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BECTA research project: International Baccalaureate E-Learning Laboratory (iBEL): evaluation report

BECTA research project: International Baccalaureate E-Learning Laboratory (iBEL): evaluation report

Walker, Simon (2008) BECTA research project: International Baccalaureate E-Learning Laboratory (iBEL): evaluation report. Project Report. Becta / University of Greenwich, London, UK.

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The International Baccalaureate E-Learning Laboratory (iBEL) investigated the role that design-for-learning (D4L) plays in fostering independent learning on the International Baccalaureate programme using integrated open source platforms, namely Moodle and LAMS. Results from the project indicate these technologies increased independent learning, especially when teachers provided a clear framework by linking to pre-selected, reliable resources, and structured these through appropriate activities. Visual design was highly valued and learners enjoyed using resources containing rich media. In subject disciplines such as Modern Foreign Languages and English they were motivated by the integration of social learning tools, notably forum, glossary tools and chat. Students expected the use of technologies to form a part of their learning.

Some teachers found that the use of the technologies assisted with long-term planning and enhanced their relationships with students. Adoption of a D4L system is more likely to succeed if introduced as a repository for existing content to which activities are later added and where it supports flexibility, fits the way that practitioners normally plan for learning, integrates easily with F2F teaching, contains a variety of easy to use tools, and accommodates the integration and updating of existing resources created by staff, such as Word, pdf and PowerPoint.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Additional Information: [1] Version 1.3. Copyright for this report resides with Greenwich University and Dartford Grammar School. For reuse permission please contact
Uncontrolled Keywords: International Baccalaureate E-Learning Laboratory, iBEL, learning design, independent learning
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
School of Education > Department of Professional Learning & Development
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Last Modified: 10 Feb 2020 15:54

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