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Evaluation of a community partnership approach using open educational resources: Equate Scotland and the Returning to STEM BOC

Project leader(s): 
Clem Herman
Theme: 
Faculty: 
STEM
Status: 
Current

The Returning to STEM Badged Open Course was developed in 2016 to offer support for women returning to STEM careers after an extended break. This was a continuation of a succession of projects and initiatives by the OU to support women returners back in to STEM employment and education, including a recent eSTEeM project.

The eSTEeM Business Plan 2016/17 includes a commitment to evaluate the use of this resource, however it has been difficult to find a way to evaluate its impact as we have not been able to reach students directly. 

Through a curriculum partnership with Equate Scotland (who are the lead agency in Scotland working on equality and diversity in STEM)  an opportunity has arisen to evaluate the BOC and its impact, with a group of women returners to STEM in Scotland who are planning to study the BOC as part of a returners programme.

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