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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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    The use of peer assessment/review in distance teaching via the Moodle VLE

  1. Peter Taylor
  2. 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

    ArguEd Argumentation Education

  3. Paul Piwek
  4. 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

    Transforming retention and progression in a new Level 1 course

  5. Chris Dobbyn
  6. 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

    Assessing 'alternative media' elements: is there a generic model?

  7. Soraya Kouadri Mostéfaoui
  8. 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

    Evaluation of assessed collaborative wiki activity and comparison with similar collaborative online activities in other contexts

  9. Janet Haresnape
  10. This project centres around an online collaborative activity which was adapted from a face-to-face tutorial activity developed for students on S366 (Evolution).  In the activity, students each provided data, and suggestions about its interpretation, by contributing to a series of wiki pages.  The

    August 2011 to February 2017

    Thresholded assessment: does it work?

  11. Sally Jordan
  12. Many Science Faculty modules have moved from their previous summative continuous assessment to formative but thresholded continuous assessment. The aim of the project was to evaluate this Faculty-wide change in practice.

    May 2013 to September 2014

    How students’ use of language relates to learning, retention and performance in assessment on TU100

  13. John WoodthorpeJim Donohue
  14. This project built on previous work between MCT and WELS (formally FELS) on language use and student attainment at level 1, including in the production of TU100.

    December 2013 to May 2016

    Associate lecturer and student views of Science Faculty feedback processes

  15. Sally JordanSarah AllmanClaire Rostron
  16. This project is funded by the OU's Study Experience Programme New Models of Assessment and Tuition Project.

    January 2014 to October 2014

    Academic literacy and communicating assessment to students on L1 Science Modules

  17. Claire KoteckiPrithvi Shrestha
  18. This project aimed to understand assessment and how it is communicated to students in Level 1 Science with application across STEM subjects.

    June 2015 to August 2019

    Assessment analytics of student engagement with, and performance on, S217 online quizzes

  19. Andrew Norton
  20. This project used analytics information to investigate student engagement with, and attitudes towards, the online interactive quizzes that form part of S217 Physics: from Classical to Quantum.  

    January 2016 to August 2016

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