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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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    Perceptions, Expectations and Experience of Group Tuition: towards a shared understanding amongst stakeholders (part II: the student perspective)

  1. Anne CampbellMark JonesAnne-Marie Gallen
  2. In our January 2015 eSTEeM proposal, we asked the question ‘What is tuition: do our students expect from tuition

    May 2018 to September 2022

    Early start MU123

  3. Carol CalvertLuay Salman
  4. A flexible start programme was introduced in July- September 2018 for the MU123 18J presentation. There was a high take up from students with just under 200 students participating, which was 43% of those offered a place, and this meant that the programme was full to capacity.

    July 2018 to May 2020

    Usage of Early Alerts Indicators on two level 1 modules

  5. Carol CalvertAlison BromleyChris Hughes
  6. The Open University (UK) has developed two systems of predictive modelling to identify students at risk.

    November 2018 to December 2019

    Associate Lecturer Reflections on Student Perceptions of Usefulness of Level 1 Service Mathematics

  7. Andrew PotterGerry Golding
  8. Investigations into students’ attitudes toward mathematics learning is well documented in the literature. The student’s perception of the usefulness of his/her mathematical studies to his/her chosen degree pathway can affect retention rates, as well as progression in later STEM study.

    May 2019 to December 2021

    STEM ISSS - where are we now? Evaluating awareness, usage and effectiveness of individual student support sessions

  9. Fiona MoormanKaren New
  10. Our distance learning students study in isolation and are an increasingly diverse cohort, many with disabilities and balancing work, family and caring commitments alongside study workload, with many students opting to study at high intensity with potential overlap between J and B presentations.

    May 2019 to December 2021

    Evaluating student perspectives of different types of learning events provided on SDK228, a level 2 LHCS module

  11. Janette Wallace
  12. SDK228, Science of the mind: Investigating mental health was a level two interdisciplinary Life, Health and Chemical Science (LHCS) module that attracted students from a variety of backgrounds including health and natural sciences, health and social care, nursing, psychology and counselling.

    April 2019 to October 2021

    Summer Series of Journal Clubs: an opportunity to develop employability skills and a sense of community amongst students in secure environments

  13. Karen NewFiona MoormanHannah Gauci
  14. In keeping with the ethos ‘open to all’, The Open University (OU) has provided higher education opportunities to students in secure environments (SiSE) for over 40 years, currently reaching over 150 secure environments (Open University, 2020).

    June 2019 to January 2021

    Evaluating the level 1 engineering tutors resource

  15. Anne-Marie GallenClare Reger
  16. Reusability is a key concept for educators. For many of the associate lectures at the Open University, the group tuition policy has resulted in repetition of tutorial structure and delivery with ALs across clusters giving similar tutorials on the same topics at similar times.

    March 2019 to October 2019

    The Mathematics and Statistics Community of Learners

  17. Rachel Hilliam
  18. The Mathematics and Statistics Study Site was created in September 2017 and was one of a number of pilot study sites in the OU. Many of the resources on the site have grown out of smaller scholarship projects.

    May 2019 to December 2020

    Qualification Study websites: uptake and practice

  19. Georgy Holden
  20. This project sought to understand how the subject sites are being used and how they are perceived by students. The project took the approach of looking at all of the undergraduate subject sites in STEM.

    May 2019 to February 2021

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