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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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    Evaluating the increase in student wellbeing brought about by informal online sessions and computer generated worked examples on a level 3 pure maths module

  1. Hayley RyderTC O'Neil
  2. Issue: student well-being and anxiety. Accessibility of tutorial type resources.

    Many students experiencing problems with abstract mathematics either already experience maths anxiety or develop it. They can also lack self-efficacy and mathematical resilience.

    November 2020 to September 2023

    Effective support for reflective writing: learning from improvers

  3. Charlotte WebbCathy Smith
  4. Mathematics Education modules involve reflective writing, a form that applies academic analysis to personal practice and is common in professional disciplines.

    December 2020 to December 2022

    Barriers and enablers to higher education: the experiences of disabled students from minority cultural backgrounds

  5. Chris Corcoran
  6. This project will take an intersectional approach and examine the student experience from the combined perspectives of BAME and disability as many students fall into more than one of these categories: in 2019 there were 10,543 students registered in STEM of which 1,246 were BAME and 2,079 were re

    October 2021 to October 2022

    Assessing the impact of skills development through formative assessment on student retention and success in S294

  7. Katja RietdorfJane Loughlin
  8. This project will investigate the impact on student performance and module results of engagement with specific question types in formative assessment and with resources designed to support skills development. Specifically, we will analyse if:

    September 2021 to May 2022

    Decolonising Computing: A Resource for Educators

  9. Mustafa Ali
  10. Decolonising the curriculum (DTC) is a university-wide initiative within the broader decolonising the university (DTU) project overseen by the EDI Dean with mandate from the VC. The current focus of DTC work in the STEM faculty is on Level 1 modules in all schools.

    June 2021 to November 2022

    Associate Lecturer Disability Champion scheme at the Open University (E&I-STEM)

  11. Elouise HuxorTheo PhilcoxLisa Bowers
  12. This project originated from E&I staff tutors who noticed Associate Lecturer’s (AL’s) increased day to day requests for additional and up-to-date disability and mental health training and support to maintain their high pedagogic standards.

    December 2020 to December 2022

    Accessibility of Jupyter Notebooks on M269

  13. Alexis LansburySharon Dawes
  14. M269 Algorithms, data structures and computability is being rewritten and will include all teaching and assessment materials in Jupyter notebooks rather than the OU’s VLE interface.

    April 2021 to September 2022

    Evaluation and improvement of print packs use for Environmental Science students

  15. Fiona AikenChris Hutton
  16. There is a legal requirement (Equality Act, 2010) to provide students who have declared disabilities with reasonable adjustments which address their learning needs.

    October 2021 to October 2023

    Typical Support Seeking Behaviour of STEM Students, their Outcomes and Successes

  17. Paul CollierFiona Aiken
  18. The importance of personal, non-academic support of students especially in a distance learning environment is well documented in the literature.

    April 2021 to March 2022

    Impact of introducing new practical and dataset project options to the science undergraduate capstone project module (S390)

  19. Hannah GauciJulie RobsonJanette Wallace
  20. S390 is the undergraduate science capstone project module.

    April 2021 to June 2023