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Prof Diana Laurillard
UCL Knowledge Lab
23-29 Emerald St
Tel: (+44) 07789111965
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  • Chair of Learning with Digital Technologies
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

Recent appointments

2005 -        Chair of Learning with Digital Technologies, UCL Knowledge Lab

2002 - 05    Head of the e-Learning Strategy Unit, Department for Education and Skills.

1998 - 02    Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning Technologies and Teaching), Open University

1995 - 98    Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Technology Development), Open University

1995 - 02    Professor of Educational Technology, Open University 

Academic honours

2020    Lifetime Achievement Award, The E-Assessment Association
2016    Honorary Life Membership of the Association for Learning Technology
2015    Honorary Member of the Club Fondation Universitaire, Belgium
2014    Honorary Doctor of Education, Edinburgh Napier University

2005    Honorary DSc, University of Brighton

2003    Honorary Fellow of University College, London

2002    Honorary DPhil, Open University of the Netherlands

2001    Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

1998    Honorary DSc, University of Abertay.

Recent public service and academic positions

2014-15   Education Technology Action Group for DfE/BIS

2015-       Evidence to HE Commission on 'The use of data in HE', House of Commens, July.

2014-18   Education Advisory Board for Climate KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community).
2014-15   Education Technology Action Group for DfE/BIS
2014-15   Thinker in Residence, Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts, Brussels
2013-16   Further Education Learning Technology Action Group for BIS (Minister for Skills)
2012-15   Vice Chair, Chair, and President of the Association for Learning Technology.
2010-11   Royal Society Working Group on Educational Neuroscience.
2010-18   Board of Trustees, Learning Foundation, UK.
2009-13   Supervisory Board, Fern Universitat, Hagen, Germany
2003-13   Governing Board, UNESCO Institute of IT in Education

Most recent book is Teaching as a Design Science, Routledge, 2012. Previous book, Rethinking University Teaching, Routledge, 2002, is one of the most widely cited in the field.

Research Groups
Research Summary

Leading research projects on:
  • developing the Learning Designer suite of tools and online community for teachers and trainers
  • adaptive games apps for learners with low numeracy and dyscalculia
  • the use of MOOCs for professional development courses, and as a research tool
Current research:
2017 - 22: Co-I on 'Future Education' at the Refugees, Education, Learning, Information technology, and Entrepreneurship for the Future (RELIEF) Centre, based in the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, funded by ESRC
2017 - 2020: Consultant on 'Translational specifications of neural-informed game-based interventions for mathematical cognitive development of low-progress learners', funded by the National Research Foundation, Singapore
2017 - 20: Co-I on 'Designing for Personalisation and Inclusion with Technologies, funded by Erasmus
2017 - 19:  PI on 'Building teacher community knowledge of blended learning' funded by Beijing Normal University
2017 - 20: Co-PI on 'The transformative potential of MOOCs' at the Centre for Global HE (UCL-IOE), funded by ESRC
2016 - 2019: Consultant on 'Digital Learning for Development', funded by Foundation for IT Education and Development Inc,.
2015 - 18: Advisor for EU MENTEP project on peer review for teaching competency framework, funded by EUN Partnership

Teaching Summary

Supervision of 6 doctoral students, and co-supervision of 2 MPhil/PhD students.

Current courses:

  • Co-lead educator for 'Transforming Education in Challenging Contexts' on FutureLearn (and Edraak, in Arabic), and on 'Community Based Research', also on both platforms.
  • Lead educator for FutureLearn MOOCs on Blended Learning Essentials:
  • Getting Started
  • Embedding Practice
  • Developing Digital Skills
  • Supporting Apprenticeships
Recent courses:
  • module leader for MA in Education and Technology: Key Issues and Debates module;
  • contributions to modules on
  • MA in Innovation and Change in Higher and Professional Education (New technologies in HE)
  • MA in Issues in Educational Neuroscience: Atypical development and the challenges for educational intervention
  • lead educator on a Coursera MOOC on 'ICT in Primary Education: Transforming children's learning across the curriculum'

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