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 podcasting and the use of mobile apps for language learning as well as Twitter as a language learning and teaching tool. I regularly give papers at national and international conferences and I have published journal articles and book chapters.
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. My responsibilities also include coordinating the OU Spanish Residential Schools in Spain, as well as tutoring and acting as course director. I have played a major role in introducing online tuition in several courses. I obtained an OU Teaching Award 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 our audio recording tool. I also co-ordinate the production and delivery of language materials on iTunes U at the OU.
I am also the Open Media Fellow for the Faculty of Education and Language Studies.
MA (Online and Distance Learning)