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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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    Postcard Confessions: Deepening Understanding of Students via their Hopes and Dreams

  1. James WarrenGeorgy Holden
  2. We think that we know our students, but do we fully understand their hopes the reality of their daily lives?

    April 2022 to June 2023

    Can we reduce anxiety of students sitting remote exams? Sharing best practice between SPS and LHCS

  3. Gemma WarrinerFiona MoormanBecca Whitehead
  4. Many SPS and LHCS students reported anxiety concerning the 20J exams on module forums, and also in conversation with SST Advisors.

    April 2022 to December 2023

    What is known about how to write online exams and how to prepare students for them?

  5. Martin Braun
  6. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Open University, together with other universities, were obliged to move from traditional, in-person closed book exams to on-line open book exams in a relatively short space of time.

    April 2022 to September 2022

    Piloting Skills for Biologists sessions for biology students

  7. Janet Haresnape
  8. This project aims to evaluate a planned programme of events which:

    June 2022 to August 2022

    Online practical work for science and engineering students

  9. Mark Endean
  10. 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

    Gathering student perception about online/distance practical science at level 1

  11. Victoria NicholasSteve Swithenby
  12. This eSTEeM project has investigated student perception about online practical science for two modules at level 1. Students were interviewed and completed online questionnaires before and after studying these modules. The interviews confirmed the anecdotal evidence that students felt more positiv

    December 2013 to February 2016

    Students’ study of online modules

  13. Elaine Moore
  14. The aim of this study was to obtain data on how students studied online modules and to use this to put in place amendments to the current presentation where this could be easily done or to subsequent presentations to enhance the students’ experience.

    December 2014 to August 2017

    Gathering student perception about online/distance practical science at level 2

  15. Victoria Nicholas
  16. This project aims to assess changes in student perception about online/distance practical science particularly when conducted in a collaborative manner.

    July 2015 to February 2021

    Online Chemistry Support Clinics

  17. Nick ChattertonElaine Moore
  18. The “Chemistry Clinics”, now re-named as “Getting Ready for….”, were initially designed to enhance retention and progression in the second-year chemistry module, S215.

    January 2016 to January 2020

    Understanding and improving students’ learning experience and engagement with practical science on-line: The case of virtual and remote microscopes

  19. Christothea Herodotou
  20. There is a need to better understand what works best for students who study practical science online in order to improve their overall learning experience.

    February 2016 to January 2019

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