Anne Preston | Research Associate

Anne Preston

I now work at Kingston University, but at Newcastle I was a Research Fellow in SOLE Central. I hold an MA in Applied Linguistics and Research Methods and a PhD in Applied Linguistics. My PhD looked at how teachers and students communicate in classrooms and how this can have an impact on their motivation as a dynamic construct rather than a fixed 'mind-set'.  I collaborated with staff and doctoral trainees in Open Lab for the past four years around the design and evaluation of technologies to support the future of learning and digital education. I started off collaborating on the design and evaluation of a context-aware system for language learning (LanCook). This got me interested in how technologies like sensors can more seamlessly be integrated into different learning environments to make learning more interactive and student-led. Later on, I collaborated on the development of evaluation approaches to group interactions with and around multitouch tabletop technologies for collaborative learning. From this, I learned more about adaptive learning technologies and the role of the teacher within this set-up.  Until 2016 I worked with researchers and doctoral trainees in Open Lab to develop different approaches to self-organised learning and the integration of Self-Organised Learning Environments (SOLE) into in- and outside school, Higher Education, Adult and work-place learning contexts. In the all of these areas, I have a particular interest in micro-analytical approaches to understanding the role of technology for education in everyday life as well as the development of new research methodologies to enable more open, inclusive and democratic ways of designing for and representing people’s experiences with new technologies in education. Tweet me @Prestontales


Group Spinner: Recognizing & Visualizing Learning in the Classroom for Reflection, Communication & Planning
Kharrufa A, Rix S, Osadchiy T, Preston A, Olivier P, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems5556-5567
Students’ Perceptions of Learning Processes as Co-Authors of Digital Tabletop Activities
Heslop P, Preston A, Reid A, Kharrufa A, 31st International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2017)


SOLE meets MOOC: Designing Infrastructure for Online Self-Organised Learning with a Social Mission
Celina H, Kharrufa A, Preston A, Comber R, Olivier P, 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '16)484-496
Hand-Raising in the Second Language Classroom: The Contribution of Interaction to Learner Motivation
Preston A, 256


Blending pedagogy, technology, skills and food: The French digital kitchen project
Seedhouse P, Preston A, Olivier P, The Cambridge Guide to Blended Learning163-175
Evaluating Digital Tabletop Collaborative Writing in the Classroom
Heslop P, Preston A, Kharrufa A, Balaam M, Leat D, Olivier P, Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2015: 15th IFIP TC 13 International Conference531-548
Can a kitchen teach languages? Linking theory and practice in the design of context-aware language learning environments
Preston A, Balaam M, Seedhouse P, Rafiev A, Jackson D, Olivier P, Smart Learning Environments


The French digital kitchen: Implementing task-based language teaching beyond the classroom
Seedhouse P, Heslop P, Preston A, Plotz T, Olivier P, Balaam M, Jackson D, Ali S, Computational Linguistics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications968-986
Kitchen as Classroom: Shifting perspectives in the design and evaluation of new technologies for learning
Preston A, Seedhouse P, Balaam M, Rafiev A, Jackson D, Olivier P, British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2014
Collaborative enquiry through the tabletop for second/foreign language learners
Lin M, Preston A, Kharrufa A, Kong Z, EUROCALL 2014: CALL Design: Principles and Practice202-208
The European Digital Kitchen Project
Seedhouse P, Preston A, Olivier P, Jackson D, Heslop P, Balaam M, Rafiev A, Kipling M, Bellaterra Journal of Teaching & Learning Language & Literature1-16
Enhancing language learning around the digital tabletop: do actions speak louder than words?
Preston A, Kharrufa A, Lin M, Kong Z, Innovative Language Teaching at University: Enhancing student performance


This looks easy!: The co-construction of Teacher Knowledge on Educational Technology
Preston A, British Association of Applied Linguistics 2013: Opening New Lines of Communication in Applied Linguistics
The French Digital Kitchen: Implementing Task-Based Language Teaching beyond the Classroom
Seedhouse P, Preston A, Olivier P, Jackson D, Heslop P, Pl&#246, tz T, Balaam M, Ali S, International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching50-72
A pervasive language learning environment:The European Digital Kitchen
Preston A, Seedhouse P, Global perspectives on Computer-Assisted Language Learning (WorldCALL)


The role of musical identities in the changing face of music education: How our learners can surprise us!
Preston C, Preston A, Centre for Learner Identity Studies (CLIS) Fourth Annual Conference on ‘Learner Identity’: Identity, State, Education
The French Kitchen: Task-Based Learning in an Instrumented Kitchen
Hooper C, Preston A, Balaam M, Seedhouse P, Jackson D, Pham C, Ladha C, Ladha K, Ploetz T, Olivier P, 14th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp)193-202
Can a kitchen teach languages?
Preston A, Languages Show Live
Can a kitchen teach me French?: Using digital technology to learn French language and cuisine
Preston A, Seedhouse P, Olivier P, Jackson D, Heslop P, Wagner J, Ploetz T, Ali S, Francophonie
Using Digital Technology to Teach Language and Cuisine
Seedhouse P, Preston A, III European Conference on Information Technology in Education and Society: A Critical Insight (TIES)242-243


From The Chalkface and Back Again: L2 Motivation as a Characteristic of Context in MFL Learning
Preston A, BAAL Language Learning and Teaching SIG 5th Annual Conference, Exploring the Interfaces: Interrelating learning theories, policy and practitioner perspectives


“I’m not here to entertain you, I’m here to help you learn”: Motivation and the co-construction of identity in the MFL classroom
Preston A, Cutting Edges: Identity in the Classroom
Doing 'motivation' in the Foreign Language classroom: Findings from the chalkface
Preston A, 17th Sociolinguistics Symposium


Suis-je bovvered, though? Measuring L2 motivation at the classroom level
Preston A, BAAL Language Learning and Teaching SIG 3rd Annual Conference, Towards a Researched Pedagogy


Re-locating L2 motivation in classroom interaction: A new methodology?
Preston A, BAAL-IRAAL Conference

Associated Projects

  • LanCook
    Following the success of the “Language Learning in the Wild” project, which used the Ambient Kitchen as a platform for Task-Based Learning of French, we began working with the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences on a broader Eu...
    August 30, 2011
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