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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:

  • Access, Participation and Success
  • Innovative assessment
  • Online/onscreen STEM practice
  • 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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    Evaluation of Assessment and Tuition Changes for S284 Astronomy

  1. Mark JonesHelen Fraser
  2. Astronomy is a subject area with broad appeal, being a topic of interest both for students intending to specialise in astrophysics and for those who simply wish to know more about our place in the Universe.

    June 2020 to December 2021

    How successfully are students engaging with the Python component of SM123?

  3. Gemma Warriner
  4. SM123: Physics and Space is a Level 1 module aimed at preparing students to study physics, astronomy or planetary science at OU level 2. Most students are not new to the Open University and will have already studied S111: Questions in Science.

    April 2020 to October 2021

    Day time tutorials for apprentices – what is best practice in computing?

  5. Chris ThomsonMarina Carter
  6. At the Open University (OU) we are still learning about the best way to support our apprentice learners in their academic study. Degree Apprentices are learners in full time employment with study funded through the apprenticeship levy and other government sources.

    April 2020 to December 2021

    Encouraging verbal communication in online small-group Maths problem-solving sessions; taking inspiration from individual sessions

  7. Abi Kirk
  8. There is evidence that verbal communication by students in group online tutorials is rare. In contrast, it seems anecdotally that students speak more in individual support sessions online.

    August 2021 to August 2023

    Support for Students. Teaching for Tutors. An Investigation into Ideas on Encouraging Students to Engage

  9. Cathryn Peoples
  10. According to the social constructivist model of learning, social opportunities are considered to be important in an educational experience for their positive influence. The principle is that the learning can be reinforced through the interaction with others.

    August 2020 to March 2022

    Welsh-medium tuition in Level 1 Mathematics/Addysgu Mathemateg Lefel 1 trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg

  11. Andrew PotterDelyth TomosChris Hughes
  12. Welsh-medium education has attracted increased attention over the past 50 years. Much research has been conducted in secondary and higher education contexts, including the teaching and learning of mathematics in Welsh.

    November 2020 to December 2022

    Using knowledge from Associate Lecturers in a Bayesian model to predict the probability of students’ results

  13. Fadlalla Elfadaly
  14. Predicting the passing probabilities of an online module has always been an interest in higher education. It helps in planning, decision making, providing feedback to students and also in helping students work around any difficulties or milestones that are predicted to affect their results.

    November 2020 to December 2022

    Cultivating student led tutorials in STEM

  15. Melanie GreggVivien Cleary
  16. The objective of this small-scale study was to create a tutor free, active learning environment where students feel at ease to discuss and work on skill-based problems together.

    October 2021 to December 2022

    Developing student use of feedback on their marked TMAs

  17. Carol CalvertClare Morris
  18. The correspondence tuition that tutors provide, via the TMAs, is a key part of our teaching and support to students and represents a major investment of time and effort by tutors.

    April 2021 to September 2022

    Investigating how to enhance the idea generation process by students for their T452 project

    Having taught on project modules at HNC, HND and final UG level (T452), I have observed that the most intense tutor engagement is when discussing possible topics.

    August 2021 to July 2022

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