Digital Economy USRG

Julie Watson


Head of eLanguages research and development unit, and Principal Teaching Fellow in eLearning in Modern Languages.

I design and develop online courses and teaching/learning resources, particularly in English for Academic Purposes and study skills (EAP and Study Skills Toolkits). We created and maintain the 'Prepare for Success' website ( for international students coming to the UK.

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Watson, Julie (2010) A case study: developing learning objects with an explicit learning design. Electronic Journal of e-Learning, 8 (1), 41-50.
Watson, Julie (2010) Many from one: repurposing learning objects to meet discipline-specific needs. IADIS International Journal on WWW/Internet, 8 (1), 16-26.


Watson, Julie (2013) Combining international student social and academic transition online. ISEJ International Student Experience Journal, 1 (2), Autumn Issue, 31-36.


Baker, Will and Watson, Julie (2014) Mastering the online Master’s: developing and delivering an online MA in English language teaching through a dialogic-based framework. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 51 (5), 483-496. (doi:10.1080/14703297.2013.796712).

Book Section


Watson, Julie (2013) FAVORing the part-time language teacher: the experience and impact of sharing open educational resources through a community-based repository. In, Beavan, Ann, Comas-Quinn, Anna and Sawhill, Barbara (eds.) Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom., pp. 85-95.


Watson, Julie (2015) Reflections on a personal journey in learning design. In, 10 Years of the LLAS eLearning Symposium: Case Studies in Good Practice. Voillans, FR., 105 -115. (doi:10.14705/rpnet.2015.000271).

Conference or Workshop Item


Watson, Julie and Dickens, Kate (2007) Versioning RLOs as ‘study skills toolkits’ for different user groups and developing community tools to support sharing and customisation. In Proceedings of E-Learn 2007: World Conference on E-learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare and Higher Education. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. 6 pp .


Watson, Julie, Dickens, Alison and Gilchrist, Graham (2008) The LOC tool: creating a learning object authoring tool for teachers. In Proceedings of Ed-Media 2008: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. 6 pp .


Watson, Julie and Jeffery, Ann (2009) MUVE, Moodle and a microblogging tool: blending technologies to prepare international students for language and life in the UK. Eurocall 2009: New Trends in CALL: Working Together, Gandia, Spain. 08 - 11 Sep 2009.
Harvey, Fiona and Watson, Julie (2009) Starting from virtual: a university island and a Second Life language learning project. Intercultural Experiences: National Workshop 2009, Coventry, United Kingdom. 11 Nov 2009.


Harvey, Fiona and Watson, Julie (2010) Herding cats virtually: managing a multi-disciplinary university island in Second Life. LLAS E-Learning Symposium, Southampton, United Kingdom. 28 - 29 Jan 2010.
Watson, Julie, Borthwick, Kate and Miguel, Arrebola (2010) The teaching community as the driving force in resource-sharing initiatives and repository-building. ELEARN 2010, Orlando, United States. pp. 1484-1493 .


Watson, Julie (2011) Designing a self-access website of pre-arrival learning resources to support international student mobility. Ed Media 2011 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, Lisbon, Portugal. 25 - 28 Jul 2011. 11 pp .
Watson, Julie (2011) The virtual path to academic transition: enabling international students to begin their transition to university study before they arrive. 10th European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL-2011), Brighton, United Kingdom. 10 - 11 Nov 2011. 8 pp .


Watson, Julie and White, Steven (2012) Designing and delivering an e-presessional course in EAP for the 21st first century international student. Bradley, Linda and Thouësny, Sylvie (eds.) 2012 EUROCALL Proceedings, Gothenburg, Sweden. 21 - 24 Aug 2012. pp. 314-319 .


Watson, Julie (2014) ‘Sizing up’ the online course: Adapting learning designs to meet growing participant numbers. In 2014 EUROCALL Proceedings. 6 pp . (doi:10.14705/rpnet.2014.000254).