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Mr Fernando Rosell-Aguilar

Fernando Rosell-Aguilar

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer (Spanish)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Languages
  • fernando.rosell-aguilar

Professional biography

Senior Lecturer in Spanish, School of Languages and Applied Linguistics.

Open Media Fellow for the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics and the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport.

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

I have been involved in research on learning and teaching for a number of years. One of my main interests is online language learning. I have worked on a number of studies on online learning environments (such as synchronous audio-graphic conferencing) and I am particularly interested in task design, tutor and student impresions of online learning and the affordances of such environments. Lately, my research has focused on the use of podcasting, mobile apps and Twitter for language learning. I am also interested in Online Information Literacy and carried out research on learner attitudes towards the Web as a language learning tool. My research interests also include the use of Open Educational Resourcers.

I regularly give papers at national and international conferences and I have published journal articles and book chapters. I am a member of the Open Languages Research Group (OLRG).

For peer-reviewed publications please see the "publications" tab.

Teaching interests

Since joining the Open University, I have been involved in all Spanish courses as well as courses in the French, Italian and English sections. This has included producing new courses as well as in the running of existing courses, including assessment and monitoring of tutors; currently I chair the Level 2 course "Viento en popa". My responsibilities also include coordinating the OU Spanish Residential Schools in the UK site and both Alicante and Santiago de Compostela in Spain, as well as tutoring and acting as course director. I have played a major role in introducing online tuition in several Spanish courses, including the first beginners online-taught course LZX194. I gained an OU Teaching Award (2004) for "the development of innovative online audiographic language teaching materials and their delivery strategy". My involvement has included task design, developmental testing, tutor training and the delivery and assessment strategy, as well as being a member of the departmental VLE Group.

I have co-ordinated the development of VLE tools such as the audio recording tool. I have also co-ordinated the production and delivery of language materials on iTunes U at the OU.

I am the current liaison between the department of languages and the Knowledge Media Institute for development of iTunes apps.

As Open Media for the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, I contribute to the Open University's production of Open Media for mass consumption. This includes materials for OpenLearn, iTunes U, YouTube and other platforms, MOOCs for FutureLearn, and production of TV programmes for the BBC and other channels.


Autonomous language learning through a mobile application: a user evaluation of the busuu app (2018-11-02)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando
Computer Assisted Language Learning, 31(8) (pp. 854-881)
Twitter: A Professional Development and Community of Practice Tool for Teachers (2018)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando
Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 1, Article 6
State of the App: A Taxonomy and Framework for Evaluating Language Learning Mobile Applications (2017)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando
CALICO Journal, 34(2) (pp. 243-258)
Design and user evaluation of a mobile app to teach Chinese characters (2015-04)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando and Kan, Qian
JALT CALL Journal, 11, Article 2(1) (pp. 19-40)
Podcasting as a mobile learning technology: a study of iTunes U Learners (2015)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando
International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL), 7, Article 4(1) (pp. 41-60)
Podcasting for language learning through iTunes U: the learner’s view (2013-10)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando
Language Learning & Technology, 17(3) (pp. 74-93)
Delivering unprecedented access to learning through podcasting as OER, but who's listening? A profile of the external iTunes U user (2013-09)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando
Computers & Education, 67, Article CAE 2356 (pp. 121-129)
Top of the Pods - In search of a podcasting “podagogy” for language learning (2007)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando
Computer Assisted Language Learning, 20(5) (pp. 471-492)
Changing tutor roles in online tutorial support for Open Distance Learning through audio-graphic SCMC (2007)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando
JALT CALL Journal, 3(1-2) (pp. 81-94)
The face-to-face and the online learner: a comparative study of tutorial support for Open and Distance Language Learning and the learner experience with audio-graphic SCMC (2006-12)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando
The Reading Matrix, 6(3) (pp. 248-268)
Online tutorial support in open distance learning through audio-graphic SCMC: tutor impressions (2006-08)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando
JALT-CALL Journal, 2(2) (pp. 37-52)
Task design for audiographic conferencing: promoting beginner oral interaction in distance language learning (2005-12)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando
Computer Assisted Language Learning, 18(5) (pp. 417-442)
WELL done and well liked: online information literacy skills and learner impressions of the web as a resource for foreign language learning (2004-05)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando
ReCALL, 16(1) (pp. 210-224)
Twitter as a formal and informal language learning tool: from potential to evidence (2018-06-04)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando
In: Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando; Beaven, Tita and Fuertes Gutierrez, Mara eds. Innovative language teaching and learning at university: integrating informal learning into formal language education (pp. 99-106)
ISBN : 978-2-490057-09-2 | Publisher :
Design and user evaluation of a mobile app to teach Chinese characters. (2016)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando and Kan, Qian
In: Palalas, Agnieszka and Ally, Mohamed eds. The International Handbook of Mobile-Assisted Language Learning. (pp. 399-434)
ISBN : 978-7-304--07464-7 | Publisher : China Central Radio & TV University Press | Published : Beijing
User evaluation of language learning mobile applications: a case study with learners of Spanish (2016)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando
In: Palalas, Agnieszka and Ally, Mohamed eds. The International Handbook of Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (pp. 545-581)
ISBN : 978-7-304-07464-7 | Publisher : China Central Radio & TV University Press | Published : Beijing
Podcasting as a language teaching and learning tool (2015-01)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando
In: Borthwick, Kate; Corradini, Erika and Dickens, Alison eds. 10 Years of the LLAS elearning Symposium: Case Studies in Good Practice (pp. 31-39)
ISBN : 978-1-908416-23-0 | Publisher : | Published : Dublin, Ireland; Voillans, France
Podcasting for language learning: re-examining the potential (2009)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando
In: Lomicka, Lara and Lord, Gillian eds. The Next Generation: Social Networking and Online Collaboration in Foreign Language Learning (pp. 13-34)
ISBN : 5122451419 | Publisher : Calico, Texas, USA | Published : San Marco
Using ICT to support your language learning (2005-07-14)
Shield, Lesley; Rossade, Klaus-Dieter; Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando and Beaven, Tita
In: Hurd, Stella and Murphy, Linda eds. Success with Languages (pp. 161-184)
ISBN : 9780415368377 | Publisher : Routledge in association with the Open University Press | Published : Oxford
Electronic literacy with and attitudes towards the web as a resource for foreign language learning (2003)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando
In: Piqué-Angordans, Jordi; Esteve, Marie Jose and Gea-Valor, Maria Lluisa eds. Internet in language for specific purposes and foreign language teaching competence. Col-lecció Estudis Filològics (15) (pp. 423-444)
ISBN : 8480214406 | Publisher : Publicacions de la Universitat Jaume I | Published : Castelló de la Plana, Spain
Innovative Language Teaching And Learning At University: Integrating Informal Learning Into Formal Language Education (2018-06-04)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando; Beaven, Tita and Fuertes Gutierrez, Mara eds.
ISBN : 978-2-490057-11-5 | Publisher :
iTunes y podcasting como herramientas para el aprendizaje de segundas lenguas (2013-01)
Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando
In : II Encuentro para profesores de centros universitarios y centros de formadores ELE de Londres (26 Jun 2012, University of Westminster, London) (pp. 88-103)


The Open University joins programme promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights in crisis hit countries

The Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies Faculty has announced its commitment to a new multi-million pound Government funded consortium within the UK Aid Connect programme to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

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