Joseph Hopkins: Team member

Current employment

Place of work: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Current role: Director of the School of Languages

Areas of expertise

Joseph Hopkins has over 25 years of experience as a language teacher and teacher trainer. Since 2001 he has worked for the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, a totally online distance learning institution. His main areas of expertise are web-based language teaching and learning, online learning communities, language teaching management, ICT training for language teachers, and computer-mediated communication.


Hopkins, J. (in press). A typology of free online training spaces for language teachers. In R. Hampel & U. Stickler (eds.), Developing online language teaching skills: pedagogy, practice and reflexion. London: Pelgrave MacMillan.

Ernest, P., Guitert Catasús, M., Hampel, R., Heiser, S., Hopkins, J., Murphy, L., & Stickler, U. (2012). Online teacher development: collaborating in a virtual learning environment. Computer Assisted Language Learning.

Hopkins, J. (2012). Selecció i prova d’una eina per a la comunicació oral en línia en un curs de llengua a distància. In B. Gros & X. Mas (eds.), La comunicació en els espais virtuals: Enfocaments i experiències de formació en línia. Barcelona: Editorial UOC.

Hopkins, J. (2011). Assessed real-time language learning tasks online: How do learners prepare? eLC Research Paper Series, 2, 59-72. Available from:

Beaven, T., Emke, M., Ernest, P., Germain-Rutherford, A., Hampel, R., Hopkins, J., Stanojevic, M., & Stickler, U. (2010). Needs and challenges for online language teachers: The ECML Project DOTS. Teaching English with Technology Journal (TEwT), 10(2), 5-20. Available from:

Hopkins, J. (2010). Distance language learners’ perceptions of assessed, student-led speaking tasks via a synchronous audiographic conferencing tool. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 4(3), 235-258.

Stickler, U., Ernest, P., Beaven, T., Emke, M., Germain-Rutherford, A., Hampel, R., Hopkins, J., & Stanojewic, M. (2010). Joining the DOTS: A collaborative approach to online teaching training. The Eurocall Review, 16. Available from:

Hopkins, J., Gibson, W., Ros i Solé, C., & Starkey, H. (2008). Interaction and critical inquiry in asynchronous computer-mediated conferencing: A research agenda. Open Learning, 23(1), 29-42.

Ros i Solé, C., & Hopkins, J. (2007). Contrasting two approaches to distance language learning. Distance Education, 28(3), 351-370.

Ernest, P., & Hopkins, J. (2006). Coordination and teacher development in an online learning environment. CALICO Journal, 23(3), 551–568.

Hopkins, J. (2006). Building a community of online teachers: The experience of the English language courses at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. In U. Oster, M. N. Ruiz Madrid, M. Sanz Gil (eds.), Towards the integration of ICT in language learning and teaching: reflection, pp. 197-206. Universitat Jaume I: Castelló.

Hopkins, J. (2004). Plagiarism in the online language classroom: Some insights into the attitudes of students and teachers. TEL & CAL Journal, 3(2).

Professional Affiliation

EUROCALL: European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning

Working Languages

English, Catalan, Spanish 


Address for correspondance: Email

This initiative is carried out within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission, entitled INNOVATIVE METHODOLOGIES AND ASSESSMENT IN LANGUAGE LEARNING