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
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Soraya Kouadri Mostéfaoui
Nowadays, new digital technologies provide educators with increasingly diverse opportunities for assessing students’ understanding through media other than conventional text – for example web pages, videos, posters, PowerPoint presentations, podcasts and graphics, all of which can be submitted el
April 2011 to January 2013
This project centres around an online collaborative activity which was adapted from a face-to-face tutorial activity developed for students on S366 (Evolution). In the activity, students each provided data, and suggestions about its interpretation, by contributing to a series of wiki pages. The
August 2011 to February 2017
Many Science Faculty modules have moved from their previous summative continuous assessment to formative but thresholded continuous assessment. The aim of the project was to evaluate this Faculty-wide change in practice.
May 2013 to September 2014
John Woodthorpe Jim Donohue
This project built on previous work between MCT and WELS (formally FELS) on language use and student attainment at level 1, including in the production of TU100.
December 2013 to May 2016
Sally Jordan Sarah Allman Claire Rostron This project is funded by the OU's Study Experience Programme New Models of Assessment and Tuition Project. January 2014 to October 2014
Claire Kotecki Prithvi Shrestha
This project aimed to understand assessment and how it is communicated to students in Level 1 Science with application across STEM subjects.
June 2015 to August 2019
This project used analytics information to investigate student engagement with, and attitudes towards, the online interactive quizzes that form part of S217
Physics: from Classical to Quantum. January 2016 to August 2016
Hayley Ryder Highly Commended at the 3rd eSTEeM Scholarship Projects of the Year Awards 2020 under the category - Innovative/Original Approach to Teaching. October 2016 to November 2019
Paul Piwek Simon Savage
This project came out of some of the insights gained from a previous project we carried out for the Institute of Coding. In that project we looked at student discussions around quizzes they completed as part of their studies.
June 2019 to June 2022
Katja Rietdorf Jane Loughlin
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