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
To learn more about our projects, please click on the project titles or use the search feature below by entering keywords. To search by the name of a project leader, please use the 'Filter by Project Leader' tab on the right-hand side of this page.
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Initial scoping of the literature on employability shows that certain aspects of employability such as motivations for study/outcomes of postgraduate studies have been documented and discussed to some extent. However, there seem to be little discussion/debate on medium to long-term impact of PG
May 2016 to December 2021
Steven Self Mark Slaymaker
This project follows on from our previous project
1 which focused on a new pedagogical approach (Hall and Rapanotti, 2015) implemented in three post-graduate computing modules for a recently introduced Computing qualification (F66 MSc in Computing), where the students’ own professional May 2017 to May 2022
Linda Thomson Nicola McIntyre
Poor attendance at online synchronous tutorials has been an ongoing problem. One of the aims of the introduction of the group tuition policy was to address this problem by giving students more choice. Based on the evidence seen thus far, this has not resulted in better attendance and it has also
June 2017 to December 2021
Hayley Ryder TC O'Neil
There is much research regarding students who struggle mathematically early (school, Y1 UG) but not for good students who `hit a wall’ at level 3. Some persevere while others drop-out.
October 2017 to September 2024
Mark Jones Aims : By taking a comparative approach between three online team investigations in planetary science and astronomy, this project aims to investigate the factors that may be important in determining the effectiveness of such activities. October 2017 to December 2021
One of the options for students facing difficulties with their studies is to assessment bank their TMAs and take an extended break, with the intention of returning at the same point in the next presentation of their module.
November 2017 to December 2022
Hayley Ryder TC O'Neil
Adobe Connect has replaced OULive as the OU’s online tuition delivery tool and the current university plan is for tutors to work in shared online rooms for cohort/cluster-wide events.
January 2018 to December 2022
The main project question is focused on whether, and if so how, a whole qualification approach of designing and developing the various components of the recent BEng (Hons) (Q65) and MEng (M04) has had a positive impact on student success.
May 2018 to August 2023
Anne Campbell Mark Jones Anne-Marie Gallen
In our January 2015
eSTEeM proposal, we asked the question ‘What is tuition: do our students expect from tuition May 2018 to September 2022
Martin Reynolds Ray Ison Research question: what are the opportunities and challenges for re-visioning the role of postgraduate distance learning provision and curriculum design in shifting from a conventional emphasis on developing ‘competencies’ based on learning outcomes (playing ‘the game’ better) to May 2018 to December 2021