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Supporting students

Can an asynchronous student conference in Open Studio develop students’ critical evaluation skills?

  • Catherine HalliwellJenny Duckworth
  • The level 3 module Evaluating Contemporary Science (S350), helps students learn, develop and apply important key skills such as evaluation of current science research and communication of these findings to different audiences, along with professional skills such as time-management, giving constru

    May 2019 to April 2022

    How are students using extensions and what is the impact on success?

  • Catherine HalliwellCath Brown
  • Winner of the 5th eSTEeM Scholarship Projects of the Year Awards 2022.

    May 2019 to November 2021

    Strategies to support students and tutors with online collaborative projects: an action research project

  • Shirley EvansWinston GrahamManish Malik
  • Development of group working skills is important both in terms of employability and as part of a collaborative learning approach but students may not always recognise the importance of it.

    September 2019 to September 2020

    Improving success and satisfaction of credit transfer students entering L3 modules in Science

  • Eleanor CrabbJane Loughlin
  • Credit transfer students are often regarded as having the potential to succeed in distance learning.

    May 2019 to December 2021

    Disproved predictions of at-risk students: Some students fail despite doing well, others succeed despite predicted as at-risk

  • Martin Hlosta
  • Most of the research around the identification of at-risk students and the prediction of their performance using Machine Learning focuses on developing the most accurate model.

    April 2019 to October 2020

    Online peer mentoring at scale: Benefits and impacts from a student buddy perspective

  • Julie RobsonChris Hutton
  • The project aims to evaluate student buddy experience on S112, S(XF)206, S209 and S390 in EEES to understand the drivers behind volunteering, impacts on employability and whether sustainable communities of buddies can be fostered.

    July 2019 to January 2023

    Qualification Study websites: uptake and practice

  • Georgy Holden
  • This project sought to understand how the subject sites are being used and how they are perceived by students. The project took the approach of looking at all of the undergraduate subject sites in STEM.

    May 2019 to February 2021

    The Mathematics and Statistics Community of Learners

  • Rachel Hilliam
  • The Mathematics and Statistics Study Site was created in September 2017 and was one of a number of pilot study sites in the OU. Many of the resources on the site have grown out of smaller scholarship projects.

    May 2019 to December 2020

    Evaluating the level 1 engineering tutors resource

  • Anne-Marie GallenClare Reger
  • Reusability is a key concept for educators. For many of the associate lectures at the Open University, the group tuition policy has resulted in repetition of tutorial structure and delivery with ALs across clusters giving similar tutorials on the same topics at similar times.

    March 2019 to October 2019

    Summer Series of Journal Clubs: an opportunity to develop employability skills and a sense of community amongst students in secure environments

  • Karen NewFiona MoormanHannah Gauci
  • In keeping with the ethos ‘open to all’, The Open University (OU) has provided higher education opportunities to students in secure environments (SiSE) for over 40 years, currently reaching over 150 secure environments (Open University, 2020).

    June 2019 to January 2021

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