Visual Learning Lab



Read a selection of current and archive news items from the Visual Learning Lab


Visual Learning Lab after 31 July 2010

The HEFCE funding for the  Visual Learning Lab officially  comes to an end on 31 July 2010. After that date some VLL work will continue, but we won’t be able to offer the same level of response to enquiries. Please feel free to visit the website which will remain accessible after this date at  The website lists our publications and our key innovations including the VLL report ‘A Showcase of Innovations in Visual Learning’ – hard copies still  available on request.

We are extremely proud of the work produced by the Visual Learning Lab CETL, which has undertaken some hugely successful innovative research  with a wide range of partners. We trust that the legacy of our work will be a lasting inspiration to those who share our enthusiasm and belief in the value of visual learning both within the University of Nottingham and among those involved in education elsewhere.

I will continue to work in the School of Education so please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to collaborate on further research into visual learning.  My contact details are Telephone Number : 0115 8467201.

Professor Roger Murphy
Director of the Visual Learning Lab CETL
School of Education
University of Nottingham


CP-TLO work published in Nurse Education in Practice

The Clincial Pratcie Teaching and Learning Observatory project, funded by the Visual Learning Lab, has published an article in Nurse Education in Practice.

The online version of the article is here, available through institutional access.


Visual Learning Lab Celebration Lunch Friday 18 June 2010

The VLL hosted a Celebration Lunch on Friday 18 June to celebrate the VLL’s work and achievements throughout its five years as a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.  Roger Murphy, VLL Director, reflected on the work of the VLL and its strong partnerships across the University, with external technology partners and   with the East Midlands CETLs network.  Roger highlighted the great work of the VLL Core Team, the success of the VLL student intern’  initiative and the publication of the report ‘A Showcase of Innovations of Visual Learning’.

This event presented the opportunity to inform all present that the VLL has been awarded the Lord Dearing Award for Teaching and Learning which will be presented at the School of Education, Graduation Ceremony on 14 July 2010.


Visual Learning Lab Student Interns

The inside story on interns - an unsung success story by Professor Roger Murphy, VLL Director, appears in Exchange magazine, June 2010, p.10. Click here for the online version (PDF).

To see videos of some of the interns discussing their experiences, please visit our Interns page.


Lord Dearing Award for Teaching and Learning 2010

The Visual Learning Lab team has been awarded a Lord Dearing Award for Teaching and Learning.  The Lord Dearing Award Scheme recognises the outstanding achievements of University of Nottingham individuals or teams in enhancing the student learning experience.  A Lord Dearing Award is highly valued within the University of Nottingham and formally recognises the contribution the Visual Learning Lab team has made to the student learning environment.  




Katharina Lorenz on YouTube

Dr Katharina Lorenz talks about the importance of visual learning in relation to the study of Classics in the YouTube video What's the point of studying paintings in Pompeii?


View the video on YouTube here (external link).


Visual Learning Lab Final Report to HEFCE March 2010 

The Visual Learning Lab has now submitted its Final Report to HEFCE. This self-evaluation report reflects on the successes, achievements and difficulties experienced during the five years of this innovative CETLs project. Click here to access the report (PDF).


Visual Learning Lab Student Video Competition 2009-2010

‘The Student Experience at the University of Nottingham’ 

The Visual Learning CETL recently completed the first ever student video competition across all University of Nottingham campuses.  The aim of the competition was to promote the wider use of visual learning through encouraging students to develop the creative and technical skills involved in video production. 

The VLL was delighted to receive many entries from University of Nottingham students including some from the Malaysia and China campuses.  The competition certainly attracted a great deal of interest and discussion.

The entries represented a variety of images of student life and have now been judged. First Prize was awarded to “Learning at the University of Nottingham” (with puppet Pete) made by Aaron Calbreath-Frasieur and Leila Becker.  The video can be viewed here:



Other prize winners were:

Yu Xingu and Wu Di (University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China)

Xu Xiangyan, Tang Diyu and Chen Chen (University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China)

Shen Jie and Mukda Pratheepwatanawong (University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus)

The Visual Learning Lab would like to thank everyone who helped with the planning and marketing of this event and hope that a similar competition will be repeated in future years.


Student Video Competition   
There were some fantastic entries to the Visual Learning Lab Student Video Competition, covering a very broad range of styles and content.  Thanks to all of you who put in so much effort to make your entries look so professional.  Watch this space for news of the results in March 2010!

Five Years of Hard Work Pays Off!

The VLL has recently published its  Showcase of Innovations in Visual Learning.   The report looks at the past four years' work across the Faculties and draws out some learning and teaching outcomes.  It covers work in all five faculties, and on topics including videoconferencing in HE, video-making as a form of assessment, and School-wide visual technology initiatives. You can order a hard copy of downdload a copy here.    

VLL Interns Video a hit on You Tube

The Visual Learning Lab (VLL) employs a group of student interns, who as part of their work have recently produced a short video . The video collates student responses to the question What is visual learning?  It provides comments and viewpoints on existing teaching practice at the University and some suggestions for possible changes.

Transforming Higher Education through Technology

The HE Academy has just published the book "Transforming Higher Education Through Technology Enhanced Learning". A free digital download of the complete book as well as individual chapters is available (see )


The Big Draw

The VLL is this year supportied The Big Draw event, 'Body Sun Sand and Sea'. This was s a national campaign for drawing and has one aim: to get everyone drawing! Drawing helps us to think, invent and communicate – regardless of age and ability.

Funded Student Internships

Sunday 29 March 2009.  Following a successful launch of the Visual Learning Lab (VLL) internship scheme in 2008/9, the VLL is inviting University of Nottingham students to apply for such positions in 2009/10.

VLL/LSRI Research Studentship 2009

Wednesday 14 January 2009.  The VLL is offering a Research Studentships for 2009 in conjunction with the Learning Sciences Research Institute .  

The sponsored studentship will operate under the title Visual Learning in Higher Education . The studentship will focus upon the role of different types of visual representation, for example images, video, animations and multimedia, in student learning in higher education.

If you are interested in applying for this studentship, then please browse both our webpages and those of the LSRI. For more details on the application process, please visit the LSRI Studentships page .



The VLL in the news....

The VLL has appeared regularly in the University of Nottingham's Learning and Teaching quarterly The Hub , and in the 'News and Views' publication Exchange.   To view a selection of articles featuring their work, visit the Publications pages .


Students in an engineering lab



VLL project seminar



a protein modelled using new software



a slide showing the structure of a cell







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