Welcome to the CoLAB!

From here you can find out more about what you can access on each piece of equipment and how to use it. See below – 

Laptops (PC)

These laptops are ready to start as soon as you log in – simply choose ‘CoLAB’ from the user list and the log in screen will take you to the start page.

From here you can –

Access the internet (chrome)

Use Microsoft packages (word, excel, email etc) *Please remember to save any work on an external drive/usb as anything saved on the machine will be deleted after log off*

Care2Learn – log onto MJN Care2Learn website where you can access short courses such as – presenting, mindfulness, recording videos on phone, people skills and more. If you need additional support or issues with access please contact the learning team.

Creative Cloud – if you have experience with PC only we have a licence for creative cloud online. Simply open creative cloud and log into user 1 – this will grant you access to the complete package including premier pro and photoshop. Please remember to save your work on an external hard drive as any work saved on the machine will be deleted. For basic skills and helpful hints and tips take a look at – https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=creative+cloud+tutorials

Emails – you can access your personal emails. Log onto chrome and search for your email provider. Please note you will need to of registered an account to send. If you need to create an account you can use Google Mail, Icloud and others.

If you have any issues or find a problem while using the laptops please raise a ticket to our IT team.


The macbook runs on the apple platform. The laptop is perfect for creative work, photography edits and more. You have access to a creative cloud account which gives you access to all the apps including photoshop, premier pro and more. For a basic tutorial take a look at https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=creative+cloud+tutorials

You can also use the macbook for podcasting, music making and more. Link the mac to the equipment in the curious room and take a look around. If you need support or theres an issue with any of the equipment contact the learning team or raise a ticket to IT.


The Ipad has all the basic apple apps and more. The Ipad is great for reading documents, showcasing images or videos, research and even photography (google ipad photography skills).

Please note any images or videos saved will be wiped at the end of each session – if you need some of the media please send over email or over aircloud (iphones only).

For basic skills and a quick tutorial take a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYwDyJ2KleQ

If you require any support please speak with the learning team.



This DSLR camera will allow you to take images or videos in a variety of settings. You can use the lighting and other equipment to create a photoshoot (there is a black backdrop on the wall for a blank background).

You can do portrait shots, product shots, vlog recordings, social media posts and more. For a quick tutorial take a look at – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7mpyTXB0wc

There are some short courses on Care2Learn and a vast amount on YouTube – simply search DSLR tutorials.

360 camera

The Ricoh 360 camera allows you to take creative shots of large places in a 360 view. You will need to download an app from the app store to control the app and take photos.

For a quick tutorial on how to use the camera take a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS893pFl4yk

If you require any assistance please contact the learning team.

VR (Main)

The VR system in the curious room allows you to immerse yourself in TalkOut Tech VR simulations.

You can choose from –

Walk the plan

COPS simulation

Train environment

You will need some support and basic training to use this equipment – please contact the learning team to book and get basic training before using.

VR (Headsets)

Immerse yourself in either Antser environment or use your app (download the Talkout VR app on app store) and take a look at the TalkOut environment.

There is a variety of programmes which you can take a look around including the Antser social software, Antser environment and more.

Contact the learning team to book and find out more.

Music and podcasting station

A place where you can inspire creative thought by reinforcing a moving image piece. Give artwork an audible space by getting lost in a field of sound. Write keys, vocals and beats. Overdub a narration to your adverts or write a banging instrumental for your instagram posts. If you’re an instrumentalist, simply plug in and play. We have a host of samples, drum machines and soft synthesisers to get you creating stuff that no one has ever heard before. You can also use this space to record a podcast, audio diary or to create sounds to overlay on a video.

Learn how to use VR, Photography equipment and our audio and sound equipment by clicking on the short videos below!