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Dr Uwe Baumann

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Head of School - Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • School Office (LAL)
  • uwe.baumann

Professional biography

I started work at the Open University in 1995 as Lecturer in German and I was involved in developing the first suite of German language courses at the university. In 1999, I became Head of German, in 2005 Head of the Department of Languages and in September 2013 I became Associate Dean for Curriculum and Qualifications. Since April 2016 I have been working as Head of School of the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics.

Research interests

My main research interest is in various aspects of intercultural communication whether from a student or teacher perspective, including adult Modern Foreign Language students and Associate Lecturers. I am also interested in the experience of research students who work in an intercultural environment and undertake research.

Intercultural communication

Tutor competences in ODL teaching

Teaching interests

I have worked on the first ever distance language learning module in German produced at the Open University, L130 Auftakt, and all the other modules that comprised the original Diploma in German. Although I have maintained my interest in German, I have also worked outside my subject specialism (beginners’ Welsh, French, and beginners’ and intermediate Italian). Most recently I have been co-writing some chapters for L161 Exploring languages and cultures.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CREET: Language and Literacies Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Education and Language Studies

Publications

An investigation of the background, practice and intercultural communicative competence of part-time distance language tutors at the Open University (2016-06)
Baumann, Uwe
Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 11(1) (pp. 45-56)
Tutor and student perceptions of what makes an effective distance language teacher (2011-11-02)
Murphy, L. M.; Shelley, M. A.; White, C. J. and Baumann, U.
Distance Education, 32(3) (pp. 397-419)
Qualities of effective tutors in distance language teaching: student perceptions (2010)
Murphy, Linda; Shelley, Monica and Baumann, Uwe
Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 4(2) (pp. 119-136)
New challenges: the role of the tutor in the teaching of languages at a distance (2008)
Baumann, Uwe; Shelley, Monica; Murphy, Linda and White, C.
Distances et savoirs, 6(3) (pp. 364-392)
Distance learners of German and intercultural competence (2006-11)
Baumann, Uwe and Shelley, Monica
Open Learning, 21(3) (pp. 191-204)
"It's a unique role!" Perspectives on tutor attributes and expertise in distance language teaching (2006)
Shelley, Monica; White, Cynthia; Baumann, Uwe and Murphy, Linda
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 7(2)
Adult learners of German at the Open University: their knowledge of, and attitudes towards Germany (2003-02)
Baumann, Uwe and Shelley, Monica
Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance e-Learning, 18(1) (pp. 61-74)
Ab initio vs. A level students of German: how does their performance compare? (1999-12)
Baumann, Uwe
Language Learning Journal, 20(1) (pp. 8-14)
Learning German at a distance - the Open University experience (1999)
Baumann, Uwe
Interface : Bradford studies in language, culture & society., Ab Initio (4) (pp. 149-161)
Developing autonomy and intercultural competence in a distance learning environment (2007)
Baumann, Uwe
In: Gardner, David ed. Learner autonomy: integration and support. Learner autonomy (pp. 93-112)
ISBN : 978-1-905275-02-1 | Publisher : Authentik Language Learning Resources Ltd | Published : Dublin
Erlebte Geschichte (2006-05-25)
Baumann, Uwe
In: Baumann, Uwe and Duensing, Annette eds. Developing writing skills in German (pp. 144-162)
ISBN : 9780415397469 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Medien - von der Zeitung zum Internet (2006-05-25)
Baumann, Uwe and Hampel, Regine
In: Baumann, Uwe and Duensing, Annette eds. Developing writing skills in German (pp. 60-84)
ISBN : 9780415397469 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
The World as a classroom (2005-07-21)
Coleman, James A. and Baumann, Uwe
In: Hurd, Stella and Murphy, L. eds. Success with languages. Routledge Study Guides (pp. 140-160)
ISBN : 415368367 | Publisher : Routledge
Assessing intercultural competence gain in a German distance learning course for adults (2005-02)
Baumann, Uwe and Shelley, Monica
In: Holmberg, Borje; Shelley, Monica and White, Cynthia eds. Distance education and languages: evolution and change. New perspectives on language and education (pp. 119-139)
ISBN : 1853597767 | Publisher : Multilingual Matters | Published : Clevedon, UK
Managing change in an academic environment: the German programme at the OUUK (2005)
Baumann, Uwe
In: Evans, T.D.; Smith, P. and Stacey, E. eds. Research in Distance Education (RIDE) (pp. 98-107)
Publisher : Deakin University | Published : Geelong
Towards an understanding of attributes and expertise in distance language teaching: tutor maxims (2005)
White, C.; Murphy, L.; Shelley, M. A. and Baumann, U.
In: Evans, T. D.; Smith, P. and Stacey, E. eds. Research in Distance Education (RIDE)(6) (pp. 83-97)
Publisher : Deakin University | Published : Geelong
Towards an understanding of attributes and expertise in distance language teaching: tutor maxims (2005)
White, Cynthia; Murphy, Linda; Shelley, Monica and Baumann, Uwe
In: Evans, T.; Smith, P. and Stacey, E. eds. Research in Distance Education (RIDE) (pp. 83-97)
ISBN : 1 74156 027 6 | Publisher : Deakin University | Published : Geelong
Developing writing skills in German (2006-05-25)
Baumann, Uwe and Duensing, Annette eds.
ISBN : 9780415397469 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Language tutors at the OUUK – their (e)-competencies in Open and Distance Learning (2006)
Baumann, Uwe; Shelley, Monica; Murphy, Linda and White, Cynthia
In : EDEN 2006 Annual Conference (14-17 June 2006, Vienna, Austria)
Developing effective distance language tutors: Are generic competencies enough? (2006)
Murphy, Linda; Shelley, Monica; White, Cynthia and Baumann, Uwe
In : 22nd ICDE World Conference on Distance Education (3-6 September 2006, Brazil)
Language teaching at a distance: establishing key principles to develop professional practice (2006)
Murphy, L.; Shelley, M. A.; White, C. and Baumann, U.
In : CILT/LLAS Conference: Crossing Frontiers: Languages and the international dimension (6-7 July 2006, Cardiff University)
Teaching languages at a distance: Towards an understanding of the tutor’s role (2005)
Baumann, U.; Shelley, M. A.; Murphy, L. and Whit, C.
In : EADTU Conference (10-11 November 2005, Rome)
Deutsch im Fernstudium an der Open University (1999)
Baumann, Uwe
In : Wege zur Mehrsprachigkeit im Fernstudium (13-14 November 1998, Hagen, Germany) (pp. 209-220)

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