Enhancing Systems Thinking in Practice at the Workplace: eSTEeM final report

Reynolds, Martin; Shah, Rupesh; Wedlock, Elaine; Ison, Ray and Blackmore, Christine (2016). Enhancing Systems Thinking in Practice at the Workplace: eSTEeM final report. The OU Centre for STEM Pedagogy.

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The primary aim of the inquiry in this report was to seek ways of bridging the gap between the largely ‘conceptual’ world of distance teaching and learning at postgraduate level, and the more ‘practical’ world of applying learning experiences in the workplace. The project aimed to design a learning system for transforming the ‘threats’ of a gap between postgraduate study experiences and post‐study work experiences into ‘opportunities’ for radical pedagogic adaptation and (re)design. One such course where the gap is evident is with the postgraduate suite of qualifications in Systems Thinking in Practice (STiP) launched at the OU in 2010.

The eSTEeM project was an 18‐month systemic inquiry beginning January 2014 initiated by a core team of 5 academics associated with the production and presentation of the postgraduate programme in Systems Thinking in Practice (STiP). The inquiry comprised a series of online interviews over two phases, and a workshop held in London Regional Office in May 2015. There were 33 interviews in total, including interviews with 10 postgraduate students undertaking core modules associated with the STiP programme, 8 STiP alumni, 8 employers of STiP alumni, and 7 Associate Lecturers teaching on the STiP programme. The one‐day workshop involved 41 participants including members of the core eSTEeM team, all interviewees from both initial phases, along with other special guests invited on the basis of their involvement, support and interest for the STiP programme.

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