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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

Invitation to join the EYE FP7 EC project.

EYE is funded under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). The aim of the EYE project is to produce breakthrough research by building a lasting European community of high potential partners that are able to generate radical new ideas.
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Carl has been awarded a 2014 Winston Churchill Fellowship.

Carl has been awarded a 2014 Winston Churchill Fellowship. The project entitled “Experience (Re)Design Tools to Improve Social and Cultural Skills’ has been chosen under the Science, Technology and Innovation strand. The core problem that Carl will address is how to (re)design a workable balance between digital and analogue modes of interaction. The younger generations who are growing up almost exclusively in the digital world are largely not being exposed to essential analogue social and communication skills. Without thoughtful design, digital interventions are simply distracting people from meaningful engagement with the cultural objects and social situations that they are actually designed to augment. Carl will be based at Keio University working with Professor Masahiko Inami who is an expert on amongst other things hybrid reality, digital transparency and X-Ray vision. Many thanks to Adrian David Cheok for the mentoring and Cristina Miranda de Almeida and Rosemary Jane Stott for being the referees. 

Keynote Invitation to CAC.4 –Computer Art Congress.

Carl has have been invited as one of the prominent keynotes on behalf of the organization team of the CAC.4 –Computer Art Congress - computer art & design for all, taking place September 1 -3rd 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil . The 4th edition of CAC is organized with the collaboration of NANO LAB  supported by the Graduate Program in Visual Arts, at the School of Fine Arts of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

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