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
Online/onscreen STEM practice
Technologies for STEM learning
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Miriam Fernandez Martin Hlosta Tracie Farrell Highly Commended at the 6th eSTEeM Scholarship Projects of the Year Awards 2023. November 2020 to August 2022
Carol Morris Rachel Slater
Students from BAME groups appear to perform less well than their white counterparts across all modules in E&I.
October 2021 to December 2023
Hayley Ryder TC O'Neil
Issue: student well-being and anxiety. Accessibility of tutorial type resources.
Many students experiencing problems with abstract mathematics either already experience maths anxiety or develop it. They can also lack self-efficacy and mathematical resilience.
November 2020 to September 2023
Cathy Smith Charlotte Lighter
This report focusses on an in‐depth study of 12 students identified as ‘improvers’ in Mathematics Education modules.
December 2020 to September 2023
This project will take an intersectional approach and examine the student experience from the combined perspectives of BAME and disability as many students fall into more than one of these categories: in 2019 there were 10,543 students registered in STEM of which 1,246 were BAME and 2,079 were re
October 2021 to May 2023
Decolonising the curriculum (DTC) is a university-wide initiative within the broader decolonising the university (DTU) project overseen by the EDI Dean with mandate from the VC. The current focus of DTC work in the STEM faculty is on Level 1 modules in all schools.
June 2021 to February 2023
Elouise Huxor Theodora Philcox Lisa Bowers
The Disability Champion project was a pilot programme to support ALs in their teaching of students in design with disability flags given that the proportion of students within this group has been steadily rising over recent years.
December 2020 to December 2022
Alexis Lansbury Sharon Dawes
Algorithms, data structures and computability is being rewritten and will include all teaching and assessment materials in Jupyter notebooks rather than the OU’s VLE interface. April 2021 to September 2023
Fiona Aiken Chris Hutton
There is a legal requirement (Equality Act, 2010) to provide students who have declared disabilities with reasonable adjustments which address their learning needs.
October 2021 to October 2023
Paul Collier Fiona Aiken
The importance of personal, non-academic support of students especially in a distance learning environment is well documented in the literature.
April 2021 to March 2022