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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:

  • Access, Participation and Success
  • Innovative assessment
  • Online/onscreen STEM practice
  • 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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    The value to students of drop-in tutorials to support assessment

  1. Maria Townsend
  2. Open University standard online tutorials are generally tutor-led with the tutor setting the agenda and content to be covered. Although they include both presentation and activities, some students are reluctant to actively participate.

    June 2020 to April 2022

    How one module can serve multiple qualifications through tailored implementation of presentation

  3. Carol CalvertRachel Hilliam
  4. Students taking qualifications mainly in science, economics and data sciences are now the majority of the students on a second-year undergraduate statistics course.

    March 2020 to November 2021

    Using Bitesize Videos to Enhance Students’ Experiences in a Level 2 Programming Module

  5. Soraya Kouadri MostéfaouiMark HallMarina Carter
  6. TT284 is a popular level 2 Web technologies module attracting over 1000 students in each presentation.

    April 2020 to November 2023

    Evaluation of Assessment and Tuition Changes for S284 Astronomy

  7. Mark JonesHelen Fraser
  8. Astronomy is a subject area with broad appeal, being a topic of interest both for students intending to specialise in astrophysics and for those who simply wish to know more about our place in the Universe.

    June 2020 to December 2021

    How successfully are students engaging with the Python component of SM123?

  9. Gemma Warriner
  10. SM123: Physics and Space is a Level 1 module aimed at preparing students to study physics, astronomy or planetary science at OU level 2. Most students are not new to the Open University and will have already studied S111: Questions in Science.

    April 2020 to October 2021

    Day time tutorials for apprentices – what is best practice in computing?

  11. Chris ThomsonMarina Carter
  12. At the Open University (OU) we are still learning about the best way to support our apprentice learners in their academic study. Degree Apprentices are learners in full time employment with study funded through the apprenticeship levy and other government sources.

    April 2020 to December 2021

    Encouraging verbal communication in online small-group Maths problem-solving sessions; taking inspiration from individual sessions

  13. Abi Kirk
  14. There is evidence that verbal communication by students in group online tutorials is rare. In contrast, it seems anecdotally that students speak more in individual support sessions online.

    August 2021 to August 2023

    Support for Students. Teaching for Tutors. An Investigation into Ideas on Encouraging Students to Engage

  15. Cathryn Peoples
  16. According to the social constructivist model of learning, social opportunities are considered to be important in an educational experience for their positive influence. The principle is that the learning can be reinforced through the interaction with others.

    August 2020 to March 2022

    Welsh-medium tuition in Level 1 Mathematics/Addysgu Mathemateg Lefel 1 trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg

  17. Andrew PotterDelyth TomosChris Hughes
  18. Welsh-medium education has attracted increased attention over the past 50 years. Much research has been conducted in secondary and higher education contexts, including the teaching and learning of mathematics in Welsh.

    November 2020 to December 2022

    Using knowledge from Associate Lecturers in a Bayesian model to predict the probability of students’ results

  19. Fadlalla Elfadaly
  20. Predicting the passing probabilities of an online module has always been an interest in higher education. It helps in planning, decision making, providing feedback to students and also in helping students work around any difficulties or milestones that are predicted to affect their results.

    November 2020 to December 2022

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