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Prof Agnes Kukulska-Hulme PhD

Professor of Learning Technology & Communication

I lead the Learning Futures research and innovation programme and supervise PhD and EdD students.

My research encompasses adoption of new technologies in education, understanding learner experiences and transformational educational practices. The work has been supported by external funding from the EU, The British Council, RCUK, MK:Smart, Jisc, Becta, TIRF, Commonwealth of Learning, National College of School Leadership and the Mellon Foundation. I draw on my background in linguistics, language learning and terminology studies as well as concepts and theories from the fields of education and educational technology.

Teaching commitments have included leading university projects related to educational technology adoption including mobile learning, e-books, video reuse and synchronous group tuition. I have chaired the production and presentation of modules in the Institute of Educational Technology's Masters Programme in Online and Distance Education (MAODE), and have worked with module teams across the OU on learning design and professional development for academics and academic-related staff.

Agnes Kukulska-Hulme is Professor of Learning Technology and Communication in the Institute of Educational Technology where she leads the Learning Futures research and innovation programme. She is Past-President of the International Association for Mobile Learning (2010-13), and serves on several journals' Editorial Boards including ReCALL, SYSTEM, RPTEL, and International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning. She has been an invited Visiting Scholar or Fellow at several institutions: University of Technology, Sydney; National Central University, Taiwan; Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid; English Language Institute of Singapore (ELIS); and High End Expert at Beijing Foreign Studies University in China. Recent keynotes include Ministry of Education WSA-EC Forum 2018 Singapore, XVII AELFE 2018 Madrid, ELECC 2018 Hong Kong, mInclusion 2017 Gothenburg, ITK 2016 Finland, GloCALL 2015 Daejeon, ChinaCALL 2014 Beijing, UNESCO ML 2013 Paris, and ED-MEDIA 2012 Denver. Agnes has served in various management and leadership roles as Associate Director (Learning & Teaching and Academic Professional Development), Deputy Director IET, Co-Head of the Technology Enhanced Learning Group; and Programme Lead for Next Generation Distance Learning, Innovating Pedagogy, and Learning Futures. She has published over 160 journal articles, papers and books.

Agnes joined the Open University in 1996, having previously worked for 10 years at Aston University in Birmingham where she was a Research Fellow on an ESRC terminological database project and then a Lecturer in Computational Linguistics and French. For her PhD, awarded at Aston University in 1994, she mapped the authentic knowledge needs and questions of individuals responsible for everyday computer security in their organisations against the information they could obtain from a technical manual. This was a significant step in what became a lifelong pursuit to discover how people learn informally about emerging topics and technologies and how this informal activity should inform more established teaching practices and the design of teaching materials and user interfaces across a variety of media.






  • Read, Timothy; Bárcena, Elena and Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes (). Mobile and Massive Language Learning. In: Martín-Monje, Elena; Elorza, Izaskun and García Riaza, Blanca eds. Technology-Enhanced Language Learning for Specialized Domains: Practical applications and mobility Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 151-161.





  • Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes (). Prospects for inclusive mobile learning. In: Allegra, M.; Arrigo, M.; Dal Grande, V.; Denaro, P.; La Guardia, D.; Ottaviano, S. and Todaro, G. eds. Mobile Learning for Visually Impaired People Palermo: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche, pp. 13-25.



  • Arnedillo-Sánchez, Inmaculada; Arrigo, Marco; Crehan, Freida; Dal Grande, Paola; Di Giuseppe, Onofrio; Farrow, Robert; Fulantelli, Giovanni; Gabor, Andras; Gentile, Manuel; Kismihok, Gabor; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Merlo, Gianluca; Peasgood, Alice; Pettit, John; Seta, Luciano and Taibi, Davide (). Best Practices. In: Arrigo, M.; Di Giuseppe, O.; Fulantelli, G.; Gentile, M.; Merlo, G.; Seta, L. and Taibi, D. eds. MOTILL Mobile Technologies in Lifelong Learning: Best Practices Italian National Research Council - Institute for Educational Technology, pp. 34-37.
















  • Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes. (). La méthodologie en terminologie et la rédaction technique. In: Terminologie et Enseignement des Languages: Actes du colloque international organise par l'Association europeenne des linguistes et des professeurs de langues (AELPL), les 31 janvier et 1er fevrier 1991, a Cergy-Pontoise au Conseil general du Val-d'Oise, La Tilv éditeur (La Tribune Internationale des Langues Vivantes), Paris, 33-35.




Evaluation of the Frontline Immigration Advice Project (FIAP) 2018 - 2019
MASELTOV (Mobile Assistance for Social Inclusion and Empowerment of Immigrants with Pervasive Learning Technologies and Social Network Services) 2012 - 2014
Mobile Pedagogy for ELT 2013 - 2014
Motill - Mobile Technologies in Lifelong Learning: Best Practice 2009 - 2010

Innovations in Mobile Language Learning

Weekendavisen | 12th December 2015

Migrant language learning and mobile technologies

Flexible Education Norway | 25th August 2017

Mobile Learning and the Future of Learning

HETL | 28th February 2012

Mobile technology and global issues

IATEFL archive | 18th December 2014



23rd May 2019

Smart tools for mobile language learners

International Symposium - CALLmi: where are CALL and MALL going? Directions for future research Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy

Invited Talk

27th March 2019

The Design of MOOCs for Language Learning

MOONLITE Reaching Out: Open Digital Learning for Disadvantaged Communities University of Wolverhampton


28th June 2018

Specific purposes in language learning among migrants and refugees

AELFE (Asociación Europea de Lenguas para Fines Específicos) XVII International Conference Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid


18th May 2018

Recent Advancements in Mobile Language Learning

PLIN Day 2018 - Technological innovation in language learning and teaching Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium


6th May 2018

Learning from existing practice: refugee and migrant students and their needs

Language for Resilience - British Council Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina


18th April 2018

Mobile Technologies and Social Media for Assistance and Collaboration

Blended Learning in the Age of Social Change and Innovation, 3rd World Conference on Blended Learning Warsaw, Poland


27th November 2017

Mobile and Intelligent Assistants in Education

MEC 2017 Media Education Conference Rovaniemi, Finland


12th June 2017

Personal Challenges in Social Integration and Inclusion

1st mInclusion conference Gothenburg, Sweden


1st December 2016

Mobile and Personal Learning for Newcomers to a City

CLaSIC'16: 7th CLS International Conference - Learning in and beyond the classroom: Ubiquity in foreign language education Singapore


Collaborative Development Award 2014

(with NIE at Nanyang Technological University Singapore - UK Government and British Council)

Outstanding Paper Award 2004

Kukulska-Hulme, A. & Shield, L. (2004). Usability and Pedagogical Design: Are Language Learning Websites Special? ED-MEDIA’04 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Lugano, Switzerland, 22-26 June.

Outstanding Paper Award 2006

Pettit, J. & Kukulska-Hulme, A. (2006). Going with the grain: mobile devices in practice. ASCILITE’06 Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education conference: Who’s learning? Whose Technology? Sydney, Australia, 4-6 December.

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