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The Repurposing Education Through Blended Learning (REBEL) project is funded by the Erasmus plus programme. Its partners are the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) Technology in Education and Dublin City University in Ireland, Ulster University in Northern Ireland as well as the University of Cyprus and VisMednet in Malta. Ulster University’s School of Education is taking the lead on Teacher Professional Learning in the project.

REBEL is designed to do three things:

  • first to capture the experiences of schools and Initial Teacher Education providers in the provision of blended learning as part of their response to Covid 19;
  • second, to provide professional development for staff; and
  • third to create a framework for evaluation and an open access course on best practice in blended learning.

The first phase of the project from March-September 2021 involves research in 5 case study schools/ITE providers in each country on their experiences of blended learning and the extent to which this work has brought about changes to policies and practice in teaching, learning and assessment as well as in relations with parents.

Phase 2 from October 2021 to December 2022 focuses on professional development of staff including the creation of self-evaluation protocols.

The final phase from January-March 2023, is dedicated to the dissemination of key findings.