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Improving retention through small interventions: The U101 postcard project

  • Theodora PhilcoxElouise Huxor
  • This project aims to improve student retention on U101, Design thinking. U101 is a gateway Level 1 design module and part of Q61 in Engineering and Innovation (E&I).

    November 2022 to January 2024

    Building a sense of community in a core 2nd level Physics module (S217) and investigating qualitatively its effect on retention

  • Anne-Katrin Klehe
  • Retention on S217 (Physics: from classical to quantum) is a problem, with 30-40% of student withdrawing over the course of the module. Initial analysis of historic data (15J to 21J) shows that nearly half of the official withdrawals happen before Christmas (wk 10/11 of the module).

    November 2022 to October 2023

    Piloting Skills for Biologists sessions for biology students

  • Janet Haresnape
  • This project aims to evaluate a planned programme of events which:

    June 2022 to August 2022

    What is known about how to write online exams and how to prepare students for them?

  • Martin Braun
  • When the Covid pandemic affected education, universities around the globe had to move not only their content delivery online, but also their assessments.

    April 2022 to December 2022

    Can we reduce anxiety of students sitting remote exams? Sharing best practice between SPS and LHCS

  • Gemma WarrinerFiona MoormanBecca Whitehead
  • Many SPS and LHCS students reported anxiety concerning the 20J exams on module forums, and also in conversation with SST Advisors.

    April 2022 to December 2023

    Postcard Confessions: Deepening Understanding of Students via their Hopes and Dreams

  • James WarrenGeorgy Holden
  • We think that we know our students, but do we fully understand their hopes the reality of their daily lives?

    April 2022 to June 2023

    Understanding Passive Withdrawals on S111

  • Victoria PearsonLinda MooreMaria Velasco-Garcia
  • In every presentation of S111, there has been a percentage of students who remain registered until the end of the module but have had limited or even no engagement with the module content and assessment.  In some cases, they may have never logged on to the VLE at all despite attempts from ALs and

    April 2022 to December 2023

    Writing retreats for level 1 students

  • Victoria NicholasPaul Collier
  • Students frequently cite time pressure as a challenge to successful study.

    August 2022 to August 2023

    Understanding the postgraduate research student experience in a culture of collaborative leadership

  • Ann Grand
  • How leaders choose to lead inevitably has impacts on those who follow them. From the beginning of AstrobiologyOU, its directors have aspired to lead the group collaboratively.

    April 2022 to April 2023

    Exploring a Peer Support Structure for Jupyter Notebooks and R on M348 (Applied Statistical Modelling)

  • Jotham Gaudoin
  • M348 (Applied Statistical Modelling) is a new module in applied statistics that will involve developing skills in the R software package via the use of Jupyter notebooks. It is a compulsory module for students on several qualifications and these students have a range of different backgrounds.

    April 2022 to July 2023