Background and activities

Supporting research into MOOCs, elearning and teacher training.


2020 9 Conversations: Network building for self-employment of refugees

The project will develop a set of self-study materials accessible to refugees to help them make better decisions when they start their own businesses in Europe. The Nordic study circle approach will be implemented to prompt refugees to have up to 9 conversations with appropriate local professionals in order to build the local network they need to succeed. NTNU is an associate partner sharing expertise in UDL and ConCurrent Design. My role will be supporting project management and ensuring quality.

2019 Prof E Sus: Implementing a sustainable mindset for a future-oriented lifestyle

When training guest-oriented vocational skills to students who will go on to work in small canteens, bed and breakfasts, cafes and restaurants, how do you impart a sustainable outlook? That is the challenge of the Prof E Sus project. We are developing a teacher training built on sustainable education competences and are exploring the value of case studies as a pedagogical approach. My role is quality assurance in project management and outputs.

2015 M-HOUSE: The purpose of the M-HOUSE project was to increase households’ awareness of their business potential and to valorize their entrepreneurial soft skills. M-HOUSE originates from the idea that households (both traditional and not) are based on simple business rules, which, if properly understood and valued can lead to greater creativity and employment opportunities.

My role in this project was to develop and implement the quality assurance plan, including the setting up of an external voluntary quality board of interested experts.

2015 FLITE: The dccdFLITE project built on the proven technique of using ConCurrent Design to fully develop an online course including the associated business plan to develop an online course that would train higher education students in entrepreneurial skills. These entrepreneurial skills included the use of CCD as a project management process. The project was aimed at IT students but open to anyone with an entrepreneurial interest.

My role in the project was to develop and implement the quality assurance plan including the establishment of a voluntary quality board of external experts to advise the project on the quality of its products.

2013 Uni-Key – Turning European placements into a learning environment for entrepreneurial skills – as a key competence of graduates of European universities

The Unikey “Bottom up approach” meant that we approached students/graduates when they get out of their “comfort zone” by undertaking an EU university-enterprise mobility period like Erasmus placements, for example, for which they need to leave their home university. Unikey identified key situations during a placement period and turned them into key entrepreneurial learning situations, i.e. entrepreneurial skill trainings aim to train and prepare for practical situations each student might experience before, during and after the stay abroad.

My role in the project was to develop and implement the quality assurance plan. I also helped in the development of the learning modules.

2012 UnderstandIT: The UnderstandIT project used the VITAE course to test how ConCurrent Design (CCD) could be used to develop a design document for an elearning course. ConCurrent Design originated in the engineering world and was here being transferred to a didactic context. The process of using CCD for elearning design can now be applied across educational institutions. One of the innovative aspects of the project is that the end product was not just a course implementation plan but also a business plan describing the resources needed and associated costs. My role in this project was to devise and implement the quality assurance plan.

2010 VITAE  In this project which I coordinated, we aimed to empower vocational teachers to mentor their students and colleagues to work competently in the digital world. The core of the model is a “Train the Trainer” course.


“Online learning: Lessons learned from developing, tutoring and monitoring online courses”, Fox, Anne 2014 Also available here in pdf format.

“The Little Book of Blogs, A blog anthology” Edited by Anne Fox 2013


“Mentoring for 21st Century Skills: It’s all about the learning”, Edited by Helen Keegan and Anne Fox, 2009, University of Salford.

“Teaching English as a Second Language”, Edited by Manish Vyas & Yogesh Patel, 2009, 2015 (second edition) Chapter 5 ‘Introducing ICT in the Language Classroom: An Intercultural Journey?’

“Living and Working in Europe” by Anne E M Fox 1996, Stanley Thornes


“Internal evaluation of educational EU projects” T. Hjeltnes, A. Fox, T.A. Hjeltnes Appears in: INTED2016 Proceedings, Pages: 7962-7972, Publication year: 2016, ISBN: 978-84-608-5617-7
ISSN: 2340-1079

“Is online learning any good?” Fox, Anne TESOL Kuwait Newsletter, February 2015 pp 14-16 Available in pdf format: Feb 2015 TESOL Newsletter

“Breaking Down the Classroom Walls: exploiting audience to increase motivation” in Conference Selections 2014, IATEFL, Ch 5 Getting Creative- inside and outside the classroom pp 112-115

“NooA: An online initiative for Learners and Course Creators” Anne Fox, Pedro Fernández Michels, Maria J. Spilker, Nordic Online Academy – NooA, Norway, The Joy of Learning, Enhancing Learning Experience – Improving Learning Quality
Proceedings of the European Distance and E-Learning Network 2013 Annual Conference, Oslo, 12-15 June, 2013
ISBN 978-963-89559-3-7, pp 919-923

“Identity Crisis: Managing Online Reputation”, in Conference Selections 2011, IATEFL Ch 6 Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age pp 124-126

Book Review “From Blogs to Bombs: The future of digital technologies in Education” Fox, Anne, International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, 1(3), 83-86, July-September 2010 83

“Community based mentoring and innovating through Web 2.0: Challenges and Tensions” Cristina Costa, Helen Keegan, University of Salford, Anne Fox, CV2, Denmark, EDEN 2009 Annual Conference, What did you invent for tomorrow? p 57

“Using podcasts in the EFL classroom” by Anne Fox, The Electronic Journal for Teaching English as a Second Language, Vol 11, No 4 March 2008

“Teaching Culture! A multi-national blended course for teachers of adults across Europe” by Anne Fox 2006, The Journal of Teaching English with Technology 2006, Vol 2

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications