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Welcome to the Learning Sciences Research Institute

We conduct research into the cognitive, social and cultural aspects of learning, to enhance education through the design of innovative technologies and environments for learners.

The LSRI brings together staff expertise from the founding Schools of Computer Science, Education and Psychology, as well as links to other disciplines, under the Academic Director, Professor Shaaron Ainsworth.
The LSRI is a centre of excellence for research in the learning sciences. Research at the Institute explores the fundamental processes and practices of learning, including how to design new technologies to enhance human learning and interaction. The LSRI brings together staff from the Schools of Computer Science, Education, and Psychology, as well as expertise from other disciplines. The table below summarises their areas of academic interests as they might relate to research collaborations or doctoral supervision:

Who are we?

Shaaron Ainsworth Education Representational Learning and Technology Enhanced Learning
Peter Blanchfield Computer Science Use of computer games in Education
Tim Brailsford Computer Science Multimedia and IT in Higher Education, and distance learning
Charles Crook Education Social media & collaboration.  Cultural psychology of education
Pryce Davis Education Learning in informal settings. Public engagement with science.
Tony Fisher Education Design of ICT for learning, and teacher professional development
Colin Harrison Education Literacy and technology
Colin Higgins Computer Science Courseware for teaching and metrics for automated assessment
Jane Medwell Education Teaching in initial teacher education
Pete Sorensen Education Teacher education, professional development, ICT & new teachers
Sarah Speight Education Sustainability, employability, Higher Education pedagogy, e-learning
Claire O'Malley Psychology Collaborative learning, problem-solving, and HCI
Mary Oliver Education Science education