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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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    Evaluation of D-flag students accessibility to and use of online tutorials and forums in L2 modules

  1. Sarah DaniellLorraine Waters
  2. Attendance at online tutorials by LHCS students continues to be low.

    May 2020 to April 2023

    Degree-Apprenticeships: Embedding learning in the practice-tutor, apprentice, employer tripartite

  3. Alexis LansburyChris ThomsonAndy Hollyhead
  4. This project will focus on the undergraduate degree-apprenticeships offered by the School of Computing and Communications in England and Wales.

    May 2020 to December 2021

    Students’ support networks during lockdown

  5. Victoria Murphy
  6. Social networks are an invaluable source of support for students; the support received from networks are essential for helping students to maintain mental health during times of stress. In recent months the COVID-19 pandemic has caused society to adapt and change.

    May 2020 to October 2022

    Learning and Development Needs of Autistic Adults Studying STEM Subjects via Distance Learning

  7. Laura Dean
  8. This project looks at the specific learning and development needs of autistic students. Autistic students may have distinct needs there are aspects of their lived experience which can impact their ability to learn.

    July 2020 to October 2021

    Investigation into running course specific taster tutorials within prisons for non-OU students

  9. Colin Blundell
  10. I am an AL in Maths and Engineering and have tutored in many prisons around the North of England. This has entailed visiting the prison education departments to see the relevant OU student.

    July 2020 to December 2022

    Using Learning Logs in SXPS288 – Effectiveness in helping students to reach Learning Outcomes, to enhance and document their employability skills, and raise awareness of opportunities in the space sector

  11. Alan Cayless
  12. SXPS288 is the main experimental module at level 2 on the physical sciences pathways.  The module was substantially rewritten for the 2019J presentation with updated astronomy and physics projects and a completely new planetary science project based around analysis of planetary atmospheres.  Thro

    November 2020 to April 2022

    Understanding the mental health attainment gap in Design modules

  13. Nicole LotzMuriel Sippel
  14. An analysis of E&I’s attainment gap data (Oct 2019) revealed the priority to address the pass rate gaps for learners with mental health (17.7%) issues, physical disabilities (18.6%) and other disabilities (18.9%).

    November 2020 to December 2022

    Exploring the extent of maths anxiety within the STEM Faculty at The Open University

  15. Sue Pawley
  16. Maths Anxiety can be described as “an emotion that blocks a person’s reasoning ability when confronted with a mathematical situation” [Spicer 2004], in an extreme form, “when confronted with a math problem, the sufferer has sweaty palms, is nauseous, has heart palpitations, and experiences paraly

    November 2020 to December 2022

    Understanding the BAME attainment gap at the OU by means of quantitative and qualitative data analytics

  17. Miriam FernandezMartin HlostaTracie Farrell
  18. Data-driven, student-centered approaches can reduce attainment gaps in higher education [1].

    November 2020 to August 2022

    Understanding factors influencing BAME students’ achievements within Engineering and Innovation

  19. Carol MorrisRachel Slater
  20. Students from BAME groups appear to perform less well than their white counterparts across all modules in E&I.

    October 2021 to December 2022