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Alannah Fitzgerald

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I am an open education practitioner and researcher. Being somewhat nomadic, I have gained experience and understanding from learning, teaching and researching across different educational contexts, including Higher Education institutions in the United Kingdom, Canada, Korea, and Aotearoa/New Zealand (my country of origin). Increasingly, I have been drawn to devising and delivering online language learning interventions that can be scaled and assessed across both formal and informal education. I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Waikato in Aotearoa/New Zealand working under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Ian Witten with postdoctoral funding from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC). I will have completed my PhD from Concordia University in Canada at the beginning of 2019, where I have worked with Associate Professor Steven Shaw in the Educational Technology program. The majority of my doctoral research has been carried out away from Concordia in collaboration with the open-source data-driven Flexible Language Acquisition project ( at Waikato, and through research fellowships at leading UK higher education institutions (the Open University, Oxford, Durham) that have a proven track record in open education provision, specifically with respects to research and development in open educational resources (OERs) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

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Computer Assisted Language Learning, Corpus Linguistics, Data-Driven Learning, Design-Based Research, Educational Technology, English for Academic Purposes, Experience Design, Higher Education, Learning Architecture, Massive Open Online Courses, Mixed Methods, Natural Language Processing, Open Access, Open Data, Open and Distance Education, Open Educational Resources, Qualitative Methods, Second Language Learning, Self-Regulated Learning, Teacher Education, Text and Data Mining, Training and Professional Development