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Dr Christine O'Leary

Principal Lecturer And Subject Group Leader For Languages And Cultures Subject Area


Summary

I am a Principal Lecturer in the Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University. Following my appointment at Sheffield Hallam University in 1993, I have held a number of leadership and management roles including programme leadership, Learning, Teaching and Assessment Co-ordinator, and more recently Associate Director for the Centre for Excellence in Promoting Learner Autonomy (CPLA), Director of Sheffield Business School's Centre for Pedagogic Research and Innovation (CPRI) Faculty Teaching Fellow with responsibility for assessment. I am currently Subject Group Leader for the Languages and Cultures Subject Area. I serve on a number of University Committees, including the University's Academic Board and until recently the Board of Governors. I am presently Vice-chair of the Sheffield Business School's Information and Consultation Committee.

Outside the University, I am a member of a number of professional associations including the HE Academy, the British Educational Research Association and the national UK Association for Language Learning (ALL). I represent the UK/ ALL  on the Western Commission of the International Federation of French Teachers (CEO-FIPF) and was Vice-chair and Treasurer of the Commission until July 2012. I am now a trustee of the FIPF.

I am an active researcher and participant in local, national and international research networks relating to the development of learner/ teacher autonomy within formal educational contexts and assessment. I have presented papers at both national and international conferences, and published articles in refereed publications in these areas since the mid 1990s.

About

Qualifications

  • 2011: PhD in Higher Education, University of Sheffield
  • 1992: MA French Literature, University of Sheffield
  • 1980: BA French Language and Literature with Spanish, University of Sheffield

Principal Lecturer Subject Group Leader in Languages and Cultures

Teaching expertise

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Area Studies
  • European Studies
  • I have a wide ranging experience in teaching French and French area studies from ab-initio to undergraduate/postgraduate degree level.
  • Intercultural Competence
  • Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
  • Post Graduate Research - DBA
  • Post Graduate Research - MRes
  • Post Graduate Research - PhD
  • PRME

Research

  • Assessment for learning
  • Business Education
  • Learner and Teacher autonomy
  • PRME
  • Student engagement

Industry Links

  • Consultancy
  • CPD/ Training

Teaching

Department of Management

Sheffield Business School

Languages Studies

2015 to present: Philosophies/ research methods, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

2006 to present: Msc OB/HRM. , Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

1997 to present: Module leader and tutor for French Contemporary and Professional Studies 1, 2 ad 3 (previously Business, Society and Culture 1 to 3., Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

1993 to present: University Language Scheme French 1 to 6., Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

Publications

Journal articles

O'Leary, C. (2018). Exploring the development of learner autonomy from a postmodern and social constructivist perspective: prioritising voices. The Learner Development Journal, 2. https://ldjournalsite.wordpress.com/

O'Leary, C. (2018). Postmodernism as a Theoretical Framework for Learner Autonomy Research. Studies in Self-Access Learning (SISAL), 9 (3), 342-370. https://sisaljournal.org/archives/sep18/oleary/

Mynard, J., Mideros, D., & O'Leary, C. (2018). Special Issue Featuring Papers From the AILA Congress: Research Network on Learner Autonomy Symposium, Rio de Janeiro, July, 2017 Introduction. STUDIES IN SELF-ACCESS LEARNING JOURNAL, 9 (3), 243-246. https://sisaljournal.org/archives/sep18/introduction/

Mynard, J., Mideros, D., & O'Leary, C. (2018). Special Issue Featuring Papers From the AILA Congress: Research Network on Learner Autonomy Symposium, Rio de Janeiro, July, 2017 Introduction. STUDIES IN SELF-ACCESS LEARNING JOURNAL, 9 (3), 243-246. https://sisaljournal.org/archives/sep18/introduction/

O'Leary, C., & Giove, S. (2013). Fostering student engagement. Student Engagement and Experience Journal, 2 (2). http://doi.org/10.7190/seej.v2i2.81

O'Leary, C., & Giove, S. (2013). Fostering Student Engagement. Student Experience and Engagement Journal, 2 (2), 1-2. http://doi.org/10.7190/seej.v2i2.81

Conference papers

O'Leary, C. (2016). Redesigning the curriculum to Incorporate the Principles of Responsible Management Education. Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Conference.

O'Leary, C. (2007). Should learner autonomy be assessed? In Proceedings of the Independent Learning Association 2007 Japan Conference: Exploring theory, enhancing practice : Autonomy across the disciplines. Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba, Japan, October 2007. Indepedent Learning Association: http://independentlearning.org/ILA/ila07/files/ILA2007_031.pdf

Book chapters

O'Leary, C.T.C. (2014). Developing autonomous language learners in HE : a social constructivist perspective. In Murray, G. (Ed.) Social Dimensions of Autonomy in Language Learning. (pp. 15-36). London: Palgrave Macmillan

Brown, S., Hsia Hui Chik, A., & O'Leary, C. (2013). Becoming autonomous individuals in communities: Triumphs and Struggles. In Barfield, A., & Delgado Alvarado, N. (Eds.) Autonomy in Language Learning: Stories of Practices. (pp. 74-83). IATEFL

Forder, S., Malone, C., & Vernon-Parry, K. (2010). To support student learning by embedding writing skills. In Bramhall, M., O'Leary, C., & Corker, C. (Eds.) CPLA Case Studies. Vol.2. (pp. 77-88). Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy, Sheffield Hallam University: http://extra.shu.ac.uk/cetl/cpla/resources.html

Mchale, A. (2010). Work based projects in the humanities : autonomous learners and satisfied students? In Bramhall, M., O'Leary, C., & Corker, C. (Eds.) CPLA Case Studies. (pp. 159-168). Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy: http://extra.shu.ac.uk/cetl/cpla/resources/CPLA_Case_Studies_Volume_2.pdf

Wilson, R., Stringer, E., & Nortcliffe, A. (2010). Putting Students in the Lecturers Shoes. In Bramhall, M., O'Leary, C., & Corker, C. (Eds.) CPLA Case Studies. (pp. 229-235). Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy, Sheffield Hallam University: http://extra.shu.ac.uk/cetl/cpla/resources/CPLA_Case_Studies_Volume_2.pdf

Nortcliffe, A., Stringer, E., Cogill, P., & Winwood, B. (2010). Nursing IT: A Peer Assisted Learning Project for Nursing and IT Students. In Bramhall, M., O'Leary, C., & Corker, C. (Eds.) CPLA Case Studies. (pp. 177-184). Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy, Sheffield Hallam University: http://extra.shu.ac.uk/cetl/cpla/resources/CPLA_Case_Studies_Volume_2.pdf

Lyne, C., Myers, G., O'Leary, C., & Pettigrew, M. (2000). Coping with the diversity of language competence displayed by intermediate level IWLP students: Evaluation of the Sheffield Hallam University Language Scheme placement tests. In Fay, M., & Ferney, D. (Eds.) Current trends in modern languages provision for non-specialist linguists. (pp. 166-180). CILT

O'Leary, C. (2000). Development of Specialist Lexis and Register in the Higher Stages of the I.W.L.P: A Teachers Perspective. In Fay, M., & Ferney, D. (Eds.) Current Trends in Modern Languages Provision for Non-Specialist Linguists: Institution-Wide Language Programmes. (pp. 123-138). London: CILT

Books

Bramhall, M., O'Leary, C., & Corker, C. (Eds.). (2010). CPLA Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy. A Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Case Studies: Volume 2. Sheffield: Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy.

Bramhall, M., O'Leary, C., & Corker, C. (Eds.). (2010). CPLA Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy. A Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Case studies: faculty projects. Sheffield: Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy.

Bramhall, M., O'Leary, C., & Corker, C. (Eds.). (2010). CPLA Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy. A Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Case Studies: Volume 2. Sheffield: Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy.

Bramhall, M., O'Leary, C., & Corker, C. (Eds.). (2010). CPLA Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy. A Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Case studies: faculty projects. Sheffield: Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy.

Reports

O'Leary, C., Ridley-Duff, R., & Gilligan, C. (2020). Sheffield Business School- PRME- SIP Report 2019. United Nation Global Compact Publication. https://d30mzt1bxg5llt.cloudfront.net/public/uploads/sip-reports/SIP2019SheffieldHallamUniversity.pdf

Austen, L., Donnelly, A., McCaig, C., & O'Leary, C. (2018). Evaluation of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme. Office for Students website: Office for Students. https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/publications/evaluation-of-the-national-teaching-fellowship-scheme/

Presentations

O'Leary, C. (2017). Fostering Learner engagement and autonomy through assessment.

O'Leary, C. (2017). Le rôle de l'émotionnel et du relationnel dans le développement de l'autonomie chez des étudiants de FLE d'une université britannique.

O'Leary, C. (2017). Innovation and Challenges in researching learner autonomy in context.

Gilligan, C., & O'Leary, C. (2016). Redesigning the curriculum to Incorporate the Principles of Responsible Management Education.

O'Leary, C. (2016). Le rôle de l'émotionnel et du relationel dans le développement de l'autonomie chez les étudiants de Fle d'une université britannique.

O'Leary, C. (2016). Affect in Language Learning.

O'Leary, C. (2016). Fostering Learner engagement and autonomy through assessment.

Gilligan, C., & O'Leary, C. (2016). Redesigning the curriculum to incorporate PRME: Working together. Presented at: 3rd annual PRME Chapter UK & Ireland conference 2016, University of Nottingham, 2016

O'Leary, C. (2015). The role of assessment in fostering learner engagement and developing their autonomy: a social constructivist approach.

O'Leary, C. (2015). Encouraging students to think about ethical management.

O'Leary, C. (2013). Développement de l'apprenant autonome dans les classes de langues.

O'Leary, C. (2013). Student engagement: what does this mean in relation to learner development?

O'Leary, C. (2012). Le développement de l'autonomie de l'apprenant et son rôle dans la didactique du FLE.

O'Leary, C. (2012). Developing autonomous and collaborative learners within an HE context: a constructivist perspective.

O'Leary, C. (2012). Le role de l'émotionnel dans l'apprentissage du français.

O'Leary, C. (2011). Developing autonomous language learners: insights from practitioner research. Presented at: 16th AILA World Congress (AILA2011) : Harmony in Diversity: Language, Culture, Society, CELEA, Beijing, China, 2011

O'Leary, C. (2010). Enhancing student learning through assessment: a school-wide approach. Presented at: HEA Annual Conference 2010 : Shaping the future : Exploring impacts and changes to the student learning experience over the next five years, University of Hertfordshire, 2010

O'Leary, C. (2008). Can learner autonomy be assessed. Presented at: Language Learning Conference, Hong Kong University of Technology and Payap University Chiang Mai, 2008

O'Leary, C. (2006). Supporting the development of autonomy in advanced language learners on an institution-wide language programme.

O'Leary, C. (2006). Pratiques de formation et d'autoformation d'étudiants spécialistes d'autres disciplines à l'université de Sheffield Hallam au Royaume Uni. Presented at: Congrès International de la Fédération Nationale des Professeurs de Français, Vienna, 2006

O'Leary, C. (2005). Putting Learner Autonomy Into Practice - Re-Visiting Learning Experiences.

O'Leary, C. (2005). Rethinking Pedagogical Model for E.learning.

O'Leary, C. (2005). Collaborative learner development in a university-wide language programme. Presented at: 14th AILA World Congress : The future is now!, American Association of Applied Linguistics, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, 2005

O'Leary, C. (2004). Panorama Didactisé de la Francophonie.

O'Leary, C. (2004). The role of digital technology in the language classroom. Presented at: Language World 2004 : Reaching Out, University of Oxford, 2004

O'Leary, C. (2002). Developing autonomy in advanced non-specialist language learners. Presented at: 13th AILA World Congress, Singapore, 2002

O'Leary, C. (2002). Developing autonomy using portfolio-based assessment. Presented at: Language World Conference 2002 : Building Bridges, University of York, 2002

O'Leary, C. (2001). On the road to autonomy : advanced learners' perception of foreign language learning in an institution-wide language programme. Presented at: British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference 2001, University of Leeds, 2001

O'Leary, C. (2000). Developing a specialist lexis and register in the higher stages of an IWLP: A teacher's perspective.

O'Leary, C. (1995). Developing a Specialist Lexis and Register in the Higher Stages of an IWLP.

Other publications

O'Leary, C. (2005). Rethinking Pedagogical Model for E.learning - Research Report.

Other activities

Research funding or grant

  • 2017: Contributor to the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) Evaluation-HEFCE-funded, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

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