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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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 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
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
The Floodplain Meadows Partnership (FMP), hosted by the Open University, has been collecting data on the rare Snakeshead fritillary plant at a National Nature Reserve (North Meadow, Cricklade, Wilts) since 1999, using volunteers.
February 2012 to February 2014
The Floodplain Meadows Partnership (FMP), hosted by the Open University, has been collecting data on the rare plant species snake’s-head fritillary at a National Nature Reserve (North Meadow, Cricklade, Wilts) since 1999, using volunteers.
January 2015 to June 2018
We have previously undertaken simple questionnaires to gain feedback about the training, but we would like to develop this further and in-more depth to answer the following questions:
May 2019 to December 2021
The OpenScience Laboratory (OSL) was launched in July 2013 with generous funding from the Wolfson Foundation and significant investment from The Open University.
July 2013 to July 2014
Simon Collinson Catherine Halliwell
Online teaching enables students to study from all around the globe to produce a diverse student cohort. As UK universities expand online provision and target international students key questions arise:
June 2012 to June 2013
Engaging Opportunities was funded by RCUK from 2013-2016 as one of 12 School-University Partnerships (
). SUPI January 2013 to December 2016