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eSTEeM Projects Final Reports

Click the links below to view the final reports from eSTEeM projects.  More reports will be added as projects are completed. 

Alexander, L., McCabe, M., Thomson, L. and Nicholas. V. (2020) SiSE-only tutor groups and the effect on SiSE students and tutors on S111. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Argles, T. and Davies, S. (2014) Geospatial technologies in distance learning and teaching in Science eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Barroca, L. (2012) Understanding different perpesctives of postgraduate education in the international arena. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Bell, S. (2019) When Two Worlds Collide: Achieving wisdom in online groups. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Bowers, L. (2018) The ‘Touching Creativity’: a proof of concept project. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Budd, P., Gorfinkiel, J., Hedgeland, H., Jordan, S. and Pearson, V. (2018)  Gender Differences in completion and credit obtained in Level 2 study in Physical Sciences. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Butler, D., Cook, L. and Haley-Mirnar, V. (2018) Achieving student centred facilitation in online synchronous tutorials. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)   

Calvert, C. (2017) Succeeding Against the Odds. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Calvert, C. (2018) A Flexible Start to M140. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Calvert, C. (2019) Usage of Early Alerts Indicators on two level 1 modules. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Chatterton, N. (2020) Online Chemistry Clinics. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Chetwynd, F., Aiken, F. and Jefferis, H. (2018) Breaking the coding barrier: transition from Level 1 to Level 2 programming. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF) 

Chicot, K. (2018) Using Student Analytics with tutors to increase retention. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF) 

Cooke, J., Wheeler, P., Maseyk, K. and Collins, T. (2020) Assessing The ‘Open Field Lab’: Evaluating Interactive Fieldcasts for Enhancing Access to Fieldwork. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Crighton, S. and Potter, A. (2019) Using peer observation within a community of Mathematics & Statistics Associate Lecturers in the Open University. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Crighton, S., Bryers, F., Howe, L. and Potter, A. (2019) Supporting student transitions within a strategic partnership in Scotland. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Davey, B. and Dommett, E. (2014) SDK125 Student Intentions and Retention Study. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Dil, A., Truby, S. and Osunde, J. (2018) Development and evaluation of a tool for Java structural specification testing. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Dobbyn, C. and Chetwynd, F. (2014) Transforming retention and progression in a new Level 1 course. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Donelan, H. (2014) Enhancing professional networking and engagement using social media. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Douce, C. (2018) Understanding on-line teaching practice: the importance of the observation. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Douce, C. (2015) Understanding the challenges of learning to program at level 2. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Endean, M. and Braithwaite, N. (2012) Online practical work for science and engineering students - a collaborative scoping activity between the UK Open University and East China University of Science and Technology. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Endean, M. and Chang, D. (2020) Longitudinal impact of visiting scholarships on the professional practice of scholars from China. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Evans. S. (2020) Strategies to support students and tutors with online collaborative projects: an action research project. eSTEeM Final Report  (PDF)

FitzGerald, E., Janes, R., Moore, E., Iacovides, J and Sargent, J. (2019) Utilising the Teaching Tricky Topic process to Identify and Address Student Misunderstandings across Three OU Modules. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Furniss, P. (2016) OpenWASH. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Furniss, P. (2019) OpenWASH evaluation 2019. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Gallen, AM and Reger, C. (2019) Evaluating the level 1 Engineering: Tutors’ shared resources. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Gardner, C. (2021) Analytics for tracking student engagement. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Gracia, R., Ferris, R. and Herman, C. (2013) STEM Ambassadors Project. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Haresnape, J. (2017) Evaluation of assessed collaborative wiki activity and comparison with similar collaborative online activities in other contexts. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Herman, C. (2013) Career Development for STEM Professionals. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Herman, C. (2019) Evaluation of a community partnership approach using open educational resources: Equate Scotland and the Returning to STEM BOC. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Herman, C., Donelan, H., Hughes, J., Jefferis, H. and Thomas, E. (2019) Gendered Choices - Motivation and degree choices of Computing and IT students: a gendered analysis. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Herodotou, C. (2019) Understanding and improving students’ learning experience and engagement with practical science on-line: The case of virtual and remote microscopes. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Hilliam, R. (2016) Investigating the careers of Staff Tutors in STEM for Athena SWAN. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Hilliam, R., Bromley, A. and Calvert, C. (2017) Understanding and managing gender differences in the recruitment, retention and support of Mathematics and Statistics Associate Lecturers. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Hilliam, R. (2020) The Mathematics and Statistics Community of Learners. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Hills, L. (2015) The experience of students with a disability studying Science in an era of financial, curriculum and technological change. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Hlosta, M., Herodotou, C., Gillespie, A. and Papathoma, T. (2020) Disproved predictions of at-risk students: Some students fail despite doing well, others succeed despite predicted as at-risk. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Hughes, C., Colwell, C., Clarke, J., Williams, K. and Bromley, A. (2020) Evaluating the accessibility of an alternative format of module materials in Maths & Stats. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF) 

Isaksson, O. and Eckert, C. (2020), Product Development 2040: Technologies are just as good as the designer’s ability to integrate them, Design Society Report DS107, https://doi.org/10.35199/report.pd2040

Jones, M. (2016) Developing practice in online synchronous tuition by peer observation, feedback and reflection. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Jordan, S. (2014) Thresholded assessment: Does it work?. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Kear, K., Chetwynd, F. and Jefferis, H. (2014) Online presence for learning and employability: students’ use of profiles in social networking environments. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Kotecki, C. and Shrestha, P. (2019) Academic literacy and communicating assessment to students on L1 Science Modules. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Kouadri Mostéfaoui, S. and Williams, J. (2013) Assessing 'Alternative Media' Elements is there a Generic Model? eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Lane, A. (2016) The impact of technology on the teaching and assessment of ‘systems diagrams’ eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Lotz,N., Jones,D. and Holden, G. (2017). Are we making progress? Progression through learners’ interaction in OpenStudio across a qualification. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Lotz,N and Holden, G. (2020) Developing a sense of community through cross-level engagement. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

MacQueen, H. (2019) Factors affecting student success in the workplace. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Mattingly, S. (2020) Developing programming problem-solving skills using individualised screencasts. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Midgley, C., Haley-Mirnar, V. and Healing, G. (2021) SDK100 – what aspects of this online only module are the students engaging with? eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Minocha, S. and Argles, T. (2019) Virtual Skiddaw: A case study investigating the effectiveness of 3D virtual field trips in supporting outdoor fieldwork. eSTEeM Final Report  (PDF)

Moore, E. (2017) Students' study of online modules. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Moorman, F. and New, K. (2020) Online journal clubs in distance higher education: an opportunity to develop skills and community? eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Morris, C. and Organ, S. (2019) Engineering qualifications at the OU – what motivates women to study? eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Nesaratnam, S. and Taherzadeh, S. (2014) The potential for the use of smart phones to enhance teaching in environmental engineering and environmental science modules. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Nesaratnam, S. and Taherzadeh, S. (2019) Pilot trial of a smart phone App for ascertaining water quality. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

New, K. (2020) Use of augmented reality in a second level human biology module: benefits and challenges. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Nicholas, V. (2016) Gathering student perception about online/distance practical science at level 1. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Norton, A. (2016) Assessment analytics of student engagement with, and performance on, S217 online quizzes. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Olney, T., Walker, S., Wood, C., Dunworth, M., Clarke, A. and Kantirou, M. (2019) Piloting OU Analyse and the Student Probabilities Model on 12 STEM Modules. eSTEeM Final Report Executive Summary (PDF)

Olney, T., Walker, S., Wood, C., Dunworth, M., Clarke, A. and Kantirou, M. and Clarke, A. (2019) Piloting OU Analyse and the Student Probabilities Model on 12 STEM Modules. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Pawley, S. and Hughes, C. 2018 Supporting MST224 students with bridging material during their transition from level one mathematics. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Piwek, P. (2014) Argumentation Education (ArguEd) eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Rapanotti, L. (2017) Measuring qualification effects of a new pedagogy which embeds learning and assessment activities within each students rich professional context of practice. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Reynolds, M. et al (2016) Enhancing Systems Thinking in Practice at the Workplace. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Reynolds, M. (2018) Framing professional competencies for systems thinking in practice. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Robson, L., Cook, L and Habgood, N. (2015) A quantitative and qualitative investigation into communications sent to students for selected level 1 MCT and Science modules. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Rogers, K., Thomas, C. and Holmes, H. (2019) Active learning in synchronous online tuition: increasing student interaction. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Rothero, E. (2014) Flight of the Fritillary. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Rothero, E. (2018) Flight of the Fritillary (Phase 2). eSTEeM Final Report

Ryder, H. (2019) Use of STACK to generate formative assessment for Level 3 pure mathematics. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Smith, J. (2012) Creative Climate. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Taylor, P. (2014) The use of Peer assessment at the Open University. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Thomas, E., Walker, S. and Davies, S. (2015) Hybrid Digital Material Networked Learning: scruffy mongrel or sleek new breed? Practices and implications for blending physical and digital resources for learning in higher education eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Thomas, E. (2018) Using OpenStudio in STEM learning. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Thomas, E., Kouadri Mostéfaoui, S. and Jefferis, H. (2019) Visualising the code: are students engaging with programming at Level 1? eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Vines, K., Hughes, C., Holmes, H., Pearson, V., Kotecki, C., Alexander, A., Colwell, C. Parks, K. (2016) Sonification of depictions of numerical data. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Vines, K., Hughes, C., Calvert, C. and Colwell, C (2018) Sonification (audio graphs) pilot on M140. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Walker, R. (2020) Remote sighted helper support for VI students: exploring good practice. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Walker, S., Bell, S., Fensom, S., Straughan, K., (2011) The ‘Infinite Bandwidth, Zero Latency’ Project: inventing a digital future. In: IADIS International Conference: ICT, Society and Human Beings , 24-26 July 2011, Rome. (PDF)

Walshe, A. and Gallen, A-M. (2017) Perceptions, Expectations and Experience of Group Tuition: towards a shared understanding amongst stakeholders. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Walshe, A. (2019) Towards A Structured Process for Involving ALs in Module Tuition Strategy Design and Review. Consulting front line practitioners about module design. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Wermelinger, M. (2013) iChart - Interactive Exploration of Data Charts. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Wong, P. (2020) Understanding and mitigating students’ difficulties in undertaking complex practical activities on their computers. eSTEeM Final Report (PDF)

Woodthorpe, J. (2016) An investigation into the use of Artificial Neural Networks to predict student failure, and the efficacy of sustainable additional support for those students. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)

Woodthorpe, J. (2016) How students’ use of language relates to learning, retention, and performance in assessment on TU100: Implications for learning design, assessment strategy, and tuition practices in the MCT faculty. eSTEeM Final Report. (PDF)