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Dr Ursula Stickler

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Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer (German)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Languages
  • ursula.stickler

Professional biography

I joined the Department of Languages in 2002 as a lecturer in German. I have since contributed to German courses at all levels, to English for Academic Purposes and to our Chinese beginners' course. Through tandem learning projects and teacher training activities I have supported the integration of autonomous learning in German and Chinese.
As a researcher and trainer I have specialised in autonomous learning and online language teaching skills, contributing to an international network of experts. Projects based on this collaboration (DOTS, moreDOTS, and ICT-REV) have led to multiple workshops across Europe and peer-reviewed publications. 
As the Convenor of the department's Open Languages Research Group, I have been co-ordinating research and scholarship, organising presentations and visits by international experts, and mentoring colleagues who are relatively new to research since 2011.
In 2014 I joined Andy Gao, Lluisa Astruc and Sarah Mercer as co-editor of System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics.
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and member of the Austrian society for research in teaching German as a foreign language (WGDaF).
 
 

Research interests

My research started off in the areas of independent and autonomous learning of languages, including language advising, email Tandem learning, and self-assessment. At the Open University, I have also developed an interest in the use of technology and in tutor training for teaching languages online and other aspects of distance education. Before joining the OU, I taught German at the University of Sheffield and took part in the HEFCE-funded "Interculture project" dealing with students' experience during their period of residence abroad. I have worked on various projects with colleagues in the OU and elsewhere, e.g. the "Interaction project", part of the larger Beginners' language study, comparing the different interaction patterns observable in face-to-face and online tutorials. Collaboration with two universities and one adult education institution in Germany has resulted in numerous successful Tandem partnerships between native speakers of English and of German, some of which have been analysed for research purposes. My current publications are mostly in the areas of technology enhanced language learning and online teaching skills, qualitative research methods, and eyetracking.

Areas of interest:

  • Training of Online Tutors
  • Virtual Learning Environments
  • Interaction in Online Language Tutorials
  • Eyetracking
  • Tandem Learning
  • Language Learning and Teaching Skills
  • Autonomy in Language Learning

Projects:

  • LITERALIA Tandem Project: European project (Socrates-Grundtvig funding)  
  • Beginners' Study: Interaction Study (with C.Batstone, A.Duensing, B.Heins)
  • DOTS (Developing Online Teaching Skills) and moreDOTS (with R.Hampel, T.Beaven); ICT-REV (with Regine Hampel, Sarah Heiser): European projects (ECML and EU funding)

 

Teaching interests

Since joining the Open University in 2002, I have written on the German beginners' course Rundblick (L193) and its online version (LZX193) and on the intermediate course Auftakt (L130). I have contributed to the Schreibwerkstatt (the upper intermediate reading and writing book) and both the upper intermediate course Motive and the highest level course Variationen (L313). I am currently chairing the German intermediate course, and am a module team member on the beginners courses in German (L193) and Chinese (L197, Di Yi Bu). I have taught residential schools in Jena, Germany, for the free-standing summer course Kapriolen and for the upper intermediate course Motive (L203). For Motive, I also taught and managed the Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) for students who could not attend summer school. This ALE is delivered via an online audio-graphic conferencing system. I enjoy teaching in both modes, face-to-face and online, and have trained new Associate Lecturers in online language teaching.

I supervise postgraduate students on both our doctoral programmes, the EdD and PhD, on topics such as online language learning and social presence, vocabulary acquisition, and gender differences in language learning.

Former doctoral students include:

Diana Millonig (2015): "English as a Foreign Language in Austrian primary schools: issues of content and language integration"

Susanne Winchester (2015): "On the Scope of Digital Vocabulary Trainers for Learning in Distance Education"

Carlos Montoro (2014): “The language learning activity of individual learners using online tasks.”

H. Müge Satar (2011): “Social presence in online multimodal communication: a framework to analyse online interactions between language learners.”

Annelies Taylor (2011): "Languages - Computation or Communication? Gender differences in curricular foreign language acquisition."

 

External collaborations

I am a co-editor of the journal System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics.

http://www.journals.elsevier.com/system/

My close association with the European Centre for Modern Languages (http://www.ecml.at/) has led to numerous workshops and training events across Europe, focussing on developing language teachers' skills and confidence in using ICT (information and communication technology) in their teaching.

Research Activity

Research groups

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

Publications

The Interplay between attention, experience and skills in online language teaching (2017-05)
Shi, Lijing; Stickler, Ursula and Lloyd, Mair E.
Language Learning in Higher Education. Journal of the European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education (CercleS), 7(1) (pp. 205-238 (Forthcoming))
Synchronous communication technologies for language learning: Promise and challenges in research and pedagogy (2017-05)
O'Rourke, Breffni and Stickler, Ursula
Language Learning in Higher Education. Journal of the European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education (CercleS), 7 ((In press))
Eyetracking methodology in SCMC: a tool for empowering learning and teaching (2016-02-23)
Stickler, Ursula and Shi, Lijing
ReCALL (pp. 160-177)
TELL us about CALL: An introduction to the Virtual Special Issue (VSI) on the development of technology enhanced and computer assisted language learning published in the System Journal (2016-02)
Stickler, Ursula and Shi, Lijing
System, 56 (pp. 119-126)
Qualitative research in CALL (2015-09)
Stickler, Ursula and Hampel, Regine
CALICO Journal, 32(3) (pp. 380-395)
Eye movements of online Chinese learners (2015)
Stickler, Ursula and Shi, Lijing
CALICO Journal, 32(1) (pp. 52-81)
Editorial (2015)
Stickler, Ursula; Hampel, Regine and Murphy, Linda
Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 9(1) (pp. 1-3)
Supporting Chinese speaking skills online (2013-03)
Stickler, Ursula and Shi, Lijing
System, 41(1) (pp. 50-69)
Online teacher development: collaborating in a virtual learning environment (2013)
Ernest, Pauline; Guitert Catasús, Montse; Hampel, Regine; Heiser, Sarah; Hopkins, Joseph; Murphy, Linda and Stickler, Ursula
Computer Assisted Language Learning, 26(4) (pp. 311-333)
Ready, steady, speak-online: student training in the use of an online synchronous conferencing tool (2013)
Heiser, Sarah; Stickler, Ursula and Furnborough, Concha
CALICO Journal, 30(2) (pp. 226-251)
Chinese-English eTandem Learning: the role of pre-project preparation and collaboration (2013)
Kan, Qian; Stickler, Ursula and Xu, Cheng
Chinese Language Globalisation Studies 汉语国际传播研究, 2(5)
The use of videoconferencing to support multimodal interaction in an online language classroom (2012-04-27)
Hampel, Regine and Stickler, Ursula
ReCALL, 24(2) (pp. 116-137)
The DOTS project: Developing Online Teaching Skills (2011-05-10)
Stickler, Ursula
Language Teaching, 44(3) (pp. 403-404)
LITERALIA: Towards developing intercultural maturity online (2011-02)
Stickler, Ursula and Emke, Martina
Language Learning & Technology , 15(1) (pp. 147-168)
CyberDeutsch: Language production and user preferences in a Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (2010-09)
Stickler, Ursula and Hampel, Regine
CALICO Journal, 28(1) (pp. 49-73)
Joining the DOTS. A collaborative approach to online teacher training (2010-03)
Stickler, Ursula; Ernest, Pauline; Beaven, Tita; Emke, Martina; Germain-Rutherford, Aline ; Hampel, Regine; Hopkins, Joseph and Stanojewic, Mateusz-Milan
The EuroCALL Review , 16, (http://www.eurocall-languages.org/review/16/index.html)
Konstruktives Sprachenlernen mit Wikis (2010)
Stickler, Ursula
Theorie und Praxis. Österreichische Beiträge zu Deutsch als Fremdsprache, 13(2009) (pp. 135-145)
Needs and challenges for online language teachers - the ECML project DOTS (2010)
Beaven, Tita; Emke, Martina; Ernest, Pauline; Germain-Rutherford, Aline; Hampel, Regine; Hopkins, Joseph; Stanojevic, Mateusz Milan and Stickler, Ursula
Teaching English with Technology: A Journal for Teachers of English, 10(2) (pp. 5-20)
Chatting, Chatten or Chattare: Using a Multilingual Workspace for Language and Culture Learning (2008)
Stickler, Ursula
International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 3 (pp. 69-76)
‘Distant Classmates: speech and silence in online and telephone language tutorials’ (2007-09-27)
Stickler, Ursula; Batstone, Carolyn; Duensing, Annette and Heins, Barbara
European Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 2007(2)
Spoken interaction in online and face-to-face language tutorials (2007-07)
Heins, Barbara; Duensing, Annette; Stickler, Ursula and Batstone, Carolyn
Computer Assisted Language Learning, 20(3) (pp. 279-295)
Designing online tutor training for language courses: a case study (2007-02)
Stickler, Ursula and Hampel, Regine
Open Learning, 22(1) (pp. 75-85)
Les stratégies collaboratives d’apprentisssage lors d’un échange en tandem via Internet (2007)
Lewis, Timothy and Stickler, Uschi
Revue LIDIL(36) (pp. 163-188)
Distant Classmates: Speech and silence online and telephone language tutorials (2007)
Stickler, Ursula; Batstone, Carolyn; Duensing, Annette and Heins, Barbara
European Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 2
What does it take to teach online? (2006-05)
Hauck, Mirjam and Stickler, Ursula
CALICO Journal, 23(3) (pp. 463-475)
What does it Take to Teach Online? Towards a Pedagogy for Online Language Teaching and Learning (2006-05)
Stickler, Ursula and Hauck, Mirjam
CALICO Journal, 23(3)
Face-to-face and online interactions - is a task a task? (2006)
Duensing, Annette; Stickler, Ursula; Batstone, Carolyn and Heins, Barbara
Journal of Learning Design, 1(2) (pp. 35-45)
New skills for new classrooms: training tutors to teach languages online (2005-10)
Hampel, Regine and Stickler, Ursula
Computer Assisted Language Learning, 18(4) (pp. 311-326)
“…and furthermore I will correct your mistakes”: Kulturelle Unterschiede bei der Fehlerkorrektur im Tandem (2004)
Stickler, Ursula
Theorie und Praxis: Österreichische Beiträge zu Deutsch als Fremdsprache., 8 (pp. 79-93)
Using eye-tracking technology to explore online learner interactions (2016-06-14)
Stickler, Ursula; Smith, Bryan and Shi, Lijing
In: Caws, Catherine and Hamel, Marie-Josée eds. Language-Learner Computer Interactions: Theory, methodology and CALL applications. Language Studies, Science and Engineering (2) (pp. 163-186)
ISBN : 9789027257512 | Publisher : John Benjamins
Eyetracking in CALL - present and future (2015-12)
O'Rourke, Breffni; Prendergast, Claire; Shi, Lijing; Smith, Bryan and Stickler, Ursula
In: Gimeno Sanz, Ana Maria; Levy, Mike; Blin, Francoise and Barr, David eds. WorldCALL - Sustainability and Computer-Assisted Language Learning. Advances in Digital Language and Teaching (pp. 285-298)
ISBN : 9781474248303 | Publisher : Bloomsbury
Part-time and freelance language teachers and their ICT training needs (2015-03)
Stickler, Ursula and Emke, Martina
In: Hampel, Regine and Stickler, Ursula eds. Developing Online Language Teaching: Research-Based Pedagogies and Reflective Practices.. New Language Learning and Teaching Environments (pp. 28-44)
ISBN : 9781137412256 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Houndmills
Transforming teaching: new skills for online language learning spaces (2015-03)
Stickler, Ursula and Hampel, Regine
In: Hampel, Regine and Stickler, Ursula eds. Developing Online Language Teaching: Research-Based Pedagogies and Reflective Practices. New Language Learning and Teaching Environments (pp. 63-77)
ISBN : 9781137412256 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Houndmills
Introduction: From teacher training to self-reflective practice (2015)
Hampel, Regine and Stickler, Ursula
In: Hampel, Regine and Stickler, Ursula eds. Developing Online Language Teaching: Research-Based Pedagogies and Reflective Practices. New Language Learning and Teaching Environments (pp. 1-11)
ISBN : 9781137412256 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Houndmills
Teaching and learning online – Developing your skills to develop others. (2015)
Stickler, Ursula; Emke, Martina; MoreDOTS Project, Team ; Hampel, Regine and Beaven, Tita
In: Krings, Hans P. and Kühn , Bärbel eds. Fremdsprachliche Lernprozesse. Erträge des 4. Bremer Symposions zum Fremdsprachenlehren und -lernen an Hochschulen.. Fremdsprachen in Lehre und Forschung (FLF) (pp. 199-209)
ISBN : 978-3-925453-62-5 | Publisher : Arbeitskreis der Sprachenzentren e.V.
Collaboration and interaction: the keys to distance and computer-supported language learning (2012)
Coleman, James A.; Hampel, Regine; Hauck, Mirjam and Stickler, Ursula
In: Levine, Glenn.S.; Phipps , Alison and Blythe, Carl eds. Critical and Intercultural Theory and Language Pedagogy (pp. 161-180)
ISBN : 9780495800071 | Publisher : Cengage Learning | Published : Florence, KY, USA
Tandem Learning in Virtual Spaces: Supporting Non-formal and Informal Learning in Adults (2011-07-28)
Stickler, Ursula and Emke, Martina
In: Benson, Phil and Reinders, Hayo eds. Beyond the Language Classroom (pp. 146-160)
ISBN : 978-0-230-27243-9 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : NY
Collaborative language learning strategies in an email tandem exchange (2008-10-03)
Stickler, Ursula and Lewis, Tim
In: Hurd, Stella and Lewis, Timothy eds. Language Learning Strategies in Independent Settings. Second Language Acquisition (33) (pp. 237-261)
ISBN : 1-84769-098-X | Publisher : Multilingual Matters | Published : Bristol, UK
Glaube und Gesellschaft (2006-05)
Stickler, Ursula and Pleines, Christine
In: Duensing, Annette and Baumann, Uwe eds. Developing Writing Skills in German (pp. 127-144)
ISBN : 0-415-39746-4 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Aprendizaje tándem y competencia intercultural (2006)
Stickler, Ursula and Lewis, Tim
In: Ojanguren Sánchez, Ana and Blanco-Hölscher, Margarita eds. El Aprendizaje Autónomo de Lenguas en Tandem: Principios, estrategias y experiencas de integracion (pp. 90-102)
ISBN : 9788483175453 | Publisher : Universidad de Oviedo | Published : Oviedo
Asesoramiento tandem centrado en la ayuda al estudiante (2006)
Stickler, Ursula
In: Ojanguren Sánchez, Ana and Blanco-Hölscher, Margarita eds. El Aprendizaje Autónomo de Lenguas en Tandem: Principios, estrategias y experiencas de integracion (pp. 115-123)
ISBN : 9788483175453 | Publisher : Universidad de Oviedo | Published : Oviedo
Tandem learning and intercultural competence (2003)
Stickler, Uschi and Lewis, Tim
In: Lewis, Timothy and Walker, Lesley eds. Autonomous language learning in tandem (pp. 93-104)
ISBN : 095415892X | Publisher : Academy Electronic Publications | Published : Sheffield, UK
Handledning i samband me larande i tandem (2003)
Stickler, Ursula
In: Jonsson, Bengt ed. Självstyrd språkinlärning i tandem - en handbook (Autonomous language learning in tandem. A handbook). Institutionen för humaniora i Härnösand. Rapport (12) (pp. 67-72)
ISBN : 91-87908-70-0 | Publisher : Institutionen för humaniora i Härnösand/Department of Humanities, Mid Sweden University | Published : Härnösand, Sweden
Student-centred counselling for tandem learning (2003)
Stickler, Ursula
In: Lewis, Timothy and Walker, Lesley eds. Autonomous Language Learning in Tandem (pp. 115-122)
ISBN : 0-9541589-2-x | Publisher : Academy Electronic Publications | Published : Sheffield
Consulenza per l'apprendente tandem (2003)
Stickler, Ursula
In: Hehmann, G. and Ponti Dompe, D. eds. Apprendimento Autonomo Delle Lingue In Tandem (pp. 61-66)
ISBN : 9788888398440 | Publisher : Trauben / Dipartimento di Scienze del Linguaggio e Letterature Moderne e Comparate, Universitate degli Studi di Torino | Published : Torino
Conseils pratiques pour l'entretien (2002)
Stickler, Ursula
In: Helmling, Brigitte ed. L'Apprentissage Autonome des Langues en Tandem (pp. 117-120)
ISBN : 2-278-05031-1 | Publisher : Didier | Published : Paris
Transcultural counselling and inter-cultural awareness raising (2001-11-01)
Stickler, U
In: Killick, Frances; Parry, M. and Phipps, A. eds. Poetics and praxis of languages and intercultural communication: Proceedings of the Conference at Leeds Metropolitan University, December 1999 (pp. 187-195)
ISBN : 085261697X | Publisher : University of Glasgow French & German Publications | Published : Glasgow, UK
Beratung für das Tandemlernen (2001-10-31)
Stickler, Ursula
In: Brammerts, Helmut and Kleppin, Karin eds. Selbstgesteuertes Sprachenlernen im Tandem: ein Handbuch. Forum Sprachlehrforschung (1)
ISBN : 3860579207 | Publisher : Stauffenberg | Published : Tübingen, Germany
Using counselling skills for language advising (2001-10)
Stickler, Ursula
In: Mozzon-McPherson, Marina and Vismans, Roel eds. Beyond language teaching towards language advising (pp. 40-52)
ISBN : 1902031814 | Publisher : CILT | Published : London
Vejledning I forbindelse med tandemlaering (2001)
Stickler, Ursula
In: ?
ISBN : 8789170679 | Publisher : Aalborg Universitet
Developing Online Language Teaching: Research-Based Pedagogies and Reflective Practices (2015-03)
Hampel, Regine and Stickler, Ursula eds.
New Language Learning and Teaching Environments
ISBN : 9781137412256 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Houndmills
Qualitative and mixed methodology for online language teaching research (2017)
Stickler, Ursula
In : CALS Conference 2015 (April 2015, Zadar, Croatia) ((In Press))
Modelling typical online language learning activity (2014-12-14)
Montoro, Carlos; Hampel, Regine and Stickler, Ursula
In : 2014 EUROCALL Conference (20-23 August 2014, Groningen, The Netherlands ) (pp. 237-240)
Chatting, chatten or chattare: Using a multilingual workspace for language and culture learning (2008-09)
Stickler, Ursula
In : Interactive Computer Aided Learning (ICL) International Conference (24-26 September 2008, Villach, Austria)
"What I think works well...." Learners' evaluation and actual usage of online tools (2007-09)
Stickler, Ursula and Hampel, Regine
In : Interactive Computer Aided Learning (ICL) International Conference (26-28 September 2007, Villach, Austria)
Distant Classmates: comparing online and telephone language tutorials (2006-09-27)
Stickler, Ursula; Batstone, Carolyn; Duensing, Annette and Heins, Barbara
In : ICL 2006 (27-29 September 2006, Villach, Austria)
Distance and virtual distance: Preliminary results of a study of interaction patterns in synchronous audio graphic CMC and face-to-face tutorials in beginners’ language tutorials (2005)
Stickler, Ursula; Batstone, Carolyn; Duensing, Annette and Heins, Barbara
In : Proceedings of the 2004 International Symposium on Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching, Beijing and Shanghai (Aug 2004, Beijing and Shanghai, China)
From the editors: stepping stones to teaching lnguages with technology (2010)
Stickler, Ursula; Beaven, Tita; Emke, Martina; Ernest, Pauline; Germain-Rutherford, Aline; Hampel, Regine; Hopkins, Joseph and Stanojevic, Mateusz Milan
Journal of Teaching English with Technology (10) 2

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