iLab:Learn is a laboratory for developing appropriate educational applications of digital technology. It is a conceptual as well as physical space for staff and students at Newcastle University. We also work closely with a number of partners from the local communities in the North East of England to national and international collaborators and partners who share a passion for digital technology and learning in all forms.


The installations housed in iLab:Learn and which are also taken into different educational settings  include multi-touch and pen-based tabletops and an instrumented kitchen for task-based language learning.



How did iLab:Learn come about?

iLab:Learn grew out of collaborations between academic staff in the school of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, ECLS (David Leat, Paul Seedhouse, Sugata Mitra, Sue Pattison) and those in the school of Computing Science, CS (Patrick Olivier).

The idea of  an ‘iLab’ came about through the Digital Institute‘s initiative to support and promote the research, development and application of digital technologies within Newcastle University’s research. iLab:Learn is one of the first two iLabs to be established by HASS schools within the Digital Institute’s ‘Digital Culture Network’ alongside iLab:Museum.

iLab:Learn Mission Statement

• To combine: ECLS expertise in pedagogy theory, methods and practice with Computing Science expertise in web-based technologies, pervasive computing and situated interaction, particularly of those working within the interaction design and ubiquitous computing research group at Culture Lab.

• To develop a distinctive program of technology enhanced learning research that exploits social computing, pervasive computing and situated interaction technologies and applications.

• To use theory and practice to motivate, develop and evaluate technology enhanced learning.

• To undertake world-class research in both Education and Computer Science.