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Ms Kate Borthwick MA Hons, MA, FHEA

Principal Enterprise Fellow (Educational innovation)

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I am a Principal Enterprise Fellow (Educational innovation) in Modern Languages and Linguistics, the Lead for Digital learning in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and Director of Open Online Courses for the University (MOOCs).

I am an experienced language teacher, developer of online learning materials/courses and e-tutor. I was involved in the creation of two repositories of OERs: LanguageBox and HumBox. I am the course designer for 6 (and counting) FutureLearn/UoS MOOCs including: 'Understanding Language: learning and teaching,' 'Agincourt 1415: myth and reality,' 'English Medium Instruction for Academics' and 'Jane Austen: myth, reality and global celebrity.' I attend conferences regularly and am a regularly invited speaker. I was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Award (individual) for internationalisation in 2016, for my work on the MOOC 'Understanding Language' and a Vice-Chancellor's Award for innovation in Teaching in 2018. In 2021, I led the MOOC team to a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) from AdvanceHE. You can read my 2021 blogpost for AdvanceHE on how we use MOOCs in teaching here. I was elected on to the executive board of the European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning (EuroCALL) in 2018 and elected Vice-President in August 2021.

From 2008 – 2016, I managed and coordinated activities in relation to online and blended learning at the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS), initiating and managing projects, devising and delivering CPD training, creating resources for teaching and learning, and organising and running events. I directed and managed the successful LLAS elearning symposium over this time, an annual event which brought together practitioners and academics from all over the world. I devised and managed multi-disciplinary, national and international projects related to Open Education and Open Educational Resources, including the JISC/HEA HumBox (2010/11), FAVOR (2011/12), Community Café (2010/11) and OpenLIVES (2011/13) projects; the HEA iTunes and You (2012/13) and XML Projects (2014). I managed the project that developed the HumBox OER repository and led community engagement and feedback in the development of the LanguageBox OER repository. I also directed and delivered training and development of the LOC authoring tool (Learning Object Creator), an online authoring tool for online materials developed at the University of Southampton. I was part of the project teams on: The OneShare project (JISC) 2009/10; Faroes (JISC) 2008; and L20: Sharing Language Learning Objects (JISC) 2006/7.

I am a linguist who spent ten years teaching English to international students across the globe and in universities around the UK, before taking a Masters at Newcastle University in the use of technology in language teaching. I joined the University of Southampton in 2005, becoming one of our first e-tutors for distance online courses and in-sessional language support classes and an online materials designer for the commercially available ‘Study Skills Toolkit’ and ‘EAP Toolkit’. I have been involved with a variety of research projects looking at issues around eLearning, in particular, the creation of repositories for digital teaching resources. I retain a keen interest in learning languages, and am particularly interested in how the developing digital world can enhance the language-learning experience.

Research interests

My research interests include open educational practices, open educational resources, blended learning for languages, MOOCs and their impact, online course and materials design.

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Modern Languages eLearning Group

I lead on digital learning in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. This role involves leading on the development of innovative practices in teaching and learning across Humanities and driving forward innovation in course delivery, as well as facilitating change and connecting good practice across the Faculty.

In the University’s Digital Learning team, I lead on the University’s relationship with MOOC-provider, FutureLearn, and lead strategy related to the development of the University’s open online courses.

I am a Principal Enterprise Fellow in Modern Languages and Linguistics, with a focus on Technology Enhanced Learning. I work with the Director of Enterprise and lead on the development and delivery of Faculty and department elearning strategy and opportunities, including MOOCs. I also work in collaboration with colleagues, providing leadership and support in the design, development, delivery and evaluation of technology enhanced learning. I work with external clients in the development and delivery of short courses and provide expert advice in the use of technology for teaching and learning. I am involved in postgraduate teaching and supervision.

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I teach the postgraduate module LING6040 ‘E-learning and language teaching’ and I supervise Masters dissertations. I am part of the supervisory team for three PhD students who are researching in the area of blended learning and MOOCs.

I regularly contribute guest sessions on technology enhanced learning to other university programmes.

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