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Dr Beatriz de los Arcos

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Profile summary

  • Research Staff
  • Research Associate
  • Institute of Educational Technology
  • IET Academic Team

Professional biography

I'm a researcher on the Hewlett-funded OER Research Hub Project investigating the impact of openness in teaching and learning practices. I'm currently leading research in the school sector (K12), working together with the Flipped Learning Network and Vital Signs, Gulf of Maine Research Institute. I'm also responsible for overseeing the project’s data analysis and evaluation work.

Since early 2015, I've been involved in the research strand of the Open Educational Practices in Scotland (OEPS) Project.

Research interests

These are some of the collaborations/projects I've played a part in:

Open Translation (OT12) MOOC 

OT12 is a Massive Open Online Course on open translation tools and practices, set up and run during 8 weeks by the Department of Languages (OU).

eFeedback Evaluation Project (eFEP)

A JISC-funded project to evaluate the use of spoken and written e-feedback in the area of modern languages at the Open University, looking at the quality of feedback itself, staff and student perceptions, and student engagement.

SCORE Microsites Project (SCOREMS)

The SCOREMS Project was funded by HEFCE through SCORE to create two portals to open educational resources in collaboration with the Universities of Leicester, Nottingham and Manchester. Ready to Research ( contains approximately 200 hours of self-study materials for individuals planning on coming to the UK to undertake postgraduate studies. Digital Scholarship ( is aimed at undergraduate students seeking to enhance their capacity to engage in digital scholarship.

Support Centre for Open Resources in Education (SCORE)

Languages Open Resources Online (LORO)

LORO is a repository of open educational resources for language teaching and learning.

Informal Language Learning with Mobile Devices

Researching collaborative learning through interactive writing tasks

Teaching interests

I joined the Open University as an Associate Lecturer in Spanish in 2000 and have taught on all Spanish modules, both face-to-face and online. I have also contributed to the production of L194, L140 and L204 as a consultant, and authored assessment materials. I have been a monitor, mentor, oral examiner and scriptmarker.

Before coming to the UK to complete my PhD, I lectured in Spanish at the National University of Ireland, Galway (1993-1998 and 2004-2005) and the Instituto Cervantes in Dublin (2000-2004).

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Computers and Learning Research Group (CALRG)GroupInstitute of Educational Technology
CREET: Technology Enhanced Learning ClusterClusterInstitute of Educational Technology


Women’s empowerment through openness: OER, OEP and the Sustainable Development Goals (2016-05-10)
Perryman, Leigh-Anne and de los Arcos, Beatriz
Open Praxis, 8(2) (pp. 163-180)
Personalising learning through adaptation: Evidence from a global survey of K-12 teachers’ perceptions of their use of open educational resources (2016-04)
de los Arcos, Beatriz; Farrow, Robert; Pitt, Rebecca; Weller, Martin and McAndrew, Patrick
Journal of Online Learning Research, 2(1) (pp. 23-40)
Who are the Open Learners? A Comparative Study Profiling non-Formal Users of Open Educational Resources (2015-12-08)
Farrow, Robert; de los Arcos, Beatriz; Pitt, Rebecca and Weller, Martin
EURODL (European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning), 18(2) (pp. 50-74)
The Impact of OER on Teaching and Learning Practice (2015-11-26)
Weller, Martin; de los Arcos, Bea; Farrow, Rob; Pitt, Beck and McAndrew, Patrick
Open Praxis, 7(4) (pp. 351-361)
Impact of OER use on teaching and learning: data from OER Research Hub (2013–2014) (2015-09)
Farrow, Robert; Pitt, Rebecca; de los Arcos, Beatriz; Perryman, Leigh-Anne; Weller, Martin and McAndrew, Patrick
British Journal of Educational Technology, 46(5) (pp. 972-976)
MOOCs: striking the right balance between facilitation and self-determination (2014-03)
Beaven, Tita; Hauck, Mirjam; Comas-Quinn, Anna; Lewis, Tim and de los Arcos, Beatriz
Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 10(1) (pp. 31-43)
The Open Translation MOOC: creating online communities to transcend linguistic barriers (2013-12)
Beaven, Tita; Comas-Quinn, Anna; Hauck, Mirjam; de los Arcos, Beatriz and Lewis, Timothy
Journal of Interactive Media in Education, Article 18
Interacting at a distance: a critical review of the role of ICT in developing the learner–context interface in a university language programme (2013)
Hampel, Regine and de los Arcos, Beatriz
Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 7(2) (pp. 158-178)
Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) for distance language learning: shifting tutor roles in a contested space for interaction (2012-01-31)
Comas-Quinn, Anna; de los Arcos, Beatriz and Mardomingo, Raquel
Computer Assisted Language Learning, 25(2) (pp. 129-143)
Languages Open Resources Online (LORO): fostering a culture of collaboration and sharing (2011-03)
Comas-Quinn, Anna; Beaven, Mary; Pleines, Christine; Pulker, Helene and de los Arcos, Beatriz
The EuroCALL Review (18)
Learners’ anxiety in audiographic conferences: a discursive psychology approach to emotion talk (2009-01)
de los Arcos, Beatriz; Coleman, James A. and Hampel, Regine
ReCALL, 21(1) (pp. 3-17)
‘Ears before eyes’: expanding tutors’ interaction skills beyond physical presence in audio-graphic collaborative virtual learning environments (2006)
de los Arcos, Beatriz and Arnedillo-Sánchez, Inmaculada
In: Zaphiris, Panayiotis and Zacharia, Giorgios eds. User-Centered Computer Aided Language Learning (pp. 74-93)
ISBN : 1-59140-750-8 | Publisher : Information Science Publishing | Published : Hershey PA
Flipping with OER: K12 teachers’ views of the impact of open practices on students (2014)
de los Arcos, Beatriz
In : OCWC Global 2014: Open Education for a Multicultural World (23-25 April, 2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
The Open Translation MOOC: creating online communities to transcend linguistic barriers (2013-03)
Beaven, Tita; Comas-Quinn, Anna; de los Arcos, Bea; Hauck, Mirjam and Lewis, Timothy
In : OER 13 Creating a virtuous circle (26-27 March 2013, Nottingham)
Triumphs and frustrations of self-motivated language learners using mobile devices (2011)
Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and de los Arcos, Beatriz
In : The CAL Conference 2011 - Learning Futures: Education, Technology & Sustainability (13-15 April 2011, Manchester)
Researching emergent practice among mobile language learners (2011)
Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and de los Arcos, Beatriz
In : 10th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2011) (18-21 October, 2011, Beijing, China) (pp. 74-77)
OER Evidence Report 2013-2014 (2014-11-20)
de los Arcos, B.; Farrow, R.; Perryman, L.-A.; Pitt, R. and Weller, M.
OER Research Hub