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Mrs Helene Pulker

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer (French)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Languages
  • helene.pulker

Professional biography

I have been a member of the Department of Languages at the Open University since June 2005. I was first employed as a Staff Tutor for the West Midlands region. In this role, I was responsible for the recruitment and training of a team of language tutors who deliver courses in that region.

Before joining the OU, I was a senior Lecturer in French at the University of Derby managing French modules on the undergraduate programmes. I was also responsible for the design and delivery of in-company training programmes in French, German and Spanish.

I am now a Lecturer in French, and the Head of French based in the central academics office at Milton Keynes. I have been working on the re-write of several French modules for the last eight years or so. I am the module team chair of the Beginners French module, Bon Départ. 

Research interests

My research interests include the reuse of Open Educational Resources (OER) by language practitioners and the development of MOOCs. I am also interested in issues related to distance and online language learning. I was one of the main developers of the LORO (Languages Open Resources Online) repository and have carried out several scholarship projects based on the use of the LORO content and presented at conferences in the UK and abroad.

I am currently studying for a Doctorate in Education at the Open University investigating the impact of reuse of OER on teachers' professional development and online teaching practices.


Teaching interests

I am particularly interested in the design of online and blended language courses from traditional text-based courses to courses delivered through a Virtual Learning Environment and MOOCs.

I am also interested in the creation of OER for language teaching. I was one of the main developers of the LORO (Languages Open Resources Online) repository which was created by the Department of Languages. It contains resources for online language teaching in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Welsh, Chinese and English and is accessible worldwide I have contributed many of the resources for French which can be found in the repository.


Teachers’ Use and Acceptance of Gamification and Social Networking Features of an Open Repository (2018-01-23)
de los Arcos, Beatriz; Faems, Bram; Comas-Quinn, Anna and Pulker, Hélène
European Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 20(1) (pp. 126-137)
Languages Open Resources Online (LORO): fostering a culture of collaboration and sharing (2011-03)
Comas-Quinn, Anna; Beaven, Mary; Pleines, Christine; Pulker, Helene and de los Arcos, Beatriz
The EuroCALL Review(18)
Online revision and assessment on a beginners’ French course: using learning analytics to understand language learners’ behaviors (2014)
Pulker, Helene and Vialleton, Elodie
In : CALICO conference 2014: Open, Online, Massive: The Future of Language Learning? (6-10 May 2014, Ohio University)
The evaluation and re-use of Open Educational Resources in language teaching – a case study (2013-03)
Pulker, Helene and Calvi, Anna
In : OER13: Creating a Virtuous Circle (26-27 Mar 2013, Nottingham, UK)


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