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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 

2020 - 22   Partner in the ‘60 Year Curriculum Applied Research Agenda’ project, Harvard University.

Educational Research Forum: 'Developing a future agenda for educational research', British Academy/Royal Society, 26 Nov.
‘The Future of Learning: human and digital networks’, presentation to Royal Society workshop on Human Transformation, Royal Society, 27 Feb.

2018          Membership of Roundtable policy discussions on 
‘Learning in a world with AI and digital technology’, Royal Society and Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy, 17 July. 
                  ‘Technologies for Learning’, Council for Science and Technology: Expert Workshop, BEIS, 13 July.
‘Online Learning’, Department for Education 02 July.
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 Summary

Leading research projects on:
  • developing the Learning Designer suite of tools and online community for teachers and trainer.
  • adaptive games apps for learners with low numeracy and dyscalculia.
  • the use of MOOCs for professional development courses, and as a research tool, to tackle the most education challenges of UN SDG4 for universal education, and for improving students' learning experiences and outcomes in the most challenging education contexts.
Current research:
2017 - 25: 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 - 23: Co-PI on 'The transformative potential of MOOCs' at the Centre for Global HE (UCL-IOE), funded by ESRC.
2017 - 22: 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

Teaching Summary

Current supervision for 6 part-time doctoral students, and 2 MPhil/PhD students as co-supervisor

Current large-scale online courses for teacher professional development

2021 - Lead Educator on ‘Blended and Online Learning Design’, FutureLearn, UCL-IOE.
2021 - Educator on 'Sustainable Energy Access for Communities', FutureLearn and Edraak (Arabic), for RELIEF Centre/UCL Engineering for Development Centre
2020 - Co-Lead Educator on ‘Teaching Online: Be Ready Now’, Edraak (Arabic), for GCRF-funded RELIEF Centre, UCL/Lebanese University
2019 - Co-Lead Educator on ‘Transformative Education in Challenging Environments’, FutureLearn and Edraak, for GCRF-funded RELIEF Centre, UCL/ Lebanese American University.
2019 - Co-Lead Educator on ‘Community Based Research’, FutureLearn and Edraak, for GCRF-funded RELIEF Centre, UCL-IOE
2017 - Co-Lead Educator on ‘Blended Learning Essentials' Expert track, FutureLearn, for Ufi/ UCL/ University of Leeds

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