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Prof Agnes Kukulska Hulme PhD

Professor of Learning Technology & Communication

I am a Professor in the Institute of Educational Technology where I lead on research and innovation, with a focus on pedagogical transformations and future learning scenarios across informal and formal settings. I have 35 years' experience researching, conceptualising and evaluating learning technologies in distance education, language learning and informal learning, and have spent 20 years developing the field of mobile learning. My current focus is on opening up education to marginalised populations and the use of mobile technologies and intelligent personal assistants for widening participation. The research is often conducted in collaboration with colleagues in Sweden, Canada, Italy, Spain, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and India. I've led major research projects as well as cross-university projects on mobile learning, e-book adoption, video reuse, and pedagogical aspects of synchronous group tuition. I have chaired the production and presentation of modules in the Masters in Online and Distance Education, and have worked with many module teams across the OU on learning design and professional development for academic and academic-related staff. In my external work I've authored guides for English language teachers on mobile learning and personalisation (published by British Council and Cambridge University Press), developed teachers in leadership programmes, and informed policy makers on mobile learning adoption. I supervise PhD and EdD students, support early career colleagues through mentoring, and I'm an active member of promotions committees.

I joined the Open University in 1996, having previously worked for 10 years at Aston University in Birmingham where I was based in the Languages and European Studies Department as a Research Fellow and then a Lecturer in Computational Linguistics and French. For my PhD awarded at Aston University, I mapped the authentic knowledge needs and questions posed by individuals responsible for computer security in their organisations against the information they could (or could not) obtain from technical documentation. This was a first step in what became my lifelong pursuit to discover how people learn informally about emerging topics and technologies, and how this informal activity can transform more established teaching practices and the design of teaching materials and user interfaces across a variety of media.

Agnes Kukulska-Hulme is Professor of Learning Technology and Communication in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) where she leads the Learning Futures research and innovation programme. She joined IET in 1996. As an expert in mobile learning, she has led many projects and participated in international initiatives, including the EU MOTILL project on mobile lifelong learning, the EU MASELTOV project's Learning Services for social inclusion of immigrants, British Council-sponsored research on Mobile Pedagogy for English language teaching and on Marginalisation in low-resource contexts, and the SALSA project on language learning in urban settings for the next generation of smart cities. Professor Kukulska-Hulme's research has been supported by external funding and commissions from the EU, The British Council, RCUK, UNESCO, Refugee Action, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Jisc, Commonwealth of Learning, MK Smart, Becta, TIRF, National College of School Leadership, Mellon Foundation, and Cambridge University Press.

She is Past-President of the International Association for Mobile Learning, and serves on several journals' Editorial Boards including ReCALL, RPTEL, and International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning. She has been an invited Visiting Scholar or Fellow at several institutions where she has led developments in mobile learning: English Language Institute of Singapore (Ministry of Education); Beijing Foreign Studies University in China (High End Expert); University of Technology, Sydney; National Central University, Taiwan; Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid. She has published over 180 journal articles, papers and books, and has been a keynote or invited speaker at over 100 conferences and workshops. Recent keynotes include ChinaCALL 2020 Beijing, Ministry of Education WSA-EC Forum 2018 Singapore, AELFE 2018 Madrid, ELECC 2018 Hong Kong, mInclusion 2017 Gothenburg, ITK 2016 Finland, GloCALL 2015 South Korea.

Professor Kukulska-Hulme has served in numerous 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 chaired several conferences, including the annual international mLearn conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning. She has served as an External Examiner of over 30 doctoral theses and an External Evaluator for grant-giving bodies and for overseas universities' research quality assessments (Hong Kong Institute of Education, University of Gothenburg, Athabasca University).







  • 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



5th December 2020

Smart Mobile Assistance in Language Learning

ChinaCALL 2020 Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing


26th September 2019

Assistance for Mobile Language Learners

10th International Conference on e-Learning Belgrade Metropolitan University, Belgrade, Serbia


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


29th October 2018

Online and Mobile Learning across the Curriculum: Promise and Potential

5th WSA-EC Forum 2018: Advancing Communication: Technology, Inquiry and Implementation Platforms Academy of Singapore Teachers, Ministry of Education, Singapore


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

For partnership development with the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University Singapore - UK Government and British Council.

Open University Teaching Fellowship 2001

As Chair of H802 (Masters) course team for “innovation and excellence in global on-line course delivery".

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.

External Appointments