Playful and Gameful

Play for learning and learning through play!

Beyond Flipped

Active participation and skills development.

Digital and Networked

Fostering competency and engagement in a networked age

The Disruptive Media Learning Lab (DMLL), is a cross-university experimental unit comprising of academics, learning technologists, subject librarians, educational developers and researchers. The Lab is based in the heart of Coventry University’s campus in a newly refurbished space on the top floor of the Frederick Lanchester Library, uniquely designed to promote open dialogues, collaborative work and exploratory play for all interested in defining the 21st century university.

Getting Started

Not sure how to start innovating? No problem!
Explore the Lab’s innovation hub to find inspiration and discover tools to support your practice!

Flipped Learning

Innovative learning practice through active participation

Playful & Gameful

Games for learning, and learning through play

Digital & Networked

Foster competency and engagement in a networked age

Our Strategic Aims


Drive a culture of open innovation across the Coventry University Group, by expanding and enhancing the distinctive, internationally recognised and sector-leading ethos and approach to higher education innovation, research and development.  Helping to make Coventry an international exemplar of best practice.


Stimulate innovation and collaboration by challenging mind-sets amongst key stakeholders in teaching and learning. Champion and evaluate new practices, tools, methodologies, facilitate path finder cross-faculty collaborations and create shared spaces which incubate and nurture future looking ideas and pedagogies.


Positively influence the teaching and learning culture working in partnership across the Coventry University group. Act as a facilitator for constructive, fast-tracked, change across the University and more generally, drawing on developments demonstrated and proven in the Lab.


Provide enhanced opportunities, space, resources, capabilities and funding for agile experimentation with creative, playful, radical and provocative ideas, models and approaches. Advocate a positive attitude for understanding uncertainty and learning from failure towards fostering new best practices for effective teaching and learning innovation.


Identify and sandpit ambitious initiatives that make a real impact on the learning landscape. Explore, repurpose and remix approaches and technologies in order to stimulate new income sources and practices, encourage and ferment exciting new international collaborations.


Welcome the opportunity to identify early challenges and obstacles that may ultimately impact the University more generally. Explore and mitigate early on, in a single place and within a tightly controlled environment

Recent Activity

Taking a Design Thinking Approach to Building Modules

Last week, Oliver Wood visited our Coventry University London campus in the heart of Spitalfields to work with our academic colleagues on a series of module design sessions. Drawing on our experiences of running CU SPRINT course design sessions and our wider...

Creative Cultures: My Capsule

Wednesday 12th December marked the Creative Cultures Gamification Seminar 2018, held in the MyCapsule Lab of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). The culmination of a series of trips by Disruptive Media Learning Lab (DMLL) staff to Malaysia, the event celebrated...

Culture Forum North: How can partnership develop workforce diversity?

Image: Culture Forum North Earlier this month, we joined the Culture Forum North at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester for a day of round table discussions and talks on the topic of higher education / cultural sector partnership to develop workforce diversity. It was...

Upcoming Events

Coventry.Domains Awards

Coventry.Domains Awards

Join us in celebrating the Coventry.Domains Awards 2019. The awards will take place between 12.30-1.30pm but there will be the ...

Disruptive Byte: Design Thinking for Curriculum Innovation, the CU SPRINT Approach

Disruptive Byte: Design Thinking for Curriculum Innovation, the CU SPRINT Approach

27th March 2019

Get Involved with the lab

If you’d be interested in collaborating with the DMLL we’d love to hear from you, please fill out the form below and we’ll get in touch!

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