Birkbeck University of London Knowledge Lab | Research | What is the potential for new technologies to inform the pedagogies and practice of learning and to transform education?

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What is the potential for new technologies to inform the pedagogies and practice of learning and to transform education?


Learning takes place in formal and informal contexts, in the workplace, in transitions between education and work, and throughout life Informed by pedagogic theory and practice, we investigate critically the roles and influences of digital technologies in individual, group, community and organisational learning.

Working in interdisciplinary teams comprising computer scientists, educationalists, psychologists, teachers and other practitioners, we employ Artificial Intelligence techniques – including learner modelling, adaptive systems, connectionist networks, machine learning, reasoning under uncertainty, natural language processing, affective computing, audio-visual processing and recommender systems – to design and evaluate tools that aim to provide personalised support and guidance to learners and learning communities in creating rich learning experiences.

We research into the use of learning analytics and information visualisation techniques to support teachers and tutors, particularly when introducing digital technologies into exploratory learning environments such as educational games, microworlds, simulators and virtual labs, where their role is that of 'facilitator' or 'coach'.