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Technologies for STEM learning

OELAssist - Enhancing the Open Engineering Lab (OEL) Student Experience

  • Dhouha KbaierAndrew Mason
  • We propose the development of OELAssist, a comprehensive system designed to revolutionise the student experience within the Open Engineering Lab (OEL) by addressing challenges faced by students during experiments.

    November 2023 to November 2025

    Does the use of Grammarly impact detection rates from Generative-AI detection tools?

  • Mike Richards
  • Generative AI tools can produce compelling text, even to University assessment questions. Our research has demonstrated that this poses a risk to the OU, as current versions of ChatGPT can produce material sufficient to pass undergraduate modules.

    January 2024 to June 2025

    Transforming learning and assessment through didactic games in virtual calculus classroom

  • Ivan Sudakow Andrey Umerski
  • Didactic games can be a valuable tool that, when coupled with traditional lectures, allows the student to become immersed in the subject, creating a kinetic and energetic environment that will not only help to learn but spark interest in mathematics.

    May 2023 to July 2024

    Exploring the impact of virtual reality on engagement and accessibility of tutorials for students studying S296

  • Sarah DaniellLorraine WatersKatja Rietdorf
  • With many students opting to defer part way through a presentation and fewer attending live tutorials in Adobe Connect (AC), this project proposes to pilot the introduction of a series of four short (20-30 minute) tutorials using the Mozilla Hubs Virtual Reality (VR) platform on S296, Cell and Mo

    May 2023 to September 2024

    The Use of Learning Analytics in STEM over 4 years

  • Tom OlneyCarlton Wood
  • In 2017/2018 the research team completed an eSTEeM project that used a social informatics approach to explore the extent to which, and how, two learning analytics tools (OUA and SPM) were being used in STEM by tutors and presentation module teams.

    May 2022 to January 2024

    OpenSTEM Africa: Ghana - Test and Learn with the University of Cape Coast

  • Kerry Murphy
  • Improving access to STEM education is viewed globally as a route to economic empowerment.

    April 2022 to July 2023

    Modern Container-based Learning Interface and Delivery Infrastructure (MCLIDI)

  • Mark HallSoraya Kouadri Mostéfaoui
  • The Modern Containerised Learning Interface and Delivery Infrastructure project developed and deployed a modern online learning environment and the required delivery infrastructure.

    January 2021 to April 2023

    Remote sighted helper support for visually impaired students: exploring good practice: Stage 1

  • Richard Walker
  • Highly Commended at the 4th eSTEeM Scholarship Projects of the Year Awards 2021 under the category - Enhancing the Student Experience.

    July 2020 to December 2020

    A review of the use of Office 365 and Adobe Connect for active learning by ALs tutoring on T227 and TXY227

  • Katharine Jewitt
  • This scholarship work took place to identify what Open University (OU) approved technologies (Adobe Connect and Microsoft Office 365 applications) are being used by Associate Lecturers (ALs) and explore how and why they are being used for teaching and learning.

    August 2020 to August 2022

    An investigation into the breadth of learning objectives and skills developed in OpenSTEM Labs experiments

  • Helen Lockett
  • Highly Commended at the 6th eSTEeM Scholarship Projects of the Year Awards 2023.

    June 2020 to May 2022

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