Antonio Martínez-Arboleda

Antonio Martínez-Arboleda


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 his 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.

Research interests

My scholarship focuses in the areas of Blended Learning, OER (Open Educational Resources), Digital Humanities and Critical Pedagogy.

I lead a LITE (Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence) Teaching Enhancement Project on Desktop Capture Feedback, running during 2018:

In 2017 I was awarded a Hispanex grant by the Ministry of Education of Spain for his project on poetry digitisation Ártemis:

  • 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.  

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 from
  • '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 from
  • ‘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. f
  • ‘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. Abstract available from:
  • ‘Transformational teaching in the OpenLIVES project’ (with M. Arrebola) e-Learning symposium 2013. University of Southampton. LLAS. 25 January 2013. Video and handouts for the presentation available from and

In connection with my teaching of Spanish Politics, I have published two articles on Podemos:

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  • Licenciado en Derecho (Universidad de Murcia) 1995
  • MA in Business Law (University of Leeds) 1998

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

I teach in Spanish Language post-A-Level, Spanish in an Economic and Business Context and promote OER, translation and poetry for language learners.

I participate very actively in the teaching of Contemporary Spanish Politics, covering questions of Political Descentralisation, Digital Politics and European Integration. I contribute with sessions on the Spanish Constitutional System in the Faculty of Law at Leeds.   

I also specialise in Oral History and the production of research-based Digital Audio Documentaries (Final Year Projects).

Research groups and institutes

  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American