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Evaluating the accessibility of an alternative format of module materials in Maths & Stats

Project leader(s): 
Chris Hughes
Faculty: 
STEM
Status: 
Current
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Since November 2017, I have been leading on the development of an alternative format of our module materials in maths & stats; the format is specifically designed to be accessed using assistive technology.

The main aim of the project is to evaluate the accessibility and effectiveness of this alternative format by putting it through the Royal National Institute of Blind people (RNIB) tried and tested certification process.

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Developing a strategy for an LGBT+ inclusive STEM Faculty

Project leader(s): 
Clem Herman
Faculty: 
STEM
Body: 

The project aims to address an area of equality, diversity and inclusion that has received little attention within the STEM Faculty to date, namely identifying and addressing the needs of LGBT students. This is being designed as an Action Research project in partnership with OU Plexus, the OU’s LGBT student association. Thus the initial phase of the project will be to scope out exactly what are the issues and problems to be addressed and how we will investigate these. Some indicative areas of work are outlined below, but these may evolve following our initial scoping meeting. The impact of the work is likely to be a strategy for LGBT inclusion that can be adopted by the STEM Faculty, including perhaps training and awareness raising for staff. Ultimately the intention is to ensure that LGBT students are able to enjoy a positive learning environment that enables them to achieve their study goals.  

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Evaluation of service management simulation activities

Project leader(s): 
David Bowers
Faculty: 
STEM
Status: 
Current
Body: 

The aim of the study is to understand the effectiveness in developing communication skills of two activities in a new module TM254 that use gamification to simulate a service management challenge. 

In the first simulation, students are assigned, arbitrarily, a role within a group of 5 “managers”.  All students in the group receive one email a day, over a period of 2-3 weeks, which may be a “noise” message addressed to everybody, or may be directed specifically to their role.  In the latter case, they can choose one of four responses.  To cater for students who cannot access email on any particular day, there is a default response of “do nothing”, triggered overnight if there is no other response.

The second activity is an online simulation in which only role-specific messages are seen. Participants see all messages sent to each role and the possible responses, and choose how each role responds.

Both simulations are designed to demonstrate the importance of engagement with the underlying scenario and prompt communication (responses) to the specific messages.

All students will be able to access the second activity, and run it several times; a TMA question will ask them to comment on what they see as the important factors in the simulation, that can help avoid – or promote – disaster, and thence, on the importance of effective communication within an organisation.

The first, email-based, simulation is optional for the first (18J) presentation of.  This study seeks to understand the benefits and challenges of the two simulations and, in particular, whether the, more realistic, email-based simulation helps students to understand better the challenge of picking out important messages from background “noise”. 

The outcomes from this study will inform refinements of the activities for future presentations of TM254 and other modules with requirements to develop effective communication.

David Bowers and Matthew Nelson presentation

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