New online course for IB students writing extended essays

The free resource is a collaboration between the University of Leeds, International Baccalaureate and FutureLearn

A free online course has been launched to support International Baccalaureate (IB) students writing their Diploma Programme (DP) extended essay (EE).

The IB Extended Essay: Managing your Research Project is a collaboration between the University of Leeds, IB and online social learning platform FutureLearn.


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The two-week course covers all aspects of the EE, from choosing a topic and framing a research question to structuring and writing the essay itself. It is claimed that, by working for two hours each week, learners will improve their critical thinking and time management skills.

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.”