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Elena Bárcena Madera is a full professor in the Department of Modern Languages at UNED, the Spanish national distance learning university, where she has been the Director of the Master in Information and Communication Technologies for Language Learning and Processing, the Director of the Postgraduate Modular Program in English for Specific Purposes, and the Director of the first language MOOC in Spain. She has been the director of the ATLAS (Applying Technologies to Languages; https://bit.ly/2DIJZbt) research group since 1997, working on technological and methodological innovation in the field of Applied Linguistics, particularly in relation to specialized linguistic domains. She did her tertiary education in the universities of Deusto (Spain), Manchester (UK), UMIST (UK) and Liège (Belgium), and has held different teaching and research posts in the universities of the Basque Country, Seville and Granada (Spain). She has been the leader of a number of officially funded national research projects on CALL related topics and has published extensively in this field. She is also an expert adviser for national and international institutions and a member of the editorial board of a number of specialized journals. She is currently working on the boundaries between formal and non-formal language learning, particularly on Mobile Assisted Language Learning and Massive Open Online Courses.