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eSTEeM Projects

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:

  • Innovative assessment
  • International curriculum delivery
  • Online/onscreen STEM practice
  • STEM engagement
  • Supporting students
  • 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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    Impact study of the taught MScs in Technology related subjects on students’ employability

  1. Daphne Chang
  2. 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

    Refining a framework for measuring qualification effects

  3. Steven SelfMark Slaymaker
  4. This project follows on from our previous project1 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

    Online tutorial design: can we do better?

  5. Linda ThomsonNicola McIntyre
  6. 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

    Use of OULive recordings of `live mathematics’ and discussion forums on a level 3 Pure mathematics module in order to enable students to move to a growth mindset in maths and to add a social dimension to learning mathematics

  7. Hayley RyderTC O'Neil
  8. 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

    Online Team Investigations in Science (OTIS)

  9. Mark Jones
  10. 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

    Assessment banking – useful break or deferred withdrawal? An investigation of the outcomes and experience for students who have assessment banked

  11. Linda Robson
  12. 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

    Does the provision of an `own working space’ for tutors enhance the learning experience for students

  13. Hayley RyderTC O'Neil
  14. 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

    Evaluating the impact of a qualification based approach to student engagement and success in engineering study

  15. Alec Goodyear
  16. 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

    Perceptions, Expectations and Experience of Group Tuition: towards a shared understanding amongst stakeholders (part II: the student perspective)

  17. Anne CampbellMark JonesAnne-Marie Gallen
  18. In our January 2015 eSTEeM proposal, we asked the question ‘What is tuition: do our students expect from tuition

    May 2018 to September 2022

    Changing the way the game is played: transforming postgraduate curriculum praxis and workplace capabilities

  19. Martin ReynoldsRay Ison
  20. 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

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