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eSTEeM Projects

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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    Associate Lecturer Disability Champion scheme at the Open University (E&I-STEM)

  1. Elouise HuxorTheodora PhilcoxLisa Bowers
  2. This project originated from E&I staff tutors who noticed Associate Lecturer’s (AL’s) increased day to day requests for additional and up-to-date disability and mental health training and support to maintain their high pedagogic standards.

    December 2020 to December 2022

    Accessibility of Jupyter Notebooks on M269

  3. Alexis LansburySharon Dawes
  4. M269 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 2022

    Evaluation and improvement of print packs use for Environmental Science students

  5. Fiona AikenChris Hutton
  6. 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

    Typical Support Seeking Behaviour of STEM Students, their Outcomes and Successes

  7. Paul CollierFiona Aiken
  8. 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

    Impact of introducing new practical and dataset project options to the science undergraduate capstone project module (S390)

  9. Hannah GauciJulie RobsonJanette Wallace
  10. S390 is the undergraduate science capstone project module.

    April 2021 to June 2023

    Understanding how our assessment contributes to retention and awarding gaps for black students on LHCS modules

  11. Jane LoughlinDuncan BanksEleanor Crabb
  12. The aim of this project is to investigate factors contributing to the retention and awarding gaps observed for black students (and other minority ethnic groups) on LHCS modules, with a focus on assessment design and module assessment strategy.

    April 2021 to December 2023

    Black student experience and outcomes on S112: improving a level 1 STEM module

  13. Louise MacBrayneJennie Bellamy
  14. Winner of the 8th Best Poster Competition at the 12th eSTEeM Annual Conference, 19-20 April 2023.

    November 2020 to June 2022

    An evaluation of use and impact of zero grades in assessment; are we being consistent, fair, and transparent?

  15. Karen NewFiona Moorman
  16. Assessment is at the core of teaching and learning at the Open University.  It is used to measure student learning against institutional and AQA standards and, most importantly, assessment has a pivotal role in consolidating student understanding and in supporting progression along their learning

    June 2021 to December 2023

    Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minority students’ study experience and awarding gap (A case study of Level 1 C&C Open University Modules)

  17. Dhouha KbaierSoraya Kouadri MostéfaouiAnnemarie Kane
  18. The aim of this project is to study, analyse and evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minority students’ study experience and awarding gap at level 1 on the core modules in C&C.

    October 2021 to September 2023