The Becta website will be closing on 31 January 2011.

Most of our online resources are now available under the Open Government Licence for anyone to re-use. Find out more.

About Becta

Becta leads the national drive to inspire and lead the effective and innovative use of technology throughout learning.


Becta's research assets

Following the announcement of the closure of Becta we received a great deal of interest from the education community and others in the future of Becta's extensive research on technology for learning.

Becta has an internationally recognised and respected evidence base on technology-enabled learning, teaching and management. In total there are over 400 items including annual surveys and reviews, impact research, evaluations, studies of new and emerging technologies, case studies, literature reviews and small research grant publications. Users of the research have made clear that they would like to be able to continue to access this valuable resource with many expressing an interest in hosting the research reports themselves after the closure of Becta.

Becta is pleased to announce three developments that will ensure that Becta’s research remains accessible to all and continues to provide value to the community:

1. Open Government Licence: Becta research and other content with a Becta/Crown copyright has been made available under the new Open Government Licence (OGL) and the UK Government Licensing Framework. This has been announced on the Becta website and full details of the licence can be found on the National Archives website.

2. Institute of Education: Becta is keen to ensure that our research archive is maintained as a well organised and coherent collection accessible to all and that it contributes to the continuing development of the technology in education research agenda. Following a selection process Becta is pleased to announce that the Institute of Education has been chosen as the organisation that Becta would like to support to host and take forward Becta’s research as a body of evidence. IoE is internationally respected as a centre of excellence in educational research including the use of technology to enhance learning and has very strong links within the research community and frontline audiences across all sectors. IoE has a strong strategic commitment to help researchers build on Becta’s research legacy with the support of London Knowledge Lab and links to the broader technology enhanced learning community.

Becta will work closely with the Institute of Education to ensure that the research is made available in a coherent, inclusive, fully searchable digital archive. A further announcement will be made when the research base goes live.

The research is being made available to the Institute of Education on a non-exclusive basis under the terms of the Open Government Licence (see above) and this does not preclude other organisations from using or hosting Becta’s research under the same Licence.

Professor Richard Noss, director of the London Knowledge Lab at IOE commented:

“The field of Technology Enhanced Learning research is wide open, and we are glad we can help to develop it by hosting and sharing BECTA’s research assets. We very much hope that this will assist in the translation of our and others’ findings into practical gains for learning and teaching.”

Stephen Pickles, Head of Library Services at the IOE, said:

“The IOE library is one of the major education focussed libraries in the world and we are very glad to add the Becta Research Assets to our collections.  We will preserve and provide access to them through our Digital Education Resource Archive.  Such digital preservation and guaranteed stable access to digital materials as well as print are key aims of the IOE library strategy which seeks to enable future teaching, learning and research by our own staff and students and also by the wider community.”

3. National Archives: A copy of Becta’s website and publications will be held on the National Archives website, ensuring continuing access in the long term.

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