You are here

  1. Home
  2. Research
  3. Educational Research
  4. Supporting Students

Supporting Students

Virtual microscope image of multicoloured thin section of rock

Supporting students is part of the DNA of EEES educators as they design, author and evaluate the production of our distance learning materials.

We focus on:

  • Developing strategies to support students making the transition from print to online study;
  • Responsive support for students, using the Open edX platform;
  • Exploring students’ experience of online study.

Routine scrutiny of student data and survey feedback highlights areas where potential improvements can be made, prompting research projects that focus on specific aspects of the student experience.

We have explored how students change their learning strategies to adapt for the shift from studying with printed texts and digital media, to wholly online study and how we can use new systems such as Open edX for responsive support.

Other projects have explored different ways that online environments can be exploited to support students’ learning, and how communities of students and tutors support each other.

Projects include:

If you have any questions or want to find out more please contact Fiona Aiken.


Supporting students with dyslexia: an academic’s perspective

10% of the population are dyslexic. My name is Dr Anne Jay, and I am dyslexic. Dyslexia brings challenges that have a considerable impact on OU student success. A key struggle for people with dyslexia is written communication.

20th March 2023

Celebrating Graduation in Manchester

On 22 November Professors Clare Warren, Mark Brandon and Richard Holliman, and Dr Barbara Kunz travelled to Manchester for an OU Graduation Ceremony.

29th November 2022

EEES researcher to lead £800k project to improve global climate change predictions

An EEES researcher is leading a new Natural Environmental Research Council-funded project to improve our ability to predict climate change using cutting-edge analysis of fossilised algae molecules. 

15th November 2022
See all