Course Staff

Community Manager & Instructional Designer

Maria Luisa Malerba
Foto el 29-9-16 a las 15.31 2 is an assistant researcher in the eLearn Center at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC)in Barcelona, Spain. She is collaborating in the LLP project SpeakApps and in the Tempus project eQTeL and has finished her PhD thesis about informal second language learning in online communities under the supervision of Christine Appel. Her current research interests include social media, online communities, informal learning, distance education and CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning). Her objectives for the future are to become an expert of Task-based learning and to increase her experience as a teacher of Italian as a second language especially in online formal contexts. She is a native speaker of Italian and fluent in English, Spanish and Catalan.


Nadine Ducca graduated from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona with a degree Captura de pantalla 2016-10-15 a las 11.15.47in Translation and Interpreting and later pursued a master’s degree in Medical Translation from the Universitat Jaume I. She has been teaching English as a second language since 2003 and began working with Cambridge English Language Assessment in 2006. She is currently in charge of organizing and supervising all the official exams held in the Vallès Oriental, Barcelona. She is also a speaking examiner for levels from A.2 to C.1 (Key to Advanced). She has been collaborating with the UOC English language courses since 2010 and has participated in projects such as Tandem MOOC, English B.1 Teacher Training, English for UOC Staff, and, most recently, English for Vocational Training Courses (a collaboration between Jesuitas Educación and EducaciOnline, part of the UOC).

Andrea Berríos Muñoz is a doctoral student at the Univerity of Barcelona (UB). Her research focuses on the gamificacion for teaching Spanish native speakers.Captura de pantalla 2016-10-15 a las 13.10.23 During her whole career she has dedicated herself to the creation of digital materials for Spanish language and literature. In 2009 she got a degree in Hispanic Literature at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile. She has worked as an editor and author in Spanish and Chilean editorials. In 2012 her interest for teaching led her to do a Masters in Teaching of Language and Literature at the University of Barcelona, where she is doing her doctorate. She also has a Masters in Editing from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).

Marta Fondo Garcia is a doctoral candidate at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Her background is based on Art and Culture, she got her degree in Art History at Universitat de València. She has been working as a multilingual staff, guiding exhibitions and designing and managing workshops, in different cultural projects and museums since 1999. Her interest in didactics led her to look for new challenges so she holds a postgraduate degree in e-Learning Teaching and Course Design by the UOC, and a postgraduate course in Teaching Spanish as Second Language by Universitat de Valencia and Instituto Cervantes. She has been teaching languages the last years in different environments and modes, on-line, blended and in-class. Her research interests are MOOCs, Task Design and CMC in Second Language Teaching.

Carolina Egúsquiza is a language lecturer at the Rotterdam University of Applied Captura de pantalla 2016-10-15 a las 11.42.11Sciences, the Netherlands. Her educational background is in Foreign Language Education, Educational Technology and Linguistics and Literature. Carolina’s research interests involve Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP), Instructional Design, Intercultural Communication and Language MOOCs. She also collaborates with the University of Florida’s Network of Business Language Educators (NOBLE) to promote language learning across the disciplines and to help train future LSP teachers.

Ljubica Damevska is a doctoral student at the Department of English and German Studies at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Captura de pantalla 2016-10-15 a las 15.09.30Spain. She’s currently enrolled in her second year and holds a scholarship from the Martí i Franquès pre-doctoral programme. Her research interests are focused on online language learning, gamification in the language classroom and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for language learning.

Course Coordinators

christine2Christine Appel is the Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Modern Languages at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) in Barcelona, Spain. She is also the coordinator of European projects, amongst them, LLP project SpeakApps. She also coordinates EFL and teacher training courses in the Centre for Modern Languages at the UOC. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Dublin, Trinity College. Her current research interests include Computer-mediated Communication, Distance education, Task-based Learning, and Computer-supported collaborative learning in the L2. She is a member of realTIC (2014 SGR 1003), an AGAUR funded research group.

Joan-Tomàs Pujolà is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language Teaching at the Faculty of Education, University of Barcelona (UB). He is director of the Máster jtInteruniversitario de Formación de Profesores de Español como Lengua Extranjera (UB and Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and UB coordinator of the Máster MULTIELE – Erasmus Mundus. He holds a PHD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh. His research interests focus on Computer Assisted Language Learning, Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, Language Learning Autonomy and Language Teacher Education. He is the Principal Investigator of realTIC (2014 SGR 1003) and the Director of a three-year research project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, EDU2012-38049.

Technical Staff

francescFrancesc Santanach graduated as a Software Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He joined the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) in 1998. Currently, he is the main Architect at the UOC’s Learning Technologies Department. Not only is he responsible for the design and technical architecture of the CAMPUS project, but also for the development of the UOC’s virtual campus and other e-learning tools. His first activity at the UOC began in 1998 and lasted two years; he was working at the UOC/IBM/La Caixa Chair in information technologies carrying out research, software design and programming tasks. His interest in the virtual educational model also led him to become a teacher of Programming Fundamentals at the Computer Science Department which allowed him to teach engaging subjects, like those of Object Oriented Programming and Java. He has also been an author of learning materials for the Computer Science Department. Then, from October 2000 to June 2002, he worked in the Multimedia and Learning Design Department. Afterwards, in June 2002, he joined the Transfer Technology Department, He has also been working at the Learning Technology Department from February 2004 to date.