Teaching in the Digital Learning Lab

The Digital Learning Lab (DLL), is the McGraw Center's technology-rich teaching space in the Lewis Science Library building.

Featuring about 20 student specialists and three full-time staff members with advanced degrees in higher education and decades of experience working with academic technologies, the DLL provides a flexible space for interdisciplinary dialogues around digital pedagogy, and teaching and learning with technology. As a McGraw Center classroom committed to effective teaching and successful learning using multimedia tools, the DLL actively supports courses with unconventional formats, innovative course assignments, and/or co-curricular digital learning components.

Faculty from many disciplines at Princeton have integrated the DLL’s resources into their courses. By partnering with faculty to design learning experiences, and virtual spaces to experiment, the Digital Learning Lab helps students build a variety of skill sets, from audio editing and video production to storytelling, visualization, websites, databases, and public speaking/exhibition.

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/app development. The DLL also has an audio recording booth for voiceover narration and music production.

The DLL also has an audio recording booth for voiceover narration, music production, and screencast creation.

Although technology is critical to multimedia work, the DLL is distinguished on campus for its focus on teaching and learning.  Students work in the DLL not only because the space is optimized for multimedia projects but also because help is available via one-on-one consultations, workshops, and a resident community of peer educators. Student staff, or DLL Specialists, teach workshops, develop instructional materials and help their peers develop hands-on creative skills needed for their classes, research or careers beyond Princeton.

The DLL also seeks out collaborations to build instructional opportunities, such as the design workshop series for undergraduates taught by graduate students from the School of Architecture.  As a result of our partnership with Julian Street Library in Wilson College, students can work interchangeably in both places.

Work with the DLL