The learning lab has been developed as a dynamic, malleable space that can support a range of projects, developments and activities focused on advancing pedagogic research and practice at the university.
Located within An Lòchran at the Inverness Campus, the Learning Lab is central to the activities of the Learning and Teaching Academy and Educational Development Unit. The learning lab is also a facility that colleagues from across the university can use to undertake their own pedagogic research and development activities, and which provides a space for a range of education related workshops and events.
The lab is equipped with a range of educational tools and technologies. It can be configured to simulate or support learning and teaching in classroom, blended and online contexts, and to support research in current and emerging areas of educational practice including interactive classroom approaches, distributed networked learning, games-based learning, and immersion in simulated virtual environments to undertake their own pedagogic research and development activities, and which provides a space for a range of education related workshops and events.
The lab is also equipped to support observational research and evaluation activities both ‘on site’ and remotely, and to provide a space for professional development activities and events (including teaching observations, practical workshops, and the prototyping and testing of pedagogic interventions, methods and educational resources by staff and students).
Forthcoming events being hosted in the Learning Lab include a meeting and symposium of the ELESIG (Evaluation of Learners' Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group) Scotland.