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Supporting students

All change, but does tuition in cluster groups work?

  • Helen Jefferis
  • In recent years tutors have been asked to commit to a timetable of tutorials some time before the start of a module so that a full list of available tutorials can be provided to students as soon as they start their studies.

    October 2019 to September 2021

    Supporting student academic skills development - an evaluation of an English for Academic Purposes pilot

  • Jo FayramJohn Woodthorpe
  • Highly Commended at the 5th eSTEeM Scholarship Projects of the Year Awards 2022.

    October 2019 to December 2021

    Are You Ready for Your Studies - Are we Assessing Students Readiness? An evaluation of the usefulness of the Level 2 ARFY quizzes

  • Soraya Kouadri MostéfaouiOli Howson
  • The Are You Ready for Your Studies Quizzes have recently been implemented to help students decide whether they are ready to study a module.

    November 2019 to September 2022

    Investigating the perceived benefits to computing students of remote pair programming

  • Janet HughesAnn Walshe
  • Winner of the 5th eSTEeM Scholarship Projects of the Year Awards 2022.

    October 2019 to October 2021

    Are virtual visits an effective way of engaging learners?

  • David ConwayChristine GardnerJanet Hughes
  • Winner of the 5th Best Poster Competition at the 9th eSTEeM Annual Conference, 29-30 April 2020.

    December 2019 to November 2021

    Can a new OU Study App enhance the learning experience of students on S350, an online only module?

  • Simon CollinsonRachel McMullanCatherine Halliwell
  • In 2019 twenty-one modules volunteered to pilot a new OU Study App (The Open University, 2019); since January 2021 all module websites are available.

    October 2019 to April 2021

    Learning behaviours and successful outcomes in STEM students

  • Elizabeth EllisAlice Gallagher
  • Since 2016 the Learning Innovation team has been engaged in a series of research activities designed to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying study habits and learning behaviour of OU students, in order to inform the future development of pedagogy, systems, tools and platforms. Potential

    October 2019 to December 2020

    Do OU students understand the Learning Outcomes on courses in general and in T176, T192, T193, T194 in particular?

  • Alan Yate
  • Anecdotal evidence from ALs tutoring on some Level 1 Engineering modules seems to show that students on Engineering modules do not fully engage with the Learning Outcomes (LOs).

    June 2019 to August 2021

    Personalised Student Support Plans: Examining the Effectiveness of Support Recommendations made by Students

  • Cathryn Peoples
  • The literature suggests that students want more from academic staff, from desiring to be treated with explicit respect [[i]] to being co-creators of their teaching and learning material [[ii]] [[iii]].

    June 2019 to January 2021

    Online module forums: espoused, actual and improved

  • Barbara Jones
  • The main goal was to analyse what actually occurred in the T313 and T317 TMA and EMA forums and to make comparisons between them with a view to

    July 2020 to July 2021