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Dr Fereshte Goshtasbpour

Lecturer in Online Teaching


I am a lecturer in online teaching at the Institute of Educational Technology.

My research focuses on learning and teaching in open and scaled online educational contexts (specifically MOOCs). I am particularly interested in online educators and their practices to facilitate learning. This includes exploring educators’ contributions to online discussions, their facilitation strategies and their communications with learners. My other research interests are:

Digital technology in higher education

Open online education

Online communications

Professional learning

Since I joined IET, I have worked on the following projects:

  1. 2021 Co-investigator, Digital Decisions: Understanding and supporting key choices in online and blended teaching in Sub-Saharan Africa (Funder: British Council)
  2. 2020-21 Co-investigator, Impact of COVID-19 on Equitable Access to Quality Education in the Context of Higher Education in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (Funder: OU RES)
  3. 2020-21 Academic Lead [maternity cover], Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Low-and-Middle Income Countries (Flunder: Fleming Fund)
  4. 2020-21 Co-investigator [maternity cover], Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) in Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Indonesia and Nepal (Funder: AHRC and GCFR)

I am currently working on the FCDO funded Skills for Prosperity Kenya project (2020-2023) as the capacity development lead.


Fereshte has over ten years of teaching experience in UK higher education as a lecturer and programme co-ordinator in digital education and TESOL (Teaching English to the Speakers of Other Languages). Her main area of research and teaching has been technology-supported learning and teaching particularly in language education, higher education and professional contexts.

Academic Biography

PhD in Education (2019).University of Leeds (UK)

Trinity CertTESOL (2010). University of Manchester (UK)

MA in TEFL(2009). Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)

BA Translation Studies (2003). Azad University (Iran)



Coughlan, Tim; Goshtasbpour, Fereshte; Mwoma, Teresa; Makoe, Mpine; Aubrey-Smith, Fiona and Tanglang, Nebath. (). Decision Making in Shifts to Online Teaching: Analysing Reflective Narratives from Staff Working in African Higher Educational Institutions. Trends in Higher Education, 2 (1) pp. 123-139.


Goshtasbpour, Fereshte; Swinnerton, Bronwen J. and Pickering, James D.. (). Twelve tips for engaging learners in online discussions. Medical Teacher, 44 (3) pp. 244-248.
Ngatia, David; Kamonjo, Florence and Goshtasbpour, Fereshte. (). Impact of online teaching capacity building programmes on online teaching: a case of University of Kabianga Kenya. In: Tenth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning, 14-16 Sep 2022, Calgary.
Jordan, Katy and Goshtasbpour, Fereshte. (). JIME Virtual Special Collection – 2012 to 2022: The Decade of the MOOC. Journal of Interactive Media in Education pp. 1-14.


Coughlan, Tim; Goshtasbpour, Fereshte; Mwoma, Teresa; Makoe, Mpine; Tanglang, Nebath; Bonney, Solomon; Aubrey-Smith, Fiona and Biard, Olivier (). Digital Decision: Understanding and supporting key choices in online and blended teaching in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
Coughlan, Tim; Goshtasbpour, Fereshte; Mwoma, Teresa; Makoe, Mpine; Tanglang, Nebath; Bonney, Solomon and Biard, Olivier (). Making digital decisions: A Guide for harnessing the potential of online learning and digital technologies. The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
Charitonos, Koula; Goshtasbpour, Fereshte; Dawadi, Saraswati; Littlejohn, Allison; Badger, S.; Vaidya, Abhinav; Giri, Santosi and Owusu-Ofori, Alex (). Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance: The AMR Surveillance Toolkit. The Open University.


Goshtasbpour, Fereshte; Swinerton, Bronwen and Morris, Neil Peter. (). Look who’s talking: Exploring instructors’ contributions to Massive Open Online Courses. British Journal of Educational Technology, 51 (1) pp. 228-244.
de Jong, Peter; Pickering, James; Swinerton, Bronwen; Hendriks, Renée; Goshtasbpour, Fereshte and Reinders, Marlies. (). Twelve tips for integrating massive open online course content into classroom teaching. Medical Teacher, 42 (4) pp. 393-397.



Best Presentation Award

The 8th International Conference on Distance Learning and Education, Barcelona, Spain.

Best Presentation Prize for Education, Childhood and Youth Pathway

The 7th White Rose DTP Annual Conference, York, UK.

Finalist- The 8th e-Learning Excellence Awards

21st European Conference on e-Learning, Brighton, UK.

Staff Award (Highly Commended) for Exceptional Contribution to Student Experience

Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK.