I have been Staff Tutor for Languages at the London Regional Centre since 2004. This involves the appointment, staff development and management of a team of Languages Associate Lecturers in London, and working with collegues from elsewhere in the Open University on a variety of projects.
I originally joined the Open University in 1999 in the West of England as an Associate Lecturer on the first Spanish course L140 En Rumbo.
I previously worked teaching Spanish and French in Adult and post 16 education. I was an 'Advanced Practitioner' at North Devon College and worked in quality management. I was also responsible for a portfolio-based course accredited by the OCNSW 'First Steps in Teaching'.
For 2012 I was deputy Associate Dean for Teaching and Leaning in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies (FELS)
I am Academic Lead of the Language Studies Programme Student Support Team.
‘Online Models for Professional Development of a distributed team using virtual tools; the Dyslexia in Modern Languages Project’ EDEN conference, Zagreb, 12 June 2014
Arias-Mclaughlin, X. and Heiser, S. (2013) ‘Dyslexia and Modern Languages in HE: an online staff development project’ CALRG (Computers and Learning Research Group, IET) 34th annual conference, 12 June
‘LORO; Integrating creative online repository use into teachers’ work patterns’, EUROCALL 2012, 24 August, Gothenburg
‘Collaborative online language learning: how do we develop teacher skills?’ Heiser, S and Murphy, L. LLAS (Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies) Languages in Higher Education conference Raising the standard for languages, London, 1-2 July 2010
Heiser, S. (2014) ‘Modern languages and dyslexia: supporting ALs tutoring dyslexic students. A Staff Development project,’ workshop at the OU Learner Support Services Disability conference, Kents Hill, Milton Keynes, 14 May.
Swindells, J. and Heiser, S. (2014) 'Specific learning differences and implications for module design', IET eLearning Group event on Accessibility, co-presented with Jane Swindells, OU Disability Advisory Services, 23 April ('stadium' recording)
Gallardo, M. and Heiser, S. (2013) ‘Dyslexia and Modern Language Learning: supporting ALs tutoring dyslexic students’ Presentation to the University Accessibility group, 1 July.
'Dyslexia and Modern Languages in HE: an online staff development project’ Sarah Heiser and Ximena Arias-Mclaughlin. CALRG (Computers and Learning Research Group, IET) 34th annual conference, 12 June 2013
‘Engaging language teachers in open educational practices through collaborative writing and peer review’ OLRG seminar, 15 January 2013, co-presented with Christine Pleines
‘Spanish as a Foreign Language (ELE) online meetings OU-University of Córdoba’ OLRG (Open Languages Research Group) full presentation to the OLRG, with Matilde Gallardo Carmen García Manga and Anna Sánchez Rufat, University of Córdoba, April 24 2012 + presentation to the E-Learning community April 25 2012
‘Spanish as a Foreign Language (ELE) online meetings OU-University of Córdoba’ OLRG (Open Languages Research Group) Pecha Kucha presentation, Feb 21 2012, co-presented with Matilde Gallardo
‘Integrating LORO into professional development for Associate Lecturers at the Department of Languages’ OLRG (Open Languages Research Group) Pecha Kucha presentation, Dec 6 2011
‘Integrating LORO into professional development at the Department of Languages'. An OER project. Project team: Tita Beaven + Anna Comas Quinn, Christine Pleines, Annette Duensing, Matilde Gallardo (funded by the OU as a scholarship for teaching and learning (SofT) project, 2011-2012
'Encuentros para profesores de ELE’ Open-University-Universidad de Córdoba collaborative online project for colleagues and ALs to establish a community of practice with teachers of Spanish for academic purposes at the University of Córdoba to exchange views and experience on teaching. Staff development project with Matilde Gallardo, for Spanish teams in the South East on England and London, 2011-12
'Student training for learning languages in synchronous online spaces' - work based on 'Elluminate for All'
Dyslexia in Modern Languages AL staff development project (DMLL)
Ab initio A-level, language learning strategies, see 'Spanish at KS5; teaching A-level ab initio' in Vida Hispánica Spring 2007, number 35, pp 20-25
Since joining the Open University in 2004 as Staff Tutor for Languages in the London Region, I have been responsible for the full range of Department of Languages courses in presentation, now over 1000 students per year. I am responsible for the engagement, induction, management and staff development and of a team of some 45 Languages Associate Lecturers in London. I am a member of L140 En Rumbo intermediate Spanish module team and the Award Board. I originally joined this course on its first presentation in 1999 as an Associate Lecturer in the West of England. I was the Staff Tutor member of the second edition production team and presentation chair in 2010. I have been a Staff Tutor member of the Beginners Remakes (2009-2012), most actively on L192 Bon départ. Since 2005 I have worked at the Caen Residential School in Normandy each year, on the free-standing LXR122 Action in French, variously as tutor or Module Director, and in 2013 as School Director and Module Director for the residential week of L211Envol.
When the Department of Languages moved to blended tuition, I was a member of the VLE group, active in the introduction of Elluminate, which included the training of Associate Lecturers in online language teaching and supporting colleagues. I remain responsible for "Elluminate for All", induction sessions offered to all Languages students at each module start point and prior to online EMAs, for which I organise a team of ALs drawn from all regions and nations. In London, I chair the AL Staff Development Working Group, established in 2012.
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