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Manuel León Urrutia

Postgraduate research student

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Manuel is currently a lecturer in Online Learning and Teaching, and a PhD student at the Web Science DTC, University of Southampton. Before joining the DTC, he worked for ten years in a Spanish publishing company specialised in Education, and taught language and literature in secondary and sixth form schools in Spain. Currenly, apart from researching, he helps coordinating the facilitation of several MOOCs in this institution.



BA Hispanic Studies, University of Barcelona

MA (Dist) Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching, University of Southampton

MSc (Dist) Web Science, University Southampton

Conferences attended

FOTE 2014 London (delegate)

ALT MOOC SIG Southampton (delegate)

CSEDU 2014 Barcelona (presenter)

ALTc 2014 Coventry (presenter)

ECTEL 2014 Graz (presenter)

ALT MOOC SIG 14 London (delegate)

FOTE 2015 London (delegate)

ELEARNING SYMPOSIUM 2014 Southampton (presenter)

eMOOCs 2015 Mons (presenter)

CSEDU 2015 Lisbon (presenter)

WEBSCI 2015 Oxford (chair)

JTEL Summer School 2015 (presenter)

ELEARNING Symposium 2015 Southampton (Invited speaker)

eMOOCs 2016 Graz (presenter)


MOOC facilitation coordinator.

MOOC Observatory researcher.

MOOc learning designer.


Davis, Hugh C., Dickens, Kate, Leon Urrutia, Manuel, Sanchéz Vera, Maria del Mar and White, Su (2014) MOOCs for Universities and Learners An analysis of motivating factors. In, 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, 01 - 03 Apr 2014.

White, Su, Davis, Hugh, Dickens, K.P., Leon Urrutia, Manuel and Sanchez Vera, Ma Mar (2014) MOOCs: What motivates the producers and participants? Communications in Computer and Information Science, 1-16.

White, Steven, Leon Urrutia, Manuel and White, Su (2015) MOOCs inside universities: an analysis of MOOC discourse as represented in HE magazines. In, CSEDU 2015 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Lisbon, PT, 23 - 25 May 2015. 8pp.

Leon Urrutia, Manuel, White, Stephen, Dickens, Kate and White, Susan (2015) Mentoring at scale: MOOC mentor interventions towards a connected learning community. In, EMOOCs 2015 European MOOC Stakeholders Summit, Mons, BE, 18 - 20 May 2015. 4pp.

Sánchez-Vera, Maria del Mar, Leon Urrutia, Manuel and Davis, Hugh C. (2015) Challenges in the creation, development and implementation of MOOCs: Web Science course at the University of Southampton. Comunicar, 22, (44), 37-43. (doi:10.3916/C44-2015-04).

Beeston, Gareth, Leon Urrutia, Manuel, Halcrow, Caroline, Liu, Lu, Wang, Jinchuan, Kim, Jinho Jay and Park, Kunwooaa (2014) Humour reactions in crisis: a proximal analysis of Chinese posts on Sina Weibo in reaction to the salt panic of March 2011. In, 23rd International Conference on World Wide Web Web - Observatory Workshop: Building Web Observatories, Seoul, KR, 07 - 11 Apr 2014. Bloomington, US, ACM6pp, 1043-1048. (doi:10.1145/2567948.2579209).

Leon Urrutia, Manuel and Dickens, Kate (2014) Preparing to ride giant waves: developing procedural decision-making processes to support massive online courses. At Association of Learning Technologies Annual Conference 2014: Riding Giants, Warwick, GB, 01 - 03 Sep 2014.

Leon Urrutia, Manuel, Yousef, Ahmad Mohammed Fahmy and White, Su (2015) Learning from MOOCs: the role of mentor qualities. In, Web Science Education Workshop @ Web Science Conference 2015, Oxford, GB, 2pp.

White, Steven, Leon-Urrutia, Manuel, Borthwick, Kate and White, Su (2015) Massive Open Online Course mentoring for a connected community of practice oflLanguage teachers. eLearning Papers, 45, 43-48.

Leon, Manuel, White, Steve and White, Su (2016) MOOCs in Higher Education magazines: a content analysis of internal stakeholder perspectives. In, Zvacek, Susan, Restivo, Maria Teresa, Uhomoibhi, James and Helfert, Markus (eds.) Computer Supported Education. Cham, CH, Springer, 395-405. (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-29585-5_23).

Leon Urrutia, Manuel, Cobos, Ruth, Dickens, Kate, White, Su and Davis, Hugh (2016) Visualising the MOOC experience: a dynamic MOOC dashboard built through institutional collaboration. In, EMOOCs 2016, Graz, AT, 22 - 24 Feb 2016. , 1-8.

Leon Urrutia, Manuel, Wilde, Adriana, White, Su, Earl, Graeme and Harris, Lisa (2016) Cross-institutional MOOC data analysis and visualisation: a call for collaboration. At FutureLearn Academic Network (FLAN), Glasgow, GB, 07 Jun 2016. 27pp.

Wilde, Adriana, Ballesteros Mesa, Miguel and Leon Urrutia, Manuel (2016) Hacia un marco de análisis del aprendizaje en cursos en línea Masivos y Abiertos: informando al proveedor. In, Roig-Vila, Rosabel (eds.) EDUcación y TECnología. Propuestas desde la investigación y la innovación educativa. Barcelona, ES, Octaedro, 276-277.

Leon Urrutia, Manuel, Fielding, Sarah and White, Su (2016) Professional development through MOOCs in higher education institutions: challenges and opportunities for Phd students working as mentors. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 1, 1-11. (doi:10.5334/jime.427).

Wilde, Adriana, Leon Urrutia, Manuel and White, Su (2016) Tracking collective learner footprints: aggregate analysis of MOOC learner demographics and activity. In, 9th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI 2016), Seville, ES, 14 Nov 2015 - 16 Nov 2016 . , 1404-1413. (doi:10.21125/iceri.2016.1319).


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