My current main area of research is concerned with the relationship between learning spaces and digital technologies. This includes writing about the postdigital learning spaces of higher education, the ways online students conceptualise the university, how students use sound to negotiate space for learning, and the impact of learning technologies upon the spatial and temporal configurations of the university.
I have also argued the case for multimodal feedback around assessment, explored how digital technologies and mobile learning can help us to understand our urban surroundings, and have proposed music playlists as an ethnographic method.
I am a co-author of the Manifesto for Teaching Online and I run the Elektronisches Lernen Muzik project where the relationship between music and learning is explored through playlists.
At the current time (Autumn 2023), I am course organiser for the postgraduate courses Learning Spaces and Digital Technologies, Education and Digital Culture and The Future of Learning Organisations.
I am supervising PhD projects that explore the educational possibilities of sound, and am keen to hear from prospective PhD candidates looking to undertake research in this area, as well as projects that explore the relationship between learning spaces and digital technologies.
Before all of this I was assistant director at Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools where I helped young people from non-traditional backgrounds to access higher education.
Dr James Lamb