A celebration of 21st century learning

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A centre of excellence for research into learning has its official opening at The University of Nottingham on Friday, November 7.

The Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI) conducts cutting-edge research into the cognitive, social and cultural aspects of learning, to enhance education through the design of innovative environments and technologies for learners.

It is the first centre for research in the learning sciences to be founded in Europe.

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Bringing together academics from the Schools of Computer Science, Education, Psychology, and other disciplines, the LSRI aims to be one of the world’s leading centres for research into the fundamental processes of learning.


Technology, such as mobile computing and mixed reality to distance learning, location-aware services, and virtual worlds, is playing an ever-increasing role in 21st century. The LSRI is carrying out research to explore the future of learning in a world of instant communications and global social networking.


The celebrations will begin in the Exchange Building, Jubilee Campus, at 3pm, with a hands-on showcase of the Institute’s research and a demonstration of the Labs’ facilities.


Highlights include a “journey into the labyrinth”, opportunities to explore learning processes, an immersive world and new technologies for learning and the chance to talk to researchers in the field.


Following the exhibition, Professor Pea, distinguished learning scientist of Stanford University in the USA, will join with Professor Mike Sharples, Director of LSRI, and Professor David Riley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience, to carry out the opening of LSRI’s research labs and other facilities at 5pm.


This will be followed at 5:30pm with a guest lecture by Professor Pea.


Professor Pea’s lecture, ‘Fostering learning in the networked world’, will address the next decade of research on technology-enhanced learning at all age levels, taking in “…the combination of ‘always on’ mobile computing, location-aware services, open platform technologies, participatory media culture, immersive worlds and games, and increasingly open educational resources.”


Professor Sharples said: “The LSRI will lead research to explore learning and teaching for the 21st century.  The Opening Day is an opportunity to celebrate international partnerships in the learning sciences.”


For more information see the LSRI website at:



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The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.


It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy).


Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for four years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.


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More information is available from Professor Mike Sharples , Director, LSRI, University of Nottingham, on +44 (0)115 9513716, mike.sharples@nottingham.ac.uk

Tim Utton

Tim Utton - Deputy Director of Communications

Email: tim.utton@nottingham.ac.uk Phone: +44 (0)115 846 8092 Location: University Park

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