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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Jenny Duckworth Harriet Kopinska
The level 3 module SDT306 Environment: Responding to Change takes an interdisciplinary approach to the challenges of responding to environmental issues.
August 2021 to December 2022
Nigel Gibson Kate Sim
This project aims to investigate using dynamically shared marking documents to support new tutors. In the process it will also provide this group some additional mentoring, and it allow experienced tutors to reflect on their own work and to share and develop good practice.
October 2021 to April 2023
Anton Dil Sharon Dawes
M250, Object-oriented Java Programming, relaunched in 2021J with new teaching material and a changed assessment strategy in which formative assessment, including coding exercises, is embedded in online teaching material (rather than in separate quizzes or in a textbook) and is marked automaticall
April 2022 to April 2023
Since March 2020, there has been much change in the higher education learning and teaching of the mathematical sciences. With the onset of Covid19, universities have needed to rapidly adapt their to teaching to an online environment.
April 2022 to December 2022
Jonathan Nylk Andy Diament
The aim of this project is to evaluate the level of student engagement with the online quizzes on
S217 Physics: from Classical to Quantum, comparing the current model of assessment with a formative thresholded assessment model which has been shown to have a marked positive impact on stud November 2022 to August 2023
An issue in adoption of online synchronous tutorials (such as OU Live) is that training and development tends to focus on technical usage rather than reflection on teaching practice.
August 2011 to February 2016
SDK125 registrations have increased from <400 students in 2007 to a combined total of >2,000 in dual presentations in 2012/13, but in the last two years, retention has inexplicably fallen from previous sustained levels around the Science average rate.
July 2013 to July 2014
The project analysed VLE data with Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs), in order to identify patterns of behaviour that correlate with the likelihood of a student failing the EMA.
December 2013 to March 2016
The Open University as a distance teaching organisation uses email communication as the main method of communication with students.
December 2014 to December 2015
Ann Walshe Anne-Marie Gallen Highly Commended at the 1st eSTEeM Scholarship Projects of the Year Awards 2018 under the category – Enhancing the Student Experience. March 2015 to July 2017