Exploring media, technology and communication in the digital age
Director: Professor Allison Littlejohn
We design and evaluate digital innovations and research learning and social practice in the digital world with stakeholders across the public and private sector.
We focus on:
- Digital learning technologies
- Technology enhanced communication and collaboration
- Digital making, media and play
- Discourse, technology and the body
- Digital ethics, inclusion and diversity
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 Allison Littlejohn
- Richard Noss, Professor of Mathematics Education
- Alison Clark-Wilson, Principal Research Associate
- Andrea Gauthier, Research Fellow
- Andrew Burn, Professor of English, Media and Drama
- Asimina Vasalou, Senior Lecturer in Learning with Digital Technology
- Brigitta Zics, Associate Professor of Digital Media
- Bruno De Paula, Lecturer in Digital Media Production
- 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
- Hakan Ergul, Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies
- Jeff Bezemer, Professor of Communication
- Jennifer Rode, Senior Lecturer Education and Technology
- John Potter, Professor of Media in Education
- John Twycross, Lecturer in 3D Animation
- Kate Cowan, Research Associate
- Kaska Porayska-Pomsta, Reader in Adaptive Technologies for Learning
- Kerstin Leder Mackley, Research Associate
- Kit Logan, Learning Technology Fellow
- Laura Benton, Research Officer
- Manolis Mavrikis, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Analytics in Education
- Martin Oliver, Professor of Education and Technology
- Michelle Cannon, Lecturer in Media Education
- Mutlu Cukurova, Associate Professor
- Ned Barker, Senior Research Fellow
- Nikoleta Giannoutsou, 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
- Sara Hawley, Senior Teaching Fellow
- 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
- Youhong Peng, Lecturer in MA Media Production
- Evy Samuelsson, Projects Administration
- Fatiha El-Ghorri, Programme Administration
- Ronan Haughton, Programme Administration
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: digital learning technologies; technology enhanced communication and collaboration; digital making, media and play; discourse, technology and the body; digital ethics, inclusion and diversity.
The UCL Knowledge Lab researches digital technologies for learning, media and communication.
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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 our 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.
The In-Touch team, UCL Knowledge Lab Music is a part of our everyday lives: many song lyrics both ‘touch’ us and tell stories of our tactile relationships with one another. The interdisciplinary InTouch Project at UCL explores the social implications of digital technology for touch communication. As a fun side-project the team has compiled a Touch […]
Celia Hoyles. The Covid-19 pandemic is raising public anxiety not just about the virus but about the maths being used to explain how it spreads and how it can be controlled. What is the so-called R value? What do we mean by “flattening the curve”? And if people were not confused enough, what are we […]
A few words in the OFSTED framework could help boost the digital skills children need for learning outside of school
Sara Hawley. While the pandemic continues and individual pupils, groups or classes stay home self-isolating, the DFE has made remote learning part of schools’ legal duty for now. OFSTED has suspended routine inspections but is carrying out interim visits (without grading schools) to understand the lay of the land. Yesterday, Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman published […]
Education and Covid-19: five needs that must be met to provide vital learning lifelines for children and teachers
Vagner-Xaruto / Pixabay Rose Luckin. The latest reports from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) have some interesting lessons for the UK as we all try to ensure that pandemic compliant teaching and learning are effective wherever they happen: at home, at school on the bus or in the park. Yes, the data is […]