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Teaching with Technology

Offering a multimedia-focused classroom space, versatile support structure, and customized online tools, McGraw’s learning laboratory presents a unique opportunity to explore and experiment with digital pedagogy. DLL is staffed by McGraw’s Educational Technology group and founded on the idea that good technologies for teaching and learning are rooted in the same principles as sound pedagogy – encouraging creativity, exploration, discovery, and collaboration.

Multimedia Laboratory

Open seven days a week, Digital Learning Lab is a flexible classroom space optimized for teaching and learning with technology. To encourage social interaction and group discussion, class participants can share their screens wirelessly, with immersive stereo sound, via 150” laser projection or a portable 70” LCD screen. Large movable whiteboards bring presentations where you want them.  For group work, individual projects and class sessions, DLL offers an audio room, digitization room, fast Mac Pro computers, 27” Apple displays, a customized palette of multimedia software, and networked storage (DLL Drive).

“There are so many opportunities to incorporate technology in the classroom to enhance how faculty teach and how students learn. It is not about employing technologies simply as bells and whistles. It requires thinking hard about what we want students to learn and how technology can help achieve that.”

Rebecca Graves-Bayazitoglu
Director of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning

Support Structure

Working with the Digital Learning Lab means gaining a partner for your course. In our collaborations with classes, DLL staff aim to scaffold and enhance your teaching and learning course goals.

Typically, instructors meet with us early in the semester to design a strategy that addresses the goals in the syllabus and reserve the DLL for one or more class sessions. Professors may choose to teach these sessions themselves, but DLL staff are also available to lead seminars. Recent seminars include video production and editing, audio recording, digital narrative, digital mapping and timelines, and web development. Following the seminar(s), students continue to have access to the DLL to complete their digital assignments right up through Dean’s Date.

DLL is also a place where campus communities can engage in dialogues around digital tools, explore creative processes, and offer hands-on instruction. Students reserve the DLL for competitions, club gatherings, k-12 outreach, study sessions, tutoring, and workshops. DLL also stages a student-led multimedia workshop series each semester on topics of their choosing.

Jeff Himpele teaching ANT 455

Digital Tools & Platforms

In addition to the resources contained within our physical space (Lewis 130), Digital Learning Lab also works with faculty to effectively utilize existing digital tools or, when necessary, develop new tools to address teaching goals.  Our aim is to promote and develop approaches that are pedagogically effective, but also intuitive, sustainable, work well within the campus technology infrastructure, and are well-suited to the Princeton University community.

With blogs and other collaborative digital environments, we can help you build a community that extends beyond the walls of the classroom. Our McGraw Commons platform offers a wide range of customizable options for teaching and learning, such as blogs, wikis, and media curation tools.  Recent projects include course blogs enabling students to communicate, capture ideas and media, and map out location-specific details in journalism courses visiting Paris, Greece and Canada, and overseas study trips to China, Germany and France.

Depending on the pedagogical needs of the instructor, we also work with faculty to prototype, develop, and implement tailored applications for teaching and learning. For those faculty members who may be interested in developing custom teaching tools, the 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education may be a helpful resource.  The DLL often partners with recipients of this fund to plan and develop the technology aspects of their proposals, but an award is no way a prerequisite to collaborations with the Digital Learning Lab or with the McGraw Center.

Recent Collaborations

Fall 2018

  • Anthropology 455, Jeff Himpele – Introduction to Video Editing for Anthropology
  • Italian 108, Elisa Dossena – Introduction to Video Storytelling
  • Journalism 447, Kathleen McCleery –Video Editing for Journalism – course website
  • Urban Studies 202, Purcell Carson – Introduction to Video Editing for Documentaries
  • Writing Seminar 135, Dannelle Gutarra Cordero – Introduction to Digital Scholarship
  • Writing Seminar 163/164, Carolyn Ureña – Introduction to Podcasting. Course website
  • Writing Seminar 153/154, Patrick De Oliveira – Introduction to Podcasting
  • Writing Seminar 119, Sean Vanatta – Introduction to Podcasting
  • Writing Seminar 175/176, Will Penman – Introduction to Narrated Slide Show
  • History 490, D. Graham Burnett – Introduction to Video Storytelling
  • Linguistics 235, Byron Ahn – Introduction to Video Editing and Podcasting

Spring 2018

  • Spanish 211, Dunia Catalina Méndez Vallejo – Introduction to Video Editing. See YouTube
  • History 278, Emanuelle Kreike – building a digital history project
  • Anthropology 454, Jeff Himpele – Introduction to Video Editing
  • American Studies 301, Tala Khanmalek – Introduction to Podcasting
  • Writing Seminar 163/164, Carolyn Ureña – Introduction to Podcasting. Course website
  • Writing Seminar 135/36, Dannelle Gutarra Cordero – Introduction to Digital Scholarship
  • Linguistics 235, Byron Ahn “Mythbusting Language” – Introduction to Video Editing and Podcasting

Spring 2017

  • Spanish 211, Dunia Catalina Méndez Vallejo – video editing. See YouTube
  • American Studies 349, Henry Yu – Introduction to Audio and Video production
  • Environmental Studies 316, Michael Lemonick – video editing. Website
  • History 472, He Bian “Medicine and Society in China” – create a screencast
  • Linguistics 235, Byron Ahn “Mythbusting Language” – create a screencast

Fall 2017

  • Urban Studies 202, Alison Isenberg and Purcell Carson – Advanced audio and video editing. Course website
  • Portugese 304, Pedro Meira Monteiro and Charlie Hankin – Introduction to Podcasting
  • Writing Seminar 163/164, Carolyn Ureña – Introduction to Podcasting

Fall 2016

  • Freshman Seminar 167, Martha Sandweiss – Recording and Editing Oral History; Introduction to Video Production. Website.
  • Urban Studies 202, Purcell Carson and Alison Isenberg – Trenton Project video pre-production, post-production, editing in Adobe Premiere Pro. Course website.
  • English 359, Diana Fuss – Recording, editing, and publishing of podcast commentaries on popular film.  Course website.
McGraw Commons Publishing Platforms for Teaching & Learning

Coming Soon: A new McGraw DLL Optimized for teaching with technology.



Five triangular table clusters organize the room for active pedagogy, group projects, and peer-to-peer instruction, while improving traffic flow and accessibility in the space. Adding two wall-length whiteboards and movable whiteboard walls fosters epic brainstorming sessions.

Wireless Screen Sharing

With one wall dedicated to a 10-foot-tall by 30-foot-wide 4K screen, there is ample room to show multiple screens at the same time. An internal network makes it possible for students and faculty to wirelessly share their smartphone, laptop, or desktop screen with the video wall.

Immersive Sound

At the DLL, students record and edit multitrack recordings that dramatically combine narration, sound effects and music. With five HD speakers and Princeton’s cutting-edge audio-processing software, the DLL is a laboratory for immersive audio editing.

“By experimenting with classroom space, Princeton holds a rare opportunity to lead in the design, development, and testing of new teaching styles… [and] offers the University an opportunity to start a conversation on campus about the new pedagogical practices transforming higher education.”

Classroom Design Committee Report, 2013