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Ms Clare Woodward

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Professional biography

I am a lecturer in Teacher Education and International Development, supporting the development of teachers and schools since 2009 when I joined the OU. I have also extensively explored the potential of digital technologies as tools for professional development and pedagogic practice, in both developed and developing economy contexts. Prior to working for the Open University, my professional roots in English Language teaching covered more than ten years in secondary, tertiary and adult learning sectors in France, Malaysia and the Middle East including refugee education.

Between 2009 - 2014 I worked on the DfID–funded English in Action project in Bangladesh to develop the quality of English language teaching in thousands of primary and secondary schools throughout Bangladesh, particularly in rural and underprivileged communities.   I was instrumental in the conceptualisation, development and delivery of the Mediated Authentic Video approach, delivering sets of authentic teacher development videos demonstrating communicative language teaching practices, and also videos showing participatory professional development activities aimed at supporting facilitators. I worked extensively on capacity building for the project's team of trainers/ teacher development coordinators and for many hundreds of school-based local teacher facilitators.

I was recently Project Lead in Peru developing a new English curriculum for pre-service teachers and was academic lead on the Language in the Parks project in Antioquia, Colombia which further developed the MAV concept. In 2018 I have been involved in writing a MOOC for teacher educators in Africa. As part of the TESSA programme team I have worked in various countries in Africa, most recently Zambia, where I am part of the ZEST project team, funded by ScotDev, focusing on creating and implementing a scalable, school-based teacher development programme.


Research interests

My research interest is in pedagogy and practice relating to in-service and pre-service teacher development and how video and peer support can enable and support this at scale, in international development contexts.

Teaching interests

Initial teacher education

Continuing professional development for teachers

Use of appropriate technology for teaching and learning

External collaborations

In the ZEST project we are working in partnership with World Vision and the Zambian government. In the Peru project, I  worked closely with the Ministry of Education (MINEDU) in both in-service and pre-service divisions. In the Antioquia project, I was in partnership with the British Council, Cambridge English and Antioquia government departments and in my work on the TESSA programme I collaborate with colleagues in Africa.

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)CentreFaculty of Education and Language Studies


Supporting Open Practices with Teachers in Zambia (2019)
Stutchbury, Kris; Gallastegi, Lore and Woodward, Clare
Journal of Learning for Development - JL4D, 6(3) (pp. 208-227)

Mediated Authentic Video: A Flexible Tool Supporting a Developmental Approach to Teacher Education (2017)
Stutchbury, Kris and Woodward, Clare
Journal of Learning for Development - JL4D, 4(2)

The Potential of Mobile Phones to Transform Teacher Professional Development to Build Sustainable Educational Futures in Bangladesh (2015-06)
Walsh, Christopher S.; Woodward, Clare; Solly, Michael and Shrestha, Prithvi
AAOU Journal, 10(1) (pp. 37-52)

English in action: school based teacher development in Bangladesh (2012-12)
Power, Tom; Shaheen, Robina; Solly, Michael; Woodward, Clare and Burton, Sonia
Curriculum Journal, 23(4) (pp. 503-529)

Exploring how social media can enhance the teaching of action research (2012-06-01)
Jenkins, Alyson; Carroll, Fiona; Woodward, Clare; Kop, Rita and Jenkins, Emrys
Action Research, 10(2) (pp. 170-188)

Using Mediated Authentic Video as a potential innovative solution for training at scale: a view from Bangladesh (2018-03-06)
Solly, Michael and Woodward, Clare
In: Kuchah, Kuchah and Shamin, Fauzia eds. Intenational Perspectives on Teaching English in Difficult Circumstances: Contexts, Challenges and Possibilities. International Perspectives on English Language Teaching (pp. 221-242)
ISBN : 978-1-137-53103-2 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : UK

English in Action: a new approach to continuing professional development through the use of mediated video, peer support and low-cost mobilephones in Bangladesh (2014)
Woodward, Clare; Griffiths, Malcolm and Solly, Michael
In: Hayes, David ed. Innovations In The Continuing Professional Development Of English Language Teachers (pp. 227-248)
ISBN : 978-0-86355-741-5 | Publisher : British Council | Published : London

Implementing the pilot stage of English in Action: negotiating the route to sustainable improvement in ELT classroom practice (2012-03)
Woodward, Clare and Solly, Michael
In: Tribble, Christopher and Odell, Adrian eds. Managing Change in English Language Teaching: Lessons from Experience (pp. 165-170)
ISBN : 978-0-86355-684-5 | Publisher : British Council | Published : London

Implementing English in Action in Bangladesh (2012)
Woodward, Clare and Solly, Michael
In: Tribble, Christopher ed. Managing Change in English Language Teaching: Lessons from Experience (pp. 165-170)
ISBN : 978-0-86355-684-5 | Publisher : British Council | Published : London

Taking ownership: Including all teachers in SBCPD (2019)
Gallastegi, Lore; Stutchbury, Kris and Woodward, Clare
In : Pan-Commonwealth Forum 9 (PCF9) (9-12 Sep 2019, Edinburgh)

Teachers Taught, Lessons Learnt: Experiences of Using Video to Support Teacher Learning on Three Continents (2017-11)
Stutchbury, Kris and Woodward, Clare
In : Pan Commonwealth Forum 8 (PCF8) (28-30 Nov 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

The potential of mobile phones to transform teacher professional development (2014-10)
Walsh, Christopher; Woodward, Clare; Solly, Michael and Shrestha, Prithvi
In : 28th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities: Advancing Open and Distance Learning: Research and Practices (28-31 Oct 2014, The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) (pp. 641-651)

English Speaking and Listening Assessment Project - Baseline. Bangladesh (2016-03)
Power, Tom; Cullen, Jane; Woodward, Clare; Mathew, Rama; Payler, Jane and McCormick, Robert
The British Council, Dhaka.

Developing New Indicators To Describe Digital Technology Infrastructure In Primary And Secondary Education (2015-02-28)
Twining, Peter; Davis, Niki; Charania, Amina; Chowfin, Aleta; Henry, Fiona; Nordin, Hasniza and Woodward, Clare
UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Montreal.

Classroom Practices of Primary and Secondary Teachers Participating in English in Action: Second Cohort (2013) (2014)
Woodward, Clare; Burton, Sonia; Power, Tom; McCormick, Robert and Siddique, Md. Ashraf
English in Action, Dhaka, Bangladesh.