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