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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Making Connections and Sharing Pedagogy at the Horizons in STEM Conference

Conference report from the 9th Horizons in STEM HE Conference 2024.

4th July 2024

New editions to the eSTEeM project portfolio

Read all about our newest batch of projects.

2nd July 2024

Submissions invited for the 1st eSTEeM Conference Proceedings

Submissions from OU colleagues are invited for eSTEeM's first conference proceedings publication.

7th May 2024

Increasing the Impact of Scholarship at the eSTEeM Annual Conference

Round-up from the 13th eSTEeM Annual Conference 2024.

18th April 2024
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Upcoming Events

Jul 16

Research Approval Advice Drop-in Session

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 - 11:00 to 12:00

Via MS Teams

Contact: SRPP

eSTEeM Connect and Discuss for SoTL projects “speed dating” style

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 - 14:00 to 15:30

Via MS Teams

Contact: eSTEeM

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