Institute of Education/University of London

The Institute of Education (IOE) is the UK’s leading centre for studies in education and related disciplines. The IOE is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research intensive UK universities, committed to promoting excellence in university research and teaching. The IOE’s international reach extends to some 100 countries. Through research, consultancy and collaborative partnerships it connects with governments, international and national agencies, institutions and organisations in every continent. Its international strategy is focused on a commitment to research and scholarship that has a global perspective; international partnerships that bring mutual benefit; with partners in developing countries to find ways, through education, to achieve the Millennium Development Goals; responsible and sustainable international student recruitment; an internationalised curriculum; and a strong international network of alumni. The IOE is a founding member of the International Alliance of Leading Education Institutes. More than 1,000 overseas students enrol at the start of every academic year, joining 5,500 home students to form a culturally diverse learning community.

The IOE conducts over one-third of all education research in the UK, and over 40 per cent of research funded by the research councils in the field. In 2007–08, the IOE was more successful than any other university institution in securing funding from the research councils. The IOE topped the league tables of the UK’s Research Assessment Exercise 2008 in education research in both quality and quantity (this assessment takes place once in 7 years). Its performance places it in the top 10 of leading research universities and sixth across the social sciences as a whole. The Institute’s profile from the RAE shows 35 per cent of the work entered judged to be world leading (4*), with nearly all of international significance. The results show that the IOE has more than twice as many world-leading (4*) scholars in education as any other UK university and over one-third of its 200+ researchers are at the global cutting edge. More IOE research staff submitted their work to the RAE than researchers in any other university department in the field (218 full-time equivalent staff). The DIGIT-M-ED cooperation will be led by the London Knowledge Lab.

London Knowledge Lab

The London Knowledge Lab is a centre of the Institute of Education dedicated to a) understanding the place of digital technologies and media in cultural, social and educational relationships with knowledge – finding, acquiring, creating, and sharing it; b) designing, building and evaluating systems, processes and interfaces that enhance these relationships; and c) examining critically the assumptions about knowledge and learning that underlie the increasingly wide range of applications of digital technologies. The London Knowledge Lab brings together computer and social scientists from a very broad range of fields, including: education, sociology, culture and media, semiotics, computational intelligence, and information management. Members of the LKL have authored numerous books and papers in leading journals on technology and learning, most recently Jewitt (2010) Routledge Handbook of Multimodal Analysis; Luckin (2010) Re-Designing Learning Contexts; Hoyles (2010) Mathematics Education and Technology: Rethinking the Terrain; Selwyn (2010) Education and Technology: Key Issues and Debates.

The following colleagues from the London Lab are associated with the DIGIT-M-ED project:

Carey Jewitt

Jeff Bezemer

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