International Baccalaureate extended essay students to benefit from a new online course

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) students can now benefit from a free online course aiming to support learners writing their DP extended essay (EE).

The new course – The IB Extended Essay: Managing your Research Project – is an innovative collaboration between the University of Leeds, IB and Europe’s leading online social learning platform, FutureLearn.

The two-week course supports students through all stages of writing their EE; from choosing a topic and framing a research question to structuring and writing the essay itself. Working for two hours each week, learners will improve their critical thinking and time management skills for the successful delivery of the EE.

Robin Julian, IB Curriculum Manager for the EE, said: “This user friendly, interesting online course not only provides students with well-considered guidance to help them with the planning, research and writing of their extended essays, it also frames the EE as important preparation for the transition to a university learning environment”.

Nigel Smith, Managing Director of courses and learning at FutureLearn, said: “The EE is mandatory for all DP students and plays an important role in developing skills invaluable for further study and beyond.

“Finding sources, time and project management, critical thinking and writing effectively are all covered in the new course on FutureLearn, which provides an excellent grounding for IB students undertaking their research project. We’re proud to be involved in such an innovative collaboration; something that offers real value to students at an important juncture in their academic lives”.

Carol Elston, Head of Digital Education Service at the University of Leeds, said: “We are delighted to have worked with the IB to create a high-quality online course that will guide DP students through all the necessary steps for the successful completion of their EE”.


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