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Digital Learning Laboratory

Digital technologies are increasingly being used across the education sector, but are we embracing their full potential to enhance educational practice and innovate the learning experience? Our research focuses on how we can reimagine education by using digital technology in transformational ways, and how we can equip our learners and educators with the skills, confidence and expertise to use these technologies. A second strand of our work focuses on enriching computer science education across the sector.

“Technology can become the ‘wings’ that will allow the educational world to fly further and faster than ever before – if we allow it” Jenny Arledge

The Digital Learning Lab focuses on research that combines technology and education. This includes digital literacy, games for learning and technology enabled learning.

With digital technologies increasingly being used across the education sector, have we really embraced their potential to enhance educational practice and transform the learning experience? Our research focuses on how we can reimagine education by using digital technology in transformational ways and how to equip our learners and their tutors with the skills, confidence and expertise to use technology in transformational ways.

We are interested in exploring how digital technologies can:

  • Provide education anytime and anyplace, opening up access to education;
  • Enhance the educational experience through play and enjoyment leading to greater engagement and active learning;
  • Enable an individualised, personalised and safe learning experience;
  • Offer virtual and immersive experiences, not readily available in a real life educational setting
  • All these must be underpinned by a strong pedagogical approach.
  • A strand of our work also focuses on computer science education: how can we provide the most effective learning experience for our computer and information science students?

Recent research has been supported by funding from the European Union (EU) Tempus Programme, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), British Council, British Telecom, Amazing Grace School, Nigeria and the Paul Hamlyn Trust.

Our partners include British Library, Spanish University for Distance Education (UCED); Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine; Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Nigeria; and Newcastle City Council.

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This group is a part of the University’s multi-disciplinary research into the theme of Human and Digital Design.

Research from this group was submitted to REF2028 under UoA 11: Computer Science and Informatics.

To view research papers emanating from this group, please click here to view Northumbria Research Link, our open access repository of research output from Northumbria University.

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Computer and Information Sciences at Northumbria University encompasses all of our work in computer science, games, animation and digital visual effects, computer forensics and security, network technology, website development, library management and information sciences.


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Computer and Information Sciences students learn from the best – inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject. Our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

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