eSTEeM is providing a mechanism for professional development through practice-based scholarship within a mentored community. Much of our work is organised on a project basis with project management aimed at the delivery of new educational outcomes and scholarship outputs.
eSTEeM supports a rolling portfolio of approx. 80 active scholarship projects under a number of themes which include:
International curriculum delivery
Online/onscreen STEM practice
Technologies for STEM learning
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The overall aim of this project was to develop a sustainable framework for supporting students into STEM employment, focusing on careers advice and professional development for those who are seeking to enter, return to or progress their careers in this sector.
April 2011 to February 2013
This project was set up to investigate the short term opportunities in international markets (focus on Portugal and Brazil) for the OU’s postgraduate offerings in ICT & Computing (with a focus on software engineering).
April 2011 to June 2012
Tom Argles Sarah Davies
Geospatial technologies (that underpin services such as Google Earth™, ArcGIS™, remote sensing and GPS) can be used to help students grasp difficult or threshold concepts, such as 3D visualisation, and improve their spatial thinking skills, or ‘spatial literacy’.
April 2011 to November 2014
This project undertook an investigation of the use of peer assessment in distance teaching. After reviewing evidence from within and outside the institution a number of pilot studies were undertaken. The Workshop tool in the Moodle VLE was evaluated.
April 2011 to September 2014
This project investigated the use of the argument mapping technique for helping Computing and Technology students with developing their argument analysis skills. The focus was on scaffolding of these skills through interactive computer-marked assessment.
June 2011 to March 2014
This project was set up to evaluate the effectiveness of the models of assessment devised for the new Level 1 course, TU100: My Digital Life. Assessments and tutor guides based on novel models had been prepared by a small group of staff, including the investigators.
June 2011 to May 2014
IBZL is a thought experiment. It starts from the question: what if bandwidth (and latency) in networks like the internet didn't matter any more? What would become possible?
April 2011 to February 2012
Data charts are used in many magazines, newspapers and official reports. Data journalism is on the rise. Big data is a familiar buzz word. And yet the public in general often does not have an easy way to explore the data and statistics that are thrown at them to justify a particular argument.
April 2011 to July 2013
This short scoping project aimed to assess the feasibility of and, ideally, shape a longer‐term programme of collaborative working between the Faculties of Science and MCT, and East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) in Shanghai, China.
April 2011 to August 2012
Soraya Kouadri Mostéfaoui
Nowadays, new digital technologies provide educators with increasingly diverse opportunities for assessing students’ understanding through media other than conventional text – for example web pages, videos, posters, PowerPoint presentations, podcasts and graphics, all of which can be submitted el
April 2011 to January 2013