The learning landscape is changing. Future students will use more electronic media than traditional books. Research in this new part of the lab is expected to lead to new materials tailored to each child's ability and interest through a series of projects run by the The Lund Eye-tracking Group. Researchers will be using eye-tracking equipment to analyse how children learn things.
The digital classroom is housed in a former lecture room at the Humanities Laboratory. It is the largest and best equipped of its kind in the world and attracts researchers from many countries. It uses 25 eye-trackers to help gather data on how children solve various problems.
Scholars in the lab already cooperate with several schools and there is a great deal of interest in participating and using the digital classroom.
- We are at a defining moment in the development of teaching methods. Many of the future e-readers will have built-in eye-tracking equipment and it is important that we learn to exploit the opportunities offered, says Professor Kenneth Holmqvist, who is leading the Eye-tracking Group and is PI of the project Eye-learn.
The project has hosted an advanced study group at the Pufendorf Institute of Advanced Studies under the heading The Classroom of the Future (PDF).
The digital classroom was funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and Lund University Committee for Research Infrastructure.
You can also find an article about the Digital classroom here in Swedish: http://www.lu.se/article/digitala-klassrummet-ett-fullskalelabb-i-varldsklass