and to develop digital technologies to support and transform education, and beyond.
Based on research evidence, we devise new pedagogies, design and implement innovative digital media and smart technologies for teaching and learning, and inform policymakers and educational stakeholders.
The UCL Knowledge Lab brings together experts with imagination and insight from across different disciplinary backgrounds to:
- undertake cutting edge research on digital media and technologies
- provide an innovative and exciting interdisciplinary range of postgraduate courses
- create empowering technologies for communication and learning that lower the barriers to knowledge and widen access
- incubate enterprise and achieve impact via partnerships with public sector, business and industry.
The UCL Knowledge Lab extends the legacy of the London Knowledge Lab.
The London Knowledge lab was led since 2004 by Professors Richard Noss and Alex Poulovassilis as a collaborative initiative between educators from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and computer scientists from Birkbeck, funded by the Science Research Investment Fund.
In 2016 the collaborative initiative ended and the UCL Knowledge Lab was established. Our common legacy includes over a decade of interdisciplinary research funded by ESRC, EPSRC, AHRC, EU, JISC among others; a variety of knowledge exchange and public engagement activities; and a distinctive postgraduate training programme.
- Our staff
- Professor Jeff Bezemer, Professor of Communication
- Richard Noss, Professor of Mathematics Education
- Alison Clark-Wilson, Principal Research Associate
- Andrew Burn, Professor of English, Media and Drama
- Asimina Vasalou, Senior Lecturer in Learning with Digital Technology
- Carey Jewitt, Professor of Learning and Technology
- Canan Blake, Research Associate
- Celia Hoyles, Professor of Mathematics Education
- Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies
- Diane Carr, Reader in Media and Cultural Studies
- Didem Özkul, Lecturer in Digital Media and Society
- Eileen Kennedy, Research Officer, Open-Mode Teaching
- Estibalaz Fraca, Research Associate
- Jeff Bezemer, Professor of Communication
- Jennifer Rode, Senior Lecturer Education and Technology
- John Potter, Reader in Media Education
- Kate Cowan, Research Associate
- Kaska Porayska-Pomsta, Reader in Adaptive Technologies for Learning
- Kerstin Leder Mackley, Research Associate
- Kim Issroff, Research Mentor
- Kit Logan, Learning Technology Fellow
- Kristen Weatherby, Research Mentor
- Laura Benton, Research Officer
- Manolis Mavrikis, Reader in Learning Technologies
- Martin Oliver, Professor of Education and Technology
- Michelle Cannon, Lecturer in Media Education
- Mutlu Cukurova, Lecturer in Digital Technologies in Education
- Nikoleta Giannoutsou, Research Associate
- Pablo Torres, Research Associate
- Phaedra Shanbaum, Lecturer in Media Arts Education
- Rhiannon Thomas, Research Associate
- Rose Luckin, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies
- Richard Noss, Professor of Mathematics Education
- Santiago de Ossorno Garcia, Research Mentor
- Sara Price, Professor of Digital Learning
- Selena Nemorin, Lecturer in Sociology of Digital Technology
- Terhi Korkiakangas, Post-doctoral Fellow
- Tim Neumann, Learning Technology Fellow
- Tunde Olatunj, Honorary Senior Research Associate
- Amy Brickhill, Projects Administration
- Ceri Sunu-Tawiah, EDUCATE Marketing Lead
- Cleo Fatoorehchi, EDUCATE Marketing Lead (Interim)
- Colin Seymour, EDUCATE Project Manager
- Dayo Ogunmuyiwa, EDUCATE Deputy Director
- Evy Samuelsson, Projects Administration
- Houtan Froushan (Consultant), EDUCATE Participant Liaison
- John Dinnewell, EDUCATE Project Coordinator
- Koby Yogaretnam, EDUCATE Business Lead
- Kriss Baird (Consultant), EDUCATE Business Mentor Coordinator
- Michele Sahiri, EDUCATE Project Coordinator
- Ronan Haughton, Programme Administration
- Rowland Wells, EDUCATE Project Coordinator
Study with us
Join us and carry out post-graduate Masters, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral research on the design, critique and implementation of digital media and technologies for education and beyond.
- Digital Media: Critical Studies MA
- Digital Media: Education MA
- Digital Media: Production MA
- Education and Technology MA
Doctoral and Post-Doctoral research
We have an active programme of teaching and support for doctoral students with experienced staff offering research supervision across a range of topics and research methods, including the design of smart technologies for teaching and learning, coding and creativity, multimodal interaction, playful learning and games, designing for diversity and digital culture and media literacy.
Our six research themes are:
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More about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes:
UCL Knowledge Lab is a leading interdisciplinary centre for the innovative study and design of digital media and technologies in diverse contexts.
We have substantial experience and expertise in carrying out consultancy and research projects for international, national, regional and local authorities and organisations including government departments, business and the IT sector, and voluntary organisations.
We can provide a range of consultancy services from one-day training or staff development initiatives to longer-term research and evaluation work. Examples:
- The Future Classroom Toolkit: Innovative Technologies for Engaging Classrooms (European Schoolnet)
- UK Scoping Report for the Further Education Online Academy (JISC).
- 2030 Vision for using learning technology for STEM (Royal Society)
- Piloting Media Assessment Framework (Scottish Qualifications Authority)
- The Home Access Programme Evaluation (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency)
- Automated Tutor Grading: 1 to 1 online tutoring to monitor tutor quality and learning outcomes (Third Space Learning)
- Evaluation of UK Online Paediatric care (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health)
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- Seminar series
The UCL Knowledge Lab runs a monthly series of seminars which provide a showcase and platform for debate across the six research themes.
The seminars are free to attend and are open to staff, students, alumni and the public. For booking instruction for non-UCL attendees, please view the individual event pages.