LSE 2020 Students' views on the future of technology for learning


Launched in 2016, the LSE 2020 project seeks to discuss, debate and engage with students about what teaching and learning with technology could look like at LSE in 2020.

In Phase I., many students argued that they ‘don’t know what they don’t know’, supporting the need for exposure to new and innovative teaching practices in order to expand their experiences (“I don’t think we understand what we are missing out on in any way because […] we don’t know what technology is available and how it is changing.”Further details from phase one can be found on our specific web page and you can find a copy of the final report here.

Phase II. built upon the findings of phase one, to focus on how students use specific ‘technology’ in their personal, academic and professional lives. One of the insights from Stage 1 was that students despite having devices in front of them never mentioned them when asked about technology preferring to focus on the technology we use in the classroom. Stage 2 is looking at how they use what we provide (Moodle, Lecture Capture, Assessment) and how they use what they bring. We want to look at the ‘myths’ around using technology in lectures and build a picture of what modern learning with technology looks like at the LSE. This is a really exciting project directly aligned to hearing what the students have to tell us, learning from them and engaging them in the co-production of policy. 

Phase III. aims to answer two main questions: How and why do students use technology during lectures, seminars, classes, and office hours? These two topics were deconstructed into sub-questions to form part of the data collection process.

Method and Findings

At its core, LSE 2020 is about taking an active approach to tackling critical issues with students. We do this by starting conversations. We listen and we ask questions. The project has developed organically, based on what we have heard from students across the university. LSE 2020 will continue into 2017/18; and beyond. Active dialogue with students strengthens the LSE community, and as we shall find in this report, social connections and connectivity are the essence of phase two LSE 2020.


See the findings on videos produces for each phase on the separate sub-pages.

Looking ahead

You can follow progress via the #LSE2020 and monitoring this page for updates.