by Paul Bacsich, 22 October 2010
(adapted from a posting to the ALT mail list by Ian Chowcat)
The final reports - and many other ones - from the "CAPITAL" project, commissioned by Becta to inform the previous Government's "Harnessing Technology" strategy, are now released.
In 2008 Becta launched a programme of research to inform the future development of the then government's learning technology strategy, Harnessing Technology. The "Curriculum and Pedagogy" strand of this research, known as CAPITAL, was undertaken jointly by the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Nottingham and Sero Consulting.
With the abolition of Becta the research has finished early, but the team (of which I am a member) has produced a final report, and a shorter summary, that propose new tools for thinking about how the introduction of technologies can influence different types of learning interaction and the range of factors that shape the likely success of their introduction. The longer report also contains some findings and recommendations for researchers and policy makers.
The CAPITAL project produced a range of other reports and research findings during its life, and copies of all of these can be found on the project website http://www.lsri.nottingham.ac.uk/capital/
International and HE aspects
Although the focus of the Becta work was on schools and colleges in the UK, in order to ensure wide coverage of new modes of learning a number of case studies and reports were done on university-level e-learning and international comparisons. In particular there is a case study of the Liverpool University/Laureate collaboration for Masters-level distance learning as well as several others on the University of Nottingham, and a report on international developments.