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Ursula Stickler (Opening Keynote Speaker)

Teaching Languages at the OU using New Media:
Challenges and Solutions

Open University (OU), UK. Senior Lecturer (German) Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies School of Languages and Applied Linguistics & Languages Ursula joined the Department of Languages in 2002 as a lecturer in German and has contributed to German courses at all levels, to English for Academic Purposes and to the OU Chinese beginners' course. Through tandem learning projects and teacher training activities she has supported the integration of autonomous learning in German and Chinese.


As a researcher and trainer she has specialised in autonomous learning and online language teaching skills, contributing to an international network of experts. ECML 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 OU department's Open Languages Research Group, she has 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 she joined Andy Gao, Lluisa Astruc and Sarah Mercer as co-editor of System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics.

She is 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).


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