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Ms Anna Motzo

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer, Languages (Italian)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Languages
  • a.motzo

Professional biography

I first joined the OU in 2007 as an Associate Lecturer of the Italian Beginners’ module L195 Andante. I then worked as a consultant and author until 2011 when I joined the Department of Languages as Lecturer in Italian; I am currently the chair of the Intermediate Italian  L150 Vivace.  My work focuses primarily on the creation and delivery of online language courses.

Recently I have been responsible for co-developing and co-leading the Open University’s Italian for Beginners MOOC (massive online open course) hosted by FutureLearn.

Prior to teaching at the OU I taught Italian language  to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the vocal department at the Royal Academic of Music and before that I taught in various FE colleges in London.

Research interests

My current research focuses on peer collaborations in informal online learning. I am currently investigating  the use of social media in informal language learning practices.

Other areas of interest include the design of course materials particularly for online settings and within the context of Open Educational Reseources (OERs) and dyslexia learners.

Teaching interests

Self-sustained learning; collaborative learning; online learning environment; informal online learning.


The Language Exchange Programme: plugging the gap in formal learning (2017)
Beaven, Tita; Fuertes Gutierrez, Mara and Motzo, Anna
In: Kan, Qian and Bax, Stephen eds. Beyond the language classroom: researching MOOCS and other innovations ((in print))
Publisher :
Evaluating the effects of a ‘student buddy’ initiative on student engagement and motivation (2016-01-24)
Motzo, Anna
In: Goria, Cecilia; Speicher, Oranna and Stollhans, Sascha eds. Innovative language teaching and learning at university: enhancing participation and collaboration (pp. 19-28)
ISBN : 978-1-908416-31-5 | Publisher : | Published : Dublin, Ireland, Voillans, France
Dyslexia in modern language learning: a case study on collaborative task-design for inclusive teaching and learning in an online context (2015-01-15)
Motzo, Anna and Quattrocchi, Debora
In: Borthwick, Kate; Corradini, Erika and Dickens, Alison eds. 10 years of the LLAS elearning symposium: case studies in good practice (pp. 89-102)
ISBN : 978-1-908416-22-3 | Publisher : | Published : Dublin
The Linkedup Project: an online repository for language teachers (2013)
Motzo, Anna
In: Beaven, Ana; Comas-Quinn, Anna and Sawhill, Barbara eds. Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom (pp. 45-56)
ISBN : 978-1-908416-09-4 | Publisher : | Published : Dublin
Designing OERs to teach Italian pronunciation in an open educational environment: a case study (2013)
Calvi, Anna; Motzo, Anna and Silipo, Sandra
In: Beaven, Ana; Comas-Quinn, Anna and Barbara, Sawhill eds. Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom (pp. 70-82)
ISBN : 978-1-908416-09-4 | Publisher : | Published : Dublin
MOOCs for language learning – opportunities and challenges: the case of the Open University Italian Beginners’ MOOCs (2017-06-28)
Motzo, Anna and Proudfoot, Anna
In : MOOCs, Informal language learning and Mobility (20-21 October 2016, The Open University) (pp. 85-98)


Jenny Simpson

Learning from people: the training method bringing service users and social workers together

Jenny Simpson, Head of Social Work (England), as well as students and staff at the OU are involved in an exciting development in relation to social work education. Mend the Gap is a model for the effective involvement of people who are at the receiving end of services, together with those who provide professional support. Read more about Mend the Gap here

18th April 2018
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