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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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    Curriculum Development in Computing and Communications: Enabling the Student Voice, Facilitating Employability and Exploring Students’ Personal and Professional Aspirations

  1. Alexis LansburyArabella Nock
  2. This project will investigate whether our current C&C curriculum meets the personal and professional aspirations and employability needs of our students and identify curriculum-gaps from our students’ perspectives.

    April 2022 to October 2023

    Evaluation of online journal club (OJC) in S285: to what extent does this help students develop employability skills?

  3. Lorraine WatersRachel McMullan
  4. Developing employability skills have been identified as an Open University priority; there is evidence that these transferable ‘soft’ skills are often limited in science graduates entering the workplace.

    May 2022 to June 2024

    Which factors are correlated with undergraduate engineering distance learning students’ expectations of ethical issues?

  5. Joanna Sessford
  6. In a significant proportion of engineering disasters where engineers were to blame ‘insufficient knowledge’ was a contributing factor, this is an ethical issue.

    November 2022 to April 2024

    Postgraduate Project Management: evaluation of student employability skills development

  7. Kay BromleyJill ShawJoan Jackson
  8. M815 Project Management is part of the postgraduate computing programme and can also be studied by MSc students in Technology Management, Environmental Management, Engineering, Systems Thinking in Practice or Space Science and Open MSc/MA.  This proposed scholarship project is motivated by tutors

    December 2022 to December 2023

    Recruiting tutors to specialist modules in the School of Computing and Communications at the Open University

  9. David McDade
  10. Within the School of Computing and Communications (C&C), recent updates to the curriculum have highlighted issues around 'skills gaps' within the school and the impact this is having on tutor recruitment.

    November 2022 to December 2023

    Peer-learning activity for communicating algorithms in a Level 2 computer science module

  11. Ravi Rajani
  12. The project seeks to increase interaction among students on M269 Algorithms, data structures and computability 1 and develop skills in communicating and evaluating technical concepts with peers.

    May 2023 to September 2024

    Understanding different perspectives of postgraduate education in the international arena

  13. Leonor Barroca
  14. This project was set up to investigate the short term opportunities in international markets (focus on Portugal and Brazil) for the OU’s postgraduate offerings in ICT & Computing (with a focus on software engineering).

    April 2011 to June 2012

    Exploring global potential for WaSH distance education and training

  15. Pam Furniss
  16. The original aim of this project when it started in 2011 was to explore the potential for WASH distance education and training in a global market. WASH stands for water, sanitation and hygiene. At that time the final objective was to prepare a bid for funding.

    August 2011 to October 2016

    OpenWASH evaluation

  17. Pam Furniss
  18. OpenWASH is an international Open University programme that provides learning resources for the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in Ethiopia. The initial project (2014-2016), in partnership with UNICEF and World Vision Ethiopia, produced five OpenWASH modules and a Trainers’ Handbook.

    November 2018 to October 2019

    Enhancing professional networking and engagement using social media

  19. Helen Donelan
  20. The overall aim of this project was to investigate how STEM academics are currently using social media to engage with existing professional networks and extended communities, and to explore ways to support those who want to use these tools more effectively. The project explores the following:

    February 2012 to August 2014

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