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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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
Vikki Haley-Mirnar Carol Midgley
SDK100 Introduction to health sciences, an evidence-based approach (first presented in October 2015) is the Level 1 entry module for the Q71 BSc Health Sciences pathway. It was the first core module in Science to be delivered entirely online.
October 2016 to March 2021
This project captured and identified the practice of tutorial observations from two different perspectives: the perspective of the distance learning tutor, and the perspective of their manager or staff tutor.
January 2017 to July 2018
Ale Okada Anna De Liddo Andrea Berardi
Understanding students’ preferences and habits about digital reading is fundamental to support paperless learning.
May 2017 to February 2021
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
Bryan Singer Rafael Hidalgo Highly Commended at the 4th eSTEeM Scholarship Projects of the Year Awards 2021 under the category - Innovative Approach to Teaching. May 2018 to February 2021
Simon Collinson Eleanor Crabb Rob Janes Nicholas Power The project aims to determine the effect/influence of online remote access experiments on OU student’s sense of achievement, confidence, performance, engagement, relatedness to real science. June 2018 to December 2021
Fiona Moorman Karen New Winner at the 3rd eSTEeM Scholarship Projects of the Year Awards 2020 under the category - Innovative/Original Approach to Teaching. November 2018 to January 2020
Hands-on practical activities can improve students understanding of technological concepts and provide an opportunity to improve their technical skills.
November 2018 to September 2020
Carlton Wood Lynda Cook
Within many STEM modules we have moved to an online platform for learning events, including tuition. Whilst there are many benefits to online tuition by both tutors and students (such as remote access) anecdotal evidence suggests that STEM OU students do not actively participate in online tuitio
November 2018 to December 2021