Institute of Education


Seminar series

The UCL Knowledge Lab monthly seminar series provides a showcase and platform for debate across the six broad strands of our work, including:

  1. Smart technologies
  2. Coding and creativity
  3. Multimodal interaction
  4. Playful learning and games
  5. Designing for diversity
  6. Digital cultures and media literacy

Follow the talks online via Twitter with #UCLKLtalks. Past seminars are available online at UCL Media Central; search for 'Knowledge Lab'.


Unless otherwise stated, seminars are held at 12:30-13:30 at the UCL Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald Street, WC1N 3QS. They are followed by tea, coffee and informal discussions until 14:00.

The seminars are free to attend and all are welcome. For booking instruction for non-UCL attendees, please view the individual event pages below.

Details of the 2018-2019 series are below. Alternatively, follow UCL Knowledge Lab on Twitter or subscribe to our seminar mailing list.

Seminar series 2018-2019

DateTitleSpeakerSeminar recordings
Wednesday 26 September 2018Supporting learning of social-emotional competencies with technologyDr Petr Slovak (UCL Interaction Centre)Watch it again on UCL MediaCentral
Wednesday 17 October 2018 *starts at 3:30pm*Young people’s digital practices: the question of generativityDr Rebecca Eynon (Oxford Internet Institute / Department of Education, University of Oxford)N/A
Wednesday 14 November 2018Computing in primary school: Setting out for a systematic approachProfessor Ivan Kalaš (Comenius University, Slovakia)Watch it again on UCL MediaCentral
Wednesday 5 December 2018Game design and learning experiencesDr Nikoleta Giannoutsou (UCL Knowledge Lab)Watch it again on UCL MediaCentral
Wednesday 30 January 2019UCL EDUCATE: Understanding and improving the London EdTech ecosystemKim Issroff and Katie Parker (UCL Knowledge Lab)Watch it again on UCL MediaCentral
Wednesday 27 February 2019

Designing for non-visual geography

Emiline Brulé (University of Sussex)

Watch it again on UCL MediaCentral
Wednesday 20 March 2019Intimate Data: postgenomics and neuro-technologies of precision education

Ben Williamson (University of Edinburgh)

Watch it again on UCL MediaCentral
Thursday 11 April 2019Technology enhanced learning at Great Ormond Street: the place of education in a digitising hospitalSimon Blackburn (Great Ormond Street Hospital) 
Wednesday 22 May 2019

AI programming by children and a case study using AI in a medical training game

Dr Ken Kahn and Dr Niall Winters (University of Oxford) 
Wednesday 26 June 2019Communication in non-speaking children with physical disabilities: design-oriented researchSeray Ibrahim (UCL Knowledge Lab)  

Past seminars

DateTitleSpeakerSeminar recordings
Wednesday 31 January 2018A magical noun: thinking critically about 'creativity'Dr Mark Readman (Bournemouth University)Video on UCL MediaCentral (open access)
Tuesday 20 February 2018Virtual play as event: engaging with potentiality in on and off screen meaning-makingCathy Burnett and Guy Merchant
(Language and Literacy Education Research Group, Sheffield Hallam University)
Wednesday 7 March 2018CancelledRebecca Eynon
(Oxford Internet Institute / Department of Education, University of Oxford)
Wednesday 18 April 2018Digital media, culture and education: theorising third space literaciesJohn Potter (UCL Knowledge Lab) and Julian McDougall (Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth University)Video on UCL MediaCentral (open access)
Wednesday 23 May 2018*
starts at 1:30pm
Data mining for performance assessment and adaptive intelligent tutoring of scientific inquiryJanice Gobert (Rutgers University)Video on UCL MediaCentral (open access)
Tuesday 12 June 2018Designing an engaging, multi-lingual, personalised and adaptive reading game for childrenLaura Benton (UCL Knowledge Lab) and Drew Wilkins (Fish in a Bottle)Video on UCL MediaCentral (open access)


DateTitleSpeakerSeminar recordings
Wednesday 25 October 2017Slowly scaling up from "proof-of-concept" in robotics for Autism: the DE-ENIGMA projectAlyssa Alcorn
(CRAE, UCL Institute of Education)
Video on UCL MediaCentral (open access)
Tuesday 21 November 2017Working towards a comprehensive instructional framework for CSCL supportNikol Rummel
(Institute of Education Research, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum)
Video on UCL MediaCentral (open access)
Wednesday 13 December 2017Creativity and crafting with tactile technologies: a different take on accessibilityJanet Van Der Linden
(Department of Computing and Communications, Open University)