Digital Learning Lab
The Digital Learning Lab (DLL), part of Princeton University’s McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, is a technology-rich teaching space in the Lewis Science Library building. The contact number for the Digital Learning Lab is 609-258-6073.
Featuring 20+ student specialists and three full-time staff members with graduate degrees in higher education and decades of experience working with academic technology, McGraw Center's DLL provides a flexible space for interdisciplinary conversations around effective teaching and successful learning with multimedia tools and workflows. The DLL actively supports courses with unconventional formats, innovative course assignments, and/or co-curricular digital learning components.
The DLL is, at its core, a room full of high-end computers optimized for multimedia projects. Each machine features a curated slate of software tools for multimedia projects such as audio and video editing, graphic design, data visualization, 3-D modeling, and website development. The DLL also has two audio recording booths for voice-over narration and music production.
Although technology is critical to multimedia work, the DLL is distinguished on campus for its conceptual focus on teaching and learning with these tools.
Faculty from history, political science, ecology and evolutionary biology, engineering, Spanish, urban studies, and more have integrated DLL resources into their classes. By partnering with faculty to design learning experiences, and providing a space to experiment, the Digital Learning Lab helps students build a variety of skillsets, from audio editing and video production to storytelling, visualization, databases, and community outreach.
Support is also a key strength of the McGraw Center's DLL. Student staff, called DLL Specialists, develop instructional materials and help their peers develop hands-on creative skills needed for their classes, research or careers beyond Princeton. Students work in the DLL not only because its computers are optimized for multimedia projects but also because help is available via one-on-one consultations, workshops, and a resident community of peer educators.
The DLL also seeks out collaborations to build instructional opportunities, such as the 2016-17 design workshop series taught by graduate students from the School of Architecture. As a result of our ongoing partnership with Julian Street Library in Wilson College, Princeton students can work interchangeably in both places.