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.
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.
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.