Centre for Scholarship and Innovation

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Welcome to eSTEeM

Centre for Scholarship and Innovation

eSTEeM is the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Centre for Scholarship and Innovation based at The Open University. Established in 2010, eSTEeM brings together STEM academic, academic-related staff and students to promote the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) in open and distance learning.

Our portfolio of projects includes work on assessment, technologies for STEM learning and improved methods of student support. Many of our scholarship projects focus on how we can enhance the student experience with an increasing number investigating and evaluating innovative approaches to teaching and learning in STEM.

What is scholarship?

Scholarship refers to a set of activities which lead to evidence-informed innovation that will enhance teaching and learning for the benefit of students. 

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is important in three respects:

For students allowing us to systematically evaluate our teaching to improve the quality of student learning;

For academic disciplines and institutions ensuring that we base innovation and future development on robust evaluation and enabling our teaching and learning to be recognised externally for its excellence and impact;

For practitioners allowing staff to develop their professional practice in the field of teaching and learning. 

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in STEM Badged Open Course

This free Badged Open Course provides a toolkit for conducting Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in STEM.

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eSTEeM Call for Scholarship Proposals January 2024

Welcome to our 24th call for scholarship and innovation projects.

22nd January 2024

The 13th eSTEeM Annual Conference 2024: Call for abstracts now open

Call for abstracts for the 2024 conference now open.

5th December 2023

New eSTEeM projects now up and running

Read all about our latest projects.

30th November 2023

Putting Scholarship Centre Stage at ISSOTL 2023

Report from the ISSOTL 2023 Conference.

20th November 2023
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Upcoming Events

Mar 19

Research Approval Advice Drop-in Session

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 11:00 to 12:00

Via MS Teams

Contact: SRPP

Apr 10

The 13th eSTEeM Annual Conference 2024: Sharing Scholarship and Best Practice – Implementing What Works

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 09:00 to Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 16:00

Walton Hall and via MS Teams

Contact: eSTEeM

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