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Supporting the student’s learning journey through the transition of mathematics and statistics from level 2 to level 3

  • Alison BromleyRachel HilliamGareth WilliamsGaynor ArrowsmithAlex SiddonsSue Pawley
  • Mathematics and Statistics are linear subjects where success at higher levels depends on firm foundations, it is likened to a carpenter who is only capable of making a beautiful piece of furniture once they understand how a hammer and nail work.

    May 2017 to September 2023

    Investigate how integrating vendor certifications within Computing modules affect student motivation, engagement and employability prospects

  • Amaninder Singh
  • Within many OU Computing modules and microcredentials, vendor certification content is partially integrated, or the modules are created solely based on the vendor qualifications (e.g., Cisco, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Education & Development Group (OpenEDG), EC-Council, Microsoft etc).

    October 2023 to September 2025

    Evaluating community-focussed Informal Workshop Sessions as improvement to the tuition strategy on a core Level 2 Physics module (S217)

  • Adam FreemanAnne-Katrin Klehe
  • The purpose of this project is to investigate how offering informal workshop sessions can improve a sense of community within tutor groups on S217, with the goal of improving student grades and retention on the module.

    May 2023 to September 2025

    Exploring timeliness, positivity and collection rates of TMA feedback

  • Colette Christiansen
  • This project is designed to extend the recently concluded project “Improving student use of feedback on marked TMAs” to analyse in more detail three areas.  The aim and the sub questions we will seek the answers to are set out below.

    July 2023 to September 2024

    Use of OpenLearn materials to improve satisfaction and retention on Degree Apprenticeships in the School of Computing and Communications

  • Stuart Auton
  • Background

    I am the Qualification Lead for the Applied Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship in Wales (R40)1 and the Staff Tutor managing the associated team of Practice Tutors.

    May 2023 to April 2025

    A personal tutor scheme to enhance student retention and improve success

  • Victoria BrownCath Brown
  • Student retention and continuation are key drivers for this project.

    May 2023 to May 2025

    Innovation in online student support

  • Cath BrownSue Pawley
  • Due to the increasing popularity of the Data Science degree, MST224 student numbers have increased significantly.  This has resulted in the employment of significant numbers of ALs, and we would like to use the resultant increase in tutorial time to offer innovative tutorials and enhanced student

    May 2023 to November 2024

    Assessment and Feedback on Introduction of Group Work on M140

  • Ruth Neal Kaustubh Adhikari
  • The aim of this project is to assess the impact on M140 of introducing group work, gain feedback from students and tutors and learn from this experience before rolling this out to all students.

    May 2023 to September 2024

    Team Based Learning tutorials in S248

  • Kate NixonNick Chatterton
  • This project seeks to improve student engagement in tutorials in S248 Chemistry in life: food, water and medicines.

    November 2022 to November 2023

    Ecoanxiety and environmental education: stories, conversations, actions

  • Sarah Davies
  • Ecoanxiety – the distress related to climate and ecological crises – is increasingly recognised in learners by educators (Hickman et al, 2021), in the media (e.g., BBC Ideas 2021, Rannard, 2022) as well as through programmes of advice and education (e.g., Wright, 2022).

    November 2022 to April 2024

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