Mr Antonio  Martínez-Arboleda

Mr Antonio Martínez-Arboleda

Principal Teaching Fellow in Spanish

+44 (0)113 343 3529

Summary: Open Educational Resources and Practice; e-Learning; Digital Humanities; Spanish Language; Spanish Contemporary Society and Politics; Undergraduate Skills; Autonomous Learning; Oral History; Poetry

Location: Michael Sadler Building

Teaching Commitments: SPPO1010, ‘Practical Language Skills in Spanish’; SPPO2650/1 ‘The Spanish Regional Melting Pot: The Same Old History?’; SPPO3062 ‘Spanish in a Business and Economic Context’; MODL3350 Final Year Project: Digital Documentary (Formerly OpenLIVES)

Professional biography

Antonio Martínez-Arboleda (Licenciado en Derecho, MA Business Law, FHEA and SCORE Fellow), obtained a Law degree at the ‘Universidad de Murcia’ in Spain while being actively involved in his university's Student Union as Head Delegate and working in his family’s business. He continued his studies in the Faculty of Law at the University of Leeds, where he completed his MA in Business Law in 1998. 

Antonio began his career in language teaching at the Instituto Cervantes and the University of Leeds in 1998. One year later he introduced his 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 he designed the Autonomous Learning Portfolio currently used in Spanish and other languages at the University of Leeds and took charge of the overall reform and co-ordination of the Spanish Language programme until 2011. He 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 he has 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 Antonio commenced his work on Open Educational Resources as part of the HumBox Team. In 2011 he 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 became a member of the Steering Group of Jorum and acted as Chair in 2015. He has been Blended Learning Champion at the University of Leeds 2015-2017. He is a regular contributor at different levels with AQA (Modern Languages and Cultures) since 2000.

Antonio is involved in a variety of artistic activities including poetry (Transforming with Poetry, 100,000 Poets for Change and Poesía Indignada), poetry translation and music. He is 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). He directed the video collection of Spanish poetry Las flechas de Artemis (The Arrows of Artemis) in 2016 and administers its Youtube Channel. He is the UK Delegate for Crátera Revista de Crítica y Poesía Contemporánea.


Antonio currently teaches and co-ordinates:

  • SPPO1010, ‘Practical Language Skills in Spanish’;

  • SPPO2650/1 ‘The Spanish Regional Melting Pot: The Same Old History?’;

  • SPPO3062 ‘Spanish in a Business and Economic Context’;

  • MODL3350: ‘Final Year Project: Digital Documentary (replacing 'Digitising Life and research' and 'Discovering Spanish Voices Abroad in a Digital World’ - OpenLIVES).

He also contributes to SPPO3071 ‘Contemporary Spain: From Franco to Zapatero (1975-2010)', LAW1255 'European Constitutional Systems' and SPPO1060 'Essay Project in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies' with sessions on Spanish politics, Spain in Europe, Spanish Law and the Spanish Economy. 

Student Education Research and Scholarship

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

He leads a LITE (Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence) Teaching Enhancement Project on Desktop Capture Feedback, running during 2018.

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

During 2009/2010 he was HumBox Institutional Partner for the Faculty of Arts of the University of Leeds .

In the Spring of 2011 he 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, Antonio 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.  Antonio was co-investigator in OpenLIVES and his 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.

Antonio is one the founding editors of the Leeds Language Scholar Journal. 


Martínez-Arboleda, Antonio (2017). 'Artemis: Poetry in the Age of Eversion'. The Language Scholar (2) 

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 (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 & On-line Features). 17 December 2015.  

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  

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. Available from:

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: 

Martínez-Arboleda, A. (2009) ‘Using new technologies on content modules in modern languages’, Liaison. July 2009. Pp. 29-31. 

Latest conference papers 

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 

Ártemis Project Presentation. Instituto Cervantes. Leeds: 28 February 2018. Manchester: 1 March 2018.

'El estudiante como productor y humanista digital: pedagogía crítica en OpenLIVES Leeds'. I Jornadas sobre hispanismo, edición y cultura digital. Jihočeská univerzita. České Budějovice. 28 May 2014

'El proyecto OpenLIVES'. I Jornadas sobre hispanismo, edición y cultura digital. Cervantes Institute. Prague. 26 May 2014

'Pedagogía crítica en Humanidades: Historia Oral Digital en OpenLIVES'. I Jornadas sobre hispanismo, edición y cultura digital. Univerzita Karlova. 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

‘Case study from experienced OER practitioner’. Embedding Open Educational Resources institutionally. HEA Workshop and Seminars Series. University of Leeds. 24 January 2013

‘Arts Engaged – collaboration beyond the University’ (with M. Chitty, R. Hallet, T. Hornsby-Smith) ‘Great Expectations’ Student Education Conference (SEC2). University of Leeds. 4 January 2013   

‘Piloting Employer Input into Curriculum Design through Open Piloting Employer Input into Curriculum Design through Open Educational Resources (OER) ‘Employability: Addressing the Gulf between Academic, Student and Employer Perspectives’. University of Leeds, 3 December 2012. Available from

‘Creating and using open content in the Humanities’. HEA OER Series: Digital Literacies and Open Educational Practice. University of Southampton. 7 November 2012. Available from:

‘Piloting Employer Engagement in OERs Repositories: A new approach to curricular employability in HE’.  Employer Engagement in a Digital Age Conference at the University of Greenwich on the 4 July 2012. Presentation available from

Learning Resources (OER)

Oral History, Migration and Research Methods  

Martínez-Arboleda A, ‘OpenLIVES - Discovering Spanish Voices Abroad in a Digital World: Resources’. (Collection). February 2013 (last updated July 2013). Available from

Martínez-Arboleda A, ‘OpenLIVES - Year 1 Spanish Language and Spanish Society Learning Resources’. (Collection). February 2013. Available from

Learning and Teaching

Martínez-Arboleda A, 'The benefits of lecture capture'. November 2015 

Martínez-Arboleda A, ‘Enhancing Modern Languages Teaching: Student Participation and Motivation’. September 2010. Available from

Politics and Society

Martínez-Arboleda A (ed.), 'Entrevista a Guillermo Cruz, director de €uroestafa'. June 2015

Martínez-Arboleda A, ‘Discussion Board: Obama visits Spain’. January 2010. Available from

Martínez-Arboleda A, ‘Attitudes Towards Regional Autonomy in Spain: The Case of Lorca (Región de Murcia)’. 17 videos, Methodology and Transcripts. August 2009. Available from

Martínez-Arboleda A, ‘Discussion Board: Promotional video on European elections’. June 2009. Available from

Martínez-Arboleda A, ‘Discussion Board: Newspaper debate on identities and linguistic diversity in contemporary Spain’. June 2009. Available from

Martínez-Arboleda A, ‘Discussion Board: TV documentary on national identity in contemporary Spain’. June 2009. Available from

Martínez-Arboleda A, ‘Discussion Board: TV documentary on identities and linguistic diversity in contemporary Catalonia’. June 2009. Available from

Martínez-Arboleda A, ‘Discussion Board: Socioeconomic and demographic reality of Contemporary Spain’. June 2009. Available from

Language and Literature

Martínez-Arboleda, A (ed.), 'Exploring the Feminine and the Divine - Explorando lo femenino y lo divino'. February 2015.

Martínez-Arboleda, A and Cullel, D, 'Interview to Spanish Poets Inma Pelegrín and Katy Parra'. February 2015. 

Martínez-Arboleda A, ‘Spanish language autonomous learning worksheet of the novel Deja en paz a los muertos’.  November 2012. Available from

Martínez-Arboleda A, ‘Professional Reported Speech in Spanish in a Political Context - C1-C2 Level’. March 2011. Available from

Martínez-Arboleda A, ‘Juan Ramón Barat - Selection of Poems Translated into English’. December 2010. Available from

Martínez-Arboleda A, ‘Engaging with Students: a Collection of Spanish and Portuguese Literature Learning Activities’. February 2010. Available from

Martínez-Arboleda A, ‘Guía de lectura y hoja de trabajo de Manolito Gafotas’. April 2009. Available from


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy;

  • SCORE Fellow;

  • External Examiner at the University of Portsmouth;

  • Regular speaker at the Bradford Circle for Foreign Languages