Mrs Diane Butler is currently
Associate Dean Academic Excellence, STEM Faculty and
Director of eSTEeM: the OU centre for STEM pedagogy
Current roles and appointments
Previous roles and appointments
BSc (Hons) Microbiology and Virology, University of Warwick (1985)
PGCE Biology/Science, University of Leeds (1986)
PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Open Univeristy (2002)
MA Online and Distance Learning, Open University (2005)
Higher Education Academy Senior Fellow
My current research interests focus on supporting academics to develop skills relating to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and the delivery of synchronous online tuition in ODL contexts.
Authored resources for SoTL include:
Enhancing Scholarship at the OU - an online toolkit for OU Scholarship and Innovations Centres which describes the approach, the methods and resources successfully used by eSTEeM over the last seven years to facilitate practitioner-led scholarship within STEM.
Recent publications include:
[Editorial] Innovations in STEM distance education Herman, Clem and Butler, Diane (2019). [Editorial] Innovations in STEM distance education. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 34(1) pp. 1–5.
Butler, D.L., Cook, L. Haley-Mirnar, V., Halliwell, C., MacBrayne, L. (2018) Achieving student centred facilitation in online synchronous tutorials. In: 10th EDEN Research Workshop, Oct 2018, Barcelona, Spain
Butler, D.L., Cook, L. Haley-Mirnar, V., Halliwell, C., MacBrayne, L. Synchronous Online Tuition: differences between student and teacher expectations and experiences. In HEA STEM Conference 31 Jan -01 Feb 2018, Newcastle, UK
Butler, D.L., Cook, L. (2017) What drives student participation in online tutorials?. In HEA STEM Conference 01-02 Feb 2017, Manchester, UK
Other research interests focused on a variety of issues in open and distance education including
S290 Level 2 Health Sciences module in production
S201 Science and Society Module Team Member and Author
S294 Cell Biology Module Team Member and Author
SXHL288 Practical Science: Biology and health Module Team Member
S141 Investigative and mathematical skills in science Module Team Chair and Author
SXR103 Practicing Science Module Team Chair/Examination Board Chair and Author
S288 Practical Science Module Team Member
S104 Exploring Science, Module Team Chair/Examination Board Chair and Author
S103 Discovering Science Module team Member
SEH806 Contemporary issues in science learning Module Team Chair/Examination Board Chair
EDEN Research Workshops 2018 (ERW18), Invited expert Round Table "From data use for guidance to guidance for data use - developing data literacy to empower learners" 26.10.2018
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