I am module convenor for:
English for Academic Purposes and New Technologies
Technology Enhanced Language Learning
EAP and Academic Contexts
Technologies for Language Professionals (a module for BA English Language and Applied Linguistics students)
I also teach on the MA TESOL and MA (distance) TESOL
I also teach Research Writing (for PhD students) on the insessional programme as well as one-to-one consultations
I have a strong interest in the applications of new technologies to language teaching and learning and the development of pedagogies for autonomy.
My main research interests are:
Teacher autonomy, ideology, epistemology and teacher education, teacher identity and new technologies.
V. Darleguy, A. Ding, & M. Svensson (Eds.), Educational technology in language learning: Theoretical considerations and practical applications. Lyon: INSA.
Ding, A (1997) Promoting Learner Autonomy Through Video Film Activities. In V. Darleguy, A. Ding, & M. Svensson (Eds.), Educational technology in language learning: Theoretical considerations and practical applications.
Ding, A. (2005) Theoretical and practical issues in the promotion of collaborative learner autonomy in a virtual self-access centre. In Holmberg, B., Shelley, M., and White, C. (eds.) New Perspectives on Language and Education: Distance Education and Languages. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
White, C. and Ding, A (2008) Identity and self in e-language teaching. In Dörnyei, Z & Ushioda, E. (eds.) Motivation, Language Identity and the L2 Self. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
Ding, A. (2008) 'Laying the foundations for a self-access centre'. Independence, Issue 44.
Ding, A. (2009) A Review of Pedagogy for Autonomy in Language Education in Europe: Towards a Framework for Learner and Teacher Development (2007). Dublin: Authentik. Authors, Manuel Jinénez Raya, Terry Lamb, and Flávia Vieira). Independence, Issue 46.
Ding, A. (2009) 'Tensions and struggles in fostering collaborative teacher autonomy online'. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, Volume 3, Issue 1, pages 65 - 81.
Alex Ding and Rebecca Hughes 'Integrating new technologies within an existing EAP framework: critical factors, complex benefits.' BALEAP Conference 2003 Developing Academic Literacy 10 - 12 April 2003 at the University of Southampton
Alex Ding 'Issues in creating effective on-line collaboration learning environments for EAP students.' BALEAP PIM on EAP On-line University of Newcastle Saturday June 2003
Alex Ding, Martha Jones and Julie King 'Perfect Match? Meeting EAP teachers' needs and expectations in training' BALEAP PIM on Teacher Training in EAP, University of Essex, November 2004
Paul Knight and Alex Ding 'Supporting Student learning in an international university' International Symposium of Computer Assisted Language Learning FLTRP International Convention Centre, Beijing, 2-4 June 2006
Alex Ding 'Reflective Collaborative Tasks for Trainee English as a Foreign Language Teachers in a Blended Learning Environment: Investigating Attribution, Intersubjectivity and Analogical Apperception', International Symposium of Computer Assisted Language Learning FLTRP International Convention Centre, Beijing 2-4 June 2006
Alex Ding 'The Cost of Borrowing: Autonomy and its Intellectual Debts'. Independent Learning Association International Conference 'Exploring Theory, Enhancing Practice: Autonomy across the Disciplines',Tokyo, October 2007
Alex Ding and Cynthia White 'Teachers' Autonomy in Developing Technology- mediated Language Teaching' Independent Learning Association International Conference 'Exploring Theory, Enhancing Practice: Autonomy across the Disciplines', Tokyo, October 2007
Alex Ding 'Deconstruction, Co-construction, Re-construction and Under-construction: Constructing the Relationship between Knowledge and Teacher Autonomy. SWAN (Sheffield, Warwick and Nottingham Autonomy) Student Conference, December 2007
Alex Ding 'Rethinking the Reflective Practitioner' Invited plenary paper at IATEFL Learner Autonomy SIG / SWAN conference ('Autonomy in Language Learning: Beyond the Bandwagon'), University of Nottingham, May 2008
Alex Ding 'Tensions and Conflicts in Fostering Collaborative Teacher Autonomy Online'. Invited paper at AILA for the CALL and Teacher Education. Symposium, Essen, August 2008. Alex Ding 'Fostering Collaborative Teacher Autonomy' Second and Foreign Language Pedagogy Group, University of Nottingham, October 2008.