Coordinator: Ursula Stickler

 Ursula Stickler


Surname - Stickler
First name - Ursula
Address for correspondence   E-mail
Nationality - Austrian

Affiliation with educational networks/associations

  • Fellow of HEA (Higher Education Academy, UK)
  • Member of WGDaF (Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Austria)
  • Member of WIGS (Women in German Studies, UK)

Work information


Occupation or position currently held

Lecturer in German

Main activities and responsibilities

Teaching: writing course materials including course books, assessment materials, website activities, teaching administration, teaching residential school and alternative learning experience online

Research: investigating teaching practice (open and distance learning), especially using technology and digital media; investigating independent learning, especially tandem learning

Name of employer

The Open University, Milton Keynes

Country of employment

United Kingdom

Education and training

Relevant qualifications or training

1983-89: MPhil, Philosophy and Cultural Anthropology, Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria

1989-93: Doctorate (PhD), Dept. of Philosophy, Karl-Franzens University, Graz

1993-94: MA, Psychiatry, Philosophy and Society, University of Sheffield, UK

1995-96:  RSA Certificate and Sheffield University Diploma in Teaching Modern Languages to Adults

1997: Trinity College Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

1999: Counselling Skills: Bretton Hall Certificate; Sheffield College

2002: Becoming a Webhead: Training course for online language teachers

Languages of communication


Mother tongue    


Other languages


Project experience

Interculture Project (work for project partner Sheffield University): HEFCE funded FDTL project, 1997-2000

LITERALIA project (coordinating UK participation for Open University): Socrates funded Grundtvig 2 learning partnership, 2006-2008

Expertise in the topic of the project

Practice in the field   


Other relevant experience




Language teacher, language advising, open and distance learning and online tuition, training distance tutors and online tutors; production of materials for tutor training


Development of teaching and training materials for Moodle VLE; involvement in departmental and university-wide Moodle VLE implementation

U. Stickler & T.W. Lewis (2003). Tandem Learning as intercultural learning. In: Lewis T. and Walker L. (eds) Autonomous Learning in Tandem, Sheffield: (Academic and Electronic Press) 2003. Pp.93-104. ISBN 0-9541589-2-XU.

Stickler (2004) “…and furthermore I will correct your mistakes” Kulturelle Unterschiede bei der Fehlerkorrektur im Tandem. In: Krumm, Hans-Jürgen & Portmann, Tselikas, Paul R. (eds.) Theorie und Praxis. Österreichische Beiträge zu Deutsch als Fremdsprache“ 2004. (Studienverlag). Pp.79-93. ISBN 3-7065-4001-0R.

Hampel & U. Stickler (2005). New Skills for new classrooms. Training tutors to teach languages online. In: CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning). 18 (4). Pp.311-326. Print ISSN: 0958-8221; Online ISSN: 1744-3210.

U. Stickler & M. Hauck (eds.) (2006). What does it Take to Teach Online? Towards a Pedagogy for Online Language Teaching and Learning. Special Issue of the CALICO Journal 23(3). Spring 2006. ISSN 0742-7778.

U. Stickler & R. Hampel (2007). Designing online tutor training for language courses. A case study. In: Open Learning 22(1) (Feb 2007). Pp.75-85. ISSN (print) 0268-0513; ISSN (online) 1469-9958.



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