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STEM education and engagement
Technology-enhanced learning and assessment

Technology-enhanced learning and assessment

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
PhD Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

The Open University has been at the forefront of research into technology-enhanced learning and assessment for many years. We are acknowledged leaders in all aspects of digital teaching and learning, for example: dialogue-based learning via online forums; synchronous online learning via web conferencing systems such as Adobe Connect; online groupwork, which can use a range of technologies. The University act as the global coordinator of the assessment elements of the open-source learning management system, Moodle. Both formative and summative e-assessment provide measures of student achievement and also deliver feedback that reinforces learning. Technology-enhanced learning and assessment form increasingly crucial parts of the education strategies adopted in universities worldwide.

The research will take place within eSTEeM, a cross-faculty centre that innovates and researches in STEM teaching. Based on our knowledge and expertise in technology enhanced learning and e-assessment we have focused research on a number of areas, such as:

  • collaborative learning via forums and wikis
  • online group projects
  • the use of interactive computer-marked assessment, both in terms of the design of tools and pedagogy
  • online peer assessment
  • online practical work

The outcomes of these projects not only lead to peer-reviewed articles but also inform future teaching and assessment strategies. This research benefits from the statistical power available from the large populations on OU modules.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Potential research projects

A wide range of projects is available in the areas described above. Please contact us to discuss options.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,500 per year Full time: £14,769 per year
Part time: £2,250 per year Part time: £7,384 per year

For detailed information about fees and funding, and to see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, visit Fees and studentships.


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