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Dr Anna Comas-Quinn

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Professional biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Spanish in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at The Open University. My work centers on the production and delivery of online distance language learning courses including the Masters in Translation qualification. 

I was responsible for the JISC-funded LORO repository project, which provides free Open Educational Resources for language teaching and learning, and was awarded a Fellowship for SCORE, the Support Centre for Open Educational Resources in 2010. I've been part of the organising committee for the UK OER conferences for many years, and have published extensively in the area of Open Resources and Practices. 

I served as Associate Head of the Department of Languages between 2013-16, and I'm currently a member of Senate.

Research interests

Open educational resources and practices, open online communities, technology-enhanced language learning, professional development for language teachers. I am particularly interested in how technology can improve and enable professional development for language teachers, and how open spaces and communities can be harnessed for educational purposes.


  • ExplOERer (2014-2016), an Erasmus+ project that looks at expanding the role of OER and fostering their sustainability through reuse and repurposing in new learning ecosystems. See


  • Performing Languages (2011-13), a Grundtvig project exploring links between drama and performance, and language teaching and learning. More information at



  • Mobile blogging to support intercultural learning and awareness: a pilot project that took place during Residential School in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in August 2007.


Teaching interests

I joined the Open University as a full-time Lecturer in Spanish in 2007, having previously worked as an Associate Lecturer and consultant author for many years. I am interested in applying technology to improve language teaching and learning, in particular in using open technologies and practices to enable teachers and learners to connect with communities inside and outside academia.

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CREET: Language and Literacies Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Education and Language Studies


Teachers’ Use and Acceptance of Gamification and Social Networking Features of an Open Repository (2018-01-23)
de los Arcos, Beatriz; Faems, Bram; Comas-Quinn, Anna and Pulker, Hélène
European Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 20(1) (pp. 126-137)

Inclusion in, and exclusion from, open education communities (2014-12)
Lane, Andrew; Comas-Quinn, Anna and Thomson, Simon
Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2014, Article 1(2)

MOOCs: striking the right balance between facilitation and self-determination (2014-03-31)
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

Editorial. JIME Nottingham OER2013 Special Issue: The potential of openness for engaging communities. (2013-10)
Lane, Andrew; Comas-Quinn, Anna and Carter, Jackie
Journal of Interactive Media in Education

Performing languages: an example of integrating open practices in staff development for language teachers (2013-01)
Alvarez, Inma; Beaven, Tita and Comas-Quinn, Anna
Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, 9(1) (pp. 85-92)

Editorial: Focus on Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) (2013-01)
Beaven, Ana and Comas-Quinn, Anna
Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, 9(1) (pp. 7-9)

The challenge of Open Education (2013-01)
Pantò, Eleonora and Comas-Quinn, Anna
Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, 9(1) (pp. 11-22)

Editorial - Cambridge OER 2012 (2012-10)
Comas-Quinn, Anna; Fitzgerald, Alannah and Fairweather, Ian
Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2012, Article 9

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)

Learning to teach online or learning to become an online teacher: an exploration of teachers' experiences in a blended learning course (2011-09-01)
Comas-Quinn, Anna
ReCALL, 23(3) (pp. 218-232)

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)

Mobile blogs in language learning: making the most of informal and situated learning opportunities (2009-01)
Comas-Quinn, Anna; Mardomingo, Raquel and Valentine, Chris
ReCALL, 21(1) (pp. 96-112)

Working with online communities: translating TED Talks (2019-07-26)
Comas-Quinn, Anna and Fuertes Gutierrez, Mara
In: Comas-Quinn, Anna; Beaven, Ana and Sawhill, Barbara eds. New Case Studies of Openness in and beyond the Classroom (pp. 101-113)
Publisher :

Introduction to new case studies of openness in and beyond the language classroom (2019-07-26)
Comas-Quinn, Anna; Beaven, Ana and Sawhill, Barbara
In: Comas-Quinn, Anna; Beaven, Ana and Sawhill, Barbara eds. New case studies of openness in and beyond the language classroom (pp. 1-8)
Publisher :

Using online volunteer translation communities for language learning in formal education (2019-07-10)
Comas-Quinn, Anna
In: Plutino, Alessia; Borthwick, Kate and Corradini, Erika eds. New educational landscapes: innovative perspectives in language learning and technology (pp. 41-46)
Publisher :

Situated Learning in Open Communities: The TED Open Translation Project (2016-12)
Cámara de la Fuente, Lidia and Comas-Quinn, Anna
In: Blessinger, Patrick and Bliss, T. J. eds. Open Education: International Perspectives in Higher Education (pp. 93-114)
ISBN : 978-1-78374-279-0 | Publisher : OpenBook Publishers | Published : Cambridge

Blended Teaching and the Changing Role of the Tutor – the need for a review of teacher professional development (2016-02-18)
Comas-Quinn, Anna
In: Marsh, Deborah and McCarthy, Michael eds. The Cambridge Guide to Blended Learning for Language Teaching (pp. 68-82)
ISBN : 9781316505113 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge

Clustering, Collaboration and Community: Sociality at Work in a cMOOC (2015-05)
Lewis, Timothy; Comas-Quinn, Anna and Hauck, Mirjam
In: Dixon, Edward and Thomas, Michael eds. Researching Language Learner Interactions Online: From Social Media to MOOCs. CALICO Monograph Series (pp. 45-61)
ISBN : 978-0-9963165-0-7 | Publisher : Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) | Published : Texas, USA

Sharing: Open Educational Resources for Language Teachers (2015-03)
Comas-Quinn, Anna and Borthwick, Kate
In: Hampel, Regine and Stickler, Ursula eds. Developing Online Language Teaching: Research-based Pedagogies and Reflective Practices (pp. 96-112)
ISBN : 9781137412256 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan

Language learning on the move: a review of mobile blogging tasks and their potential (2012)
Comas-Quinn, Anna and Mardomingo, Raquel
In: Díaz-Vera, Javier E. ed. Left to My Own Devices: Learner Autonomy and Mobile-Assisted Language Learning. Innovation and Leadership in English Language Teaching (6) (pp. 47-65)
ISBN : 978-1-78052-646-1 | Publisher : Emerald Group Publishing Ltd

Teaching through assessment (2011-05-26)
Amoraga-Piqueras, Maria-Rosa; Comas-Quinn, Anna and Southgate, Margaret
In: Nicolson, Margaret; Murphy, Linda and Southgate, Margaret eds. Language Teaching in Blended Contexts (pp. 75-92)
ISBN : 978-1-906716-20-2 | Publisher : Dunedin Academic Press | Published : Edinburgh

New case studies of openness in and beyond the language classroom (2019-07-26)
Comas-Quinn, Anna; Beaven, Ana and Sawhill, Barbara eds.
ISBN : 978-2-490057-52-8 | Publisher :

Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom (2013-09-03)
Beaven, Ana; Comas-Quinn, Anna and Sawhill, Barbara eds.
ISBN : 978-1-908416-09-4 | Publisher : | Published : Dublin; Voillans

Learning in the wild: a phenomenological investigation of online volunteer translation (2018)
Comas-Quinn, Anna
In : didTRAD PACTE 2018: Fourth International Conference on Research into Didactics of Translation (20-22 Jun 2018, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

‘An interest in translation and a great addition to the CV!’ An evaluation of learners’ experiences of an online volunteering task (2017-04-06)
Comas-Quinn, Anna; Fuertes Gutierrez, Mara and McGill, Lou
In : OER17: The Politics of Open (5-6 Apr 2017, London)

Leveraging passion for open practice (2013-03)
Comas-Quinn, Anna; Wild, Joanna and Carter, Jackie
In : OER13: Creating a Virtuous Circle (26-27 Mar 2013, Nottingham, UK)

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 Mar 2013, Nottingham)

Recursos educativos abiertos para la enseñanza de lenguas (2011)
Comas-Quinn, Anna
In : I Encuentro para Profesores de Centros Universitarios y de Centros Formadores de ELE (21 Jun 2011, London)

Experiences of Online Volunteer Translation and Implications for Translation Education (2020-05-29)
Comas-Quinn, Anna
edd thesis The Open University

Open Educational Resources in Language Teaching and Learning (2013-01)
Comas-Quinn, Anna and Fitzgerald, Alannah
Higher Education Academy (HEA), York.