Our Work

Becta technology enhanced learning projects

  • Digital curriculum review
  • Digital skills development
  • Research and surveying
  • Stakeholder engagement

Before 2010, Sero did a wide range of projects for the government-funded agency BECTA (British Educational Communications and Technology Association), which was the lead agency in the UK for encouraging and facilitating use of technology in learning.

We led the following projects:

  • eMaturity in Personal and Community Development Learning (review report)
  • Study on potential of technology to support Looked After Children
  • Proposal to Establish a Learner Entitlement to Technology
  • Institutional eReadiness Survey
  • Annual survey of technology adoption in FE Colleges 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 (final report available for 2008-09)
  • Pilot study for aligning learner voice with the annual sector survey of FE colleges (final report)
  • Contribution to the Business Case for Technology in FE and Skills Sector
  • Evaluation of the Becta Home Access pilot project (description of the project)
  • International FE Benchmarking Project
  • BSF, Academies and FITS Foundation Study

We were partners with University of Nottingham in the CAPITAL project – Curriculum And Pedagogy In Technology Assisted Learning – run jointly between the University’s Learning Sciences Research Institute and the Teaching and Leadership Research Centre, in association with Becta. The project undertook research that informed the then government’s Harnessing Technology strategy. A number of papers that were published through the project are still available on the UCL Digital Education Research Archive (DERA):

Balmer, Kim and Jones, Ian and Phillips, Barry and Stokes, Eleanor, British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA), corp creator. (2009) Harnessing Technology: new modes of technology-enhanced learning: a case study series.

Jones, Ian and Day, Chris, British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA), corp creator. (2009) Harnessing Technology: new modes of technology-enhanced learning: action research, March 2009.

Crook, Charles and Fisher, Tony and Harrop, Helen and Stokes, Eleanor, British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA), corp creator. (2010) Harnessing Technology: new modes of technology-enhanced learning: developing successful practice.

Sharples, Mike and Crook, Charles and Jones, Ian and Kay, David and Chowcat, Ian and Balmer, Kim and Stokes, Eleanor, British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA), corp creator. (2009) Harnessing Technology: new modes of technology-enhanced learning: opportunities and challenges.

Chowcat, Ian and Phillips, Barry and Popham, John and Jones, Ian, British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA), corp creator. (2008) Harnessing Technology: preliminary identification of trends affecting the use of technology for learning.

Davies, Chris and Good, Jenny and Honey, Paul and Spencer, Dimitrina, British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA)
University of Oxford
Nottingham University
Sero Consulting, corp creators. (2009) Harnessing Technology: analysis of emerging trends affecting the use of technology in education – October 2009.

British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA)
University of Nottingham
Sero Consulting, corp creators. (2008) Harnessing Technology: discontinuities with current practice which affect the use of technology for learning.

The Year 3 final report of the CAPITAL project on shaping contexts to realise the potential of technology to support learning is also available on the DERA archive.