Built Environment Appropriate Technology for Learning (BEATL)
Full project title: Built Environment Appropriate Technology for Learning (BEATL)
Duration: September 1998-December 2001
Funded by: Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE)
Project lead: Jane Newton
The BEATL (Built Environment Appropriate Technology for Learning) Project has aimed to develop effective and efficient methods of integrating technology-based learning materials into the delivery of modules within the undergraduate modular progammes at the universities of the West of England, De Montfort and Westminster. Built environment undergraduate modular programmes include a wide range of disciplines, from architecture, to town planning, to building surveying, to environmental management. Such programmes offer, therefore, a testbed of wide variety for embedding technology based materials into teaching and learning.
A key aspect of BEATL project methodology is the partnering of modules, normally across two of the three faculties. These pairs of modules have generally involved similar subject topics with a shared interest in embedding the same technology based materials. The BEATL approach has left the module staff to choose the nature and scale of their innovation in the expectation that a range of types of technology and of subject matter will be employed.
This diversity of testbeds, together the preparation of systematic evaluation methodologies, is aimed at ensuring both a range of transferable products and generalisable learning for good practice in introducing new technology.
A Project Handbook has been developed as a guide to staff on embedding good practice and forms the basis for staff development workshops to be available nationally.