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Educational Research


The Educational Research Group conducts research into teaching and learning across the Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences.  While distance education is a perennial focus, our work impacts on all modes of STEM education and extends into other disciplines as well.  Several of our projects focus on enhancing, enabling and evaluating fieldwork, in both virtual and outdoor environments.  We pursue research under four main themes:

Links and networks

Many of our educational research projects are supported by eSTEeM, the Open University’s centre for STEM pedagogy.

OpenSTEM Labs: The OU’s initiative to provide practical teaching in all aspects of STEM for distance learners. Comprising a number of labs, each with a distinct identity, meeting modern student and national skills-based needs, including the OpenScience Laboratory: The OU’s original ‘app store’ for practical science investigations and experiments online.

We also have links with:

Group Members

If you would like to know more about our Educational Research, please contact the Lead for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Dr Sarah Davies.

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