- Position: Principal Teaching Fellow and Academic Lead for Open Educational Practice of the University of Leeds
- Areas of expertise: Open educational resources and practice; e-learning; digital humanities; Spanish language; Spanish contemporary society and politics; Undergraduate skills; autonomous learning; oral history; poetry
- Email: A.Martinez-Arboleda@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 3529
- Location: 2.37 Michael Sadler Building
- Website: | LinkedIn | ORCID
I obtained a Law degree at the ‘Universidad de Murcia’ in Spain while being actively involved in my university's Student Union as Head Delegate and working in my family’s business. I continued my studies in the Faculty of Law at the University of Leeds, where I completed my MA in Business Law in 1998.
I began my career in language teaching at the Instituto Cervantes and the University of Leeds in 1998. One year later I introduced my module on Spanish Politics (‘Spain: Political Decentralisation -El Estado de las Autonomías- and Integration into Europe’) and started to teach Spanish in an Economic and Business context.
In 2002 I designed the Autonomous Learning Portfolio currently used in Spanish at the University of Leeds and took charge of the overall reform and co-ordination of the Spanish Language programme until 2011. I initiated and ran for two years the Language Forum of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and was one of the founding editors of the Leeds Language Scholar in 2016/17. Over the years I have created a range of learning and assessment materials for the development of academic skills through professional simulations, often using e-learning and group activities.
In 2009 I commenced my work on Open Educational Resources as part of the HumBox Team. In 2011 I was awarded a SCORE fellowship to work on OER review by employers and became co-researcher of the JISC funded project OpenLIVES on Digitised Life Stories. In 2012 I became a member of the Steering Group of Jorum and acted as Chair in 2015. I have been Blended Learning Champion at the University of Leeds 2015–2017. I am regular contributor at different levels with AQA (Modern Languages and Cultures) since 2000.
I am involved in a variety of artistic activities including poetry (Transforming with Poetry, 100,000 Poets for Change and Poesía Indignada), poetry translation and music. I am the author of 2 books of poems Los viajes de Diosa (The Travels of Goddess) (2015, Diego Marín) and Goddess Summons The Nation (2018, Amazon). I have directed the video collection of Spanish poetry Las flechas de Artemis (The Arrows of Artemis) in 2016 and administer its Youtube Channel. I am the UK Delegate for Crátera Revista de Crítica y Poesía Contemporánea.
- Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education of the University of Leeds
- Senior Engagement Lead of the Knowledge Equity Network (KEN)
My scholarship focuses in the areas of Digital Education, OER (Open Educational Resources), Digital Humanities and Critical Pedagogy. I have delivered invited lectures in Japan (August 2019) and Brasil (August 2018) on these topics and participated in symposia and conferences.
I led a LITE (Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence) Teaching Enhancement Project on Desktop Capture Feedback during 2018. In relation to this topic, and more widely on the question of feedback in the digital age, I have published the following:
- Martínez-Arboleda, A. (2021). Tecnología, pedagogía y liberación en la enseñanza de lenguas: el feedback audiovisual de videocaptura de pantalla (FAV). En García Guirao, P. (coord.). Redefinir la enseñanza-aprendizaje del español LE/L2 (pp. 49-64). Octaedro.
- Martínez-Arboleda, Antonio. (2021). Ipsative assessment: measuring personal improvement. In Beaven, Tita; Rosell-Aguilar, Fernando (Eds), Innovative language pedagogy report (pp. 77–82). Research-publishing.net.
- Martínez-Arboleda, Antonio (2018) “Audiovisual Student Feedback (ASF) in Higher Education: Teaching and Power” The International Journal of E-Learning and Educational Technologies in the Digital Media (IJEETDM), 2018
- Martínez-Arboleda, Antonio (2018) “Student Feedback through Desktop Capture Feedback: creative Screen-casting” (Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on E-Learning and E-Technologies in Education (ICEEE2018), Lodz, Poland, 2018.
- Desktop Capture Feedback. Festival of Teaching. Academy of Innovation in Business Education. Leeds. 26 June 2018
- Regreso al futuro: screencast feedback. ELE-UK. London 15 June 2018
- 'Providing student feedback with desktop capture: a transformative domino effect?' UCISA. London 14 June 2018
In 2017 I was awarded a Hispanex grant by the Ministry of Education of Spain for my project on poetry digitisation Ártemis, which currently hosts the Spanish Poetry Translation Publication “La Crátera de Artemis”, involving universities across the World in collaboration with Revista Crátera and the Instituto Cervantes in Leeds and Manchester:
- Martínez-Arboleda, Antonio (2017). 'Artemis: Poetry in the Age of Eversion'. The Language Scholar (2)
- 'Artemis y Crátera, Poesías Globales'. Instituto Cervantes de Sao Paulo (Brasil) 15 August 2018
- 'Crátera y Ártemis: expediciones poéticas globales en la era digital'. Queen Mary University London. 15 November 2018
- Ártemis Project Presentation. Instituto Cervantes. Leeds: 28 February 2018. Manchester: 1 March 2018.
During 2009/2010 I was HumBox Institutional Partner for the Faculty of Arts of the University of Leeds and in the Spring of 2011 I was awarded a Fellowship by SCORE, the Support Centre for Open Educational Resources, funded by HEFCE and based at the Open University. As part of this fellowship, I led the research project ‘Review and Endorsement of Open Educational Resources by Graduate-Recruiting Employers’. The project was completed in July 2012.
- ‘Review and Endorsement of OERs by Graduate-Recruiting Employers’. November 2011.
- SCORE Fellowship Final Report
- Participation in Case Studies from OER practitioners at the University of Leeds. HEA 2012
- Martínez-Arboleda, A. (2012) ‘Modelling educational dialogue with employers around curricular employability in HE through OER’. Journal of Interactive Media in Education (JIME) 2012: JIME Cambridge OER 2012 special issue.
- Atkinson, S., Coughlan, T. and Martínez-Arboleda, A. (2012) ‘Open Educational Practice (OEP) Approaches to External Collaboration: The Arts, Charities and Businesses’. Higher Education Academy Commissioned work by SCORE Fellows.
- Martínez-Arboleda, A. (2012) ‘Employers' Curricular Collaboration in HE through OER’, Proceedings of Cambridge 2012: Innovation and Impact – Openly Collaborating to Enhance Education, OCW Consortium and SCORE, Cambridge, UK, April 16–18 2012, Milton Keynes, The Open University, pp.336-345. Available from:
In Summer 2011, the project OpenLIVES was awarded funding from JISC under OER-3 (Digital Capital). The project, led by the University of Southampton, finalised in 2013. I was co-investigator in OpenLIVES and my responsibilities included creating a new course on Oral History and Migration, currently taught at the University of Leeds (SPPO 3640: ‘Discovering Spanish Voices Abroad in a Digital World’), and designing repurposable learning activities based on the OpenLIVES research data. These resources, alongside any subsequent resources produced by students, have been published as OER in the HumBox. One of the outcomes of this educational experience is the OpenLIVES Pedagogy, which has been discussed and disseminated in various papers and publications:
- Antonio Martínez-Arboleda, "Historia Oral y digitalización estudiantes como productores críticos y colaborativos de conocimiento": Curso impartido en el XVII Encontro Estadual de História ANPUH/SC, Univille, Joinville (Brasil) 22–23 de agosto de 2018.
- Antonio Martínez-Arboleda, ponencia 'Historia, pedagogía crítica y creatividad en el currículum universitario: ¿un antídoto frente a la mercantilización de la educación o un simple calmante?' XVII Encontro Estadual de História ANPUH/SC, Univille, Joinville (Brasil) 23 de agosto de 2018.
- Martínez-Arboleda, Antonio (2016). 'Historia oral digital: reprogramación y empoderamiento educativo y social’. Bresciano, Juan y Sossai, Fernando, eds. El conocimiento histórico en el cíberespacio: prácticas académicas y proyección social. Montevideo: Ediciones Cruz del Sur.
- Martínez-Arboleda, Antonio (2013). ‘Discovering Spanish Voices Abroad in a Digital World’. In A. Beaven, A. Comas-Quinn, & B. Sawhill (Eds), Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom (pp. 176–188). Dublin: © Researchpublishing
- Martínez-Arboleda, Antonio (2013). ‘Liberation in OpenLIVES Critical Pedagogy: Empowerability and Critical Action.’ Caracteres. Estudios culturales y críticos de la esfera digital vol. 2 (1) (21-5-2013) Pp. 112–127.
- Martínez-Arboleda, Antonio (2013). ‘The OpenLIVES Pedagogy: Oral History of Spanish Migration, Collaborative Student Research, Open Practice and Transformational Education for a Radically Better Society’. In INTED2013 Proceedings. IATED (International Association of Technology, Education and Development): pp. 208–217
- 'El estudiante como productor y humanista digital: pedagogía crítica en OpenLIVES Leeds'. I Jornadas sobre hispanismo, edición y cultura digital. Jiho?eská univerzita. ?eské Bud?jovice. 28 May 2014
- 'El proyecto OpenLIVES'. I Jornadas sobre hispanismo, edición y cultura digital. Cervantes Institute. Prague. 26 May 2014
- 'The ethics of student digital publication'. OER14 Newcastle. 29 April 2014. Abstract and presentation available.
- 'Student-led Digital Oral History'. Making Digital History Project. University of Lincoln. 4 December 2013.
- ‘Oral History Student Research and OER Production: Political and Educational Considerations around the OpenLIVES Pedagogy’. Student as Producer Conference. University of Lincoln. 26 June 2013. Abstract available.
- ‘The OpenLIVES OER oral history experience: Rebalancing methodologies, values and identities in Arts and Humanities in HE’. Storyville. HEA Arts and Humanities Conference. Brighton. 30 May 2013.
- ‘From Graduate Employability to Trans-Academic Life Skills and Values’ The internationalisation of Spanish: Teaching applications and the role of translation. Swansea University. 22 March 2013.
- ‘The OpenLIVES Pedagogy: Oral History of Spanish Migration, Collaborative Student Research, Open Practice and Transformational Education for a Radically Better Society’. INTED 2013 (7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference). Valencia. 4 March 2013.
- ‘Transformational teaching in the OpenLIVES project’ (with M. Arrebola) e-Learning symposium 2013. University of Southampton. LLAS. 25 January 2013.
In connection with my teaching of Spanish Politics, I have published two articles on Podemos:
- Martínez-Arboleda, Antonio (2016). 'Podemos and the 15M Language Community'. New Politics. 60. Vol XV No 4. Winter 2016. pp. 99–107.
- Martínez-Arboleda, Antonio (2015). 'Podemos, the 15M Indignados Movement and the Radical Left in Spain'. New Politics (Blogs and Online Features). 17 December 2015.
- Licenciado en Derecho (Universidad de Murcia) 1995
- MA in Business Law (University of Leeds) 1998
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
I teach Spanish in an Economic and Business Context and promote OER, translation and poetry for language learners.
I run webminar sessions on Digital Cultures and OER in the MA in Digital Education of the University of Leeds.
I also specialise in Oral History and the production of research-based Digital Audio Documentaries – Podcasts (Final Year Projects).
I participate actively in the teaching of Contemporary Spanish Politics with a module on Political Decentralisation in Spain that I set in motion in 1999.
Recent teaching experience
I contributed with sessions on the Spanish Constitutional System in the Faculty of Law at Leeds from 2018 to 2021.
I co-ordinated and taught Spanish Language SPPO1010, the Year 1 post A-level core module, and taught on Digital Politics and European Integration within Spanish modules until 2021.
Research groups and institutes
- Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American
- Language pedagogy
- Centre for World Literatures