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Research-Inspired Inquiry-Led Learning Projects 2020

Research-Inspired Inquiry-Led Learning 2020

From March-July 2020, the Education Incubator was delighted to be able to fund six projects that prioritised Research-Inspired Inquiry-Led Learning. They built on the five (RIIL) projects that were funded in 2019.

Mobile Learning for Mathematics

Layal Hakim (CEMPS)

The Mobile Learning (M-Learning) project aims to create a mobile application to initially use to build a platform for students to learn and revise 'on the go.' The mobile application will be used to integrate a variety of materials for Stage 1 modules to improve student engagement. These include module summaries, personal photos storage, upcoming lecture plans, as well as providing ways to provide course feedback.


Creating a new Environment & Climate Emergency mandatory training resource for all students

Joel Smith

In response to the University of Exeter’s Environment and Climate Emergency (E&CE) announcement in 2019, this project aims to provide content to train students about the project, through a combination of desk-based research and consultation with students, staff, and other partners. It will be rolled out by September 2020.


Penryn Geo-Observatory

Clemens Ullmann (CEMPS)

The project aims to capture and monitor environmental data and research-led teaching by creating a Geo-Observatory at the Penryn campus, capitalising on its unique surroundings and status as an internationally excellent research hub. The collected data will be analysed with students and used to create online resources for students and researchers to access.


Future Food for Families: Creating family-friendly educational resources about sustainable diets

Natalia Lawrence (CLES)

The project will create a series of educational resources about the Future Food MOOC through working with students on existing modules around sustainable foodThrough a collaboration with the community organisation ‘Kid’s Kitchen, a series of practical sessions will be delivered online for school children and their families, helping them gain a better understanding of sustainable diets and how to implement them into their day-to-day lives. 


Sustainability Assessment Tool for Green Consultants

Helen Hicks 

The project will identify a standard sustainability assessment tool/app to be used by all Green Consultants to assess the carbon footprint of different types of organisations. This tool will then be used by our interns on the Green Consultants programme next year to work with small businesses and organisations to implement practical solutions to improve their sustainability. 

(Green Consultants in an award-winning employability programme which enables students to attend a training programme and execute an environmental consultancy project on campus then complete an internship in an external organisation).


Students as Co-Researchers: A new digital technology learning model as a response to the COVID-19 virus and similar potential future threats

Pascal Stiefenhofer (UEBS)

The project was created in response to the COVID-19 virus and aims to create guidance and resources on how to engage students digitally as co-researchers in interdisciplinary and international initiatives. The guidance and publications that come from this project will outline methods that universities can use to engage students in innovative and creative ways when redesigning their curriculum.