Sarah Heiser: Team member



Current employment

Place of work:
The Open University UK
The Open University in London

Current Role:
Senior Lecturer, Department of Languages
Language Studies Programme Student Support Team Academic LeadFaculty of Education and Language Studies

Areas of expertise 


  • technology enhanced teaching and learning
  • open and distance education
  • teacher development by experiential and collaborative learning in online spaces
  • Open Education Resources/Open Educational Practices (OER/OEP)
  • strategies for language learning
  • language teacher skills and beliefs
  • strategies to support students of modern languages with dyslexia and specific learning difficulties 


Duensing, A., Gallardo, M. and Heiser, S. (2013) 'Learning to Share and Sharing to Learn – Professional Development of Language Teachers in HE to Foster Open Educational Practices' in Beaven A., Comas-Quinn A. and Sawhill B. (eds) Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom, Dublin/Voillans:, pp. 121–133

Heiser, S., Stickler, U. and Furnborough, C. (2013) 'Student training in the use of an online synchronous conferencing tool'.  CALICO Journal, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 226 -251

Ernest, P., Guitert Catasús, M., Hampel, R., Heiser, S., Hopkins, J., Murphy, L. and Stickler, U. (2013) 'Online teacher development: collaborating in a virtual learning environment' Computer Assisted Language Learning, vol. 26, no.4, pp. 311-333

Ernest, P., Heiser, S and Murphy, L. (2013) ‘Developing teacher skills to support collaborative online language learning’, The Language Learning Journal, special edition on Languages in Higher Education, vol. 41, no.1, pp. 37- 54, available online from November 2011

Gallardo, M., Heiser, S. and Nicolson M. (2011) ‘Teacher Development for Blended Contexts’ and ‘Practical Approaches for Teacher Development' in Nicholson M., Southgate M. and Murphy L. (eds) Language Teaching in Blended Contexts, Dunedin Academic Press, Edinburgh, ISBN: 9781906716202, pp. 219245

Professional Affiliation  


Member of the Association for Language Learning
Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists

Research Networks:

Open Languages Research Group, Department of Languages, Open University UK

Working Languages

Mother tongue: English
Other Languages: French, Spanish, Basic Portuguese


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