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The major research theme of LTRI is Designing for Informal and Lifelong Learning (DILL), which focuses on an investigation of the mediating power of social media, mobile devices, and more generally Technology Enhanced Learning, for social justice and learning. Over the past five years LTRI and the London Mobile Learning Group (LMLG) have developed a body of literature and project outcomes upon which they base the following six guiding principles for thinking about the use of social media and mobile devices for social justice and learning (see for details and related publications):

Six Principles for Thinking about the Use of Social Media and Mobile Devices for Social Justice and Learning
1. It is a democratic right to have equity of access to cultural resources (widely defined).
2. Mobile phones are new cultural resources that operate within an individualised, mobile and convergent mass communication system.
3. Users are actively engaged in ‘generating’ their own content and contexts for learning. This principle is summarised as ‘user-generated contexts’.
4. Appropriation is the key for the recognition of mobile devices (as well as the artefacts accessed through and produced with them) as cultural resources in and across different cultural practices of use, in particular everyday life and formal education.
5. There is a significant potential for the use of social media and mobile devices in informal, professional, work-based learning. Talk 1 slides on Principle 5 are available at: or view below.

6. Social media and mobile devices can be used to design transformative, augmented contexts for learning. The slides on Principle 6 are available at:

The Institute's research is supported by a range of funded research projects - see research

Latest News

Invite to participate in an international research workshop in Hamburg. LTRI's Carl Smith was invited to Hamburg for meetings with the Ministry of Culture, UNESCO and Government officials. This is a follow up to the international research workshop on Culture, Computers & Communications which took place at Birkbeck in February this year. The focus of the discussions is based around instruments and strategies for digital access to cultural heritage and preparing an Eculture bid for horizon 2020 (FP8). Partners from Hamburg, Florence, Oslo, Copenhagen and London are represented. The workshop took place on Monday 17th to 19th June, 2013.welcomed Jorge Aguado, from the Ministry of Education of Buenos Aires, Argentina on the 30th January. Carl presented recent EU work and talked about the latest technologies and their likely impact and application within the field of learning science. LTRI were amongst additional visits to MIT and UCL - who were also consulted during the tour made by the Ministry.

LTRI are partners in several EC-funded projects More details in research

In the UK Universities Research Assessment Exercise LTRI made a significant input to the Education Unit of Assessment at London Met where half the outputs are rated as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*)

Latest publication
Smith, C. (2012). (Re)Engineering Cultural Heritage Contexts using Creative Human Computer Interaction Techniques and Mixed Reality Methodologies. Full paper accepted for the Third International Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction, Tourism and Cultural Heritage (HCITOCH 2012): Strategies for a Creative Future with Computer Science, Quality Design and Communicability (Venice, Italy. September 27–28, 2012)

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