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Dr Jenna Mittelmeier

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Postdoctoral Research Associate

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in both the Institute of Educational Technology and the Department of Geography. My research in the Institute of Educational Technology forms part of the OpenTEL research team and focuses on curriculum internationalisation and international student transition experiences. Furthermore, I am the lead researcher for a UKCISA-funded project unpacking international postgraduate students' social support networks. In the Department of Geography, I contribute to the ESRC-funded International Distance Education and African Students (IDEAS) project. The project considers the role of South African distance education in providing equitable in access to higher education for students across Africa. I contribute to the questionnaire development and analysis of students' academic and social transition trajectories in international distance education.

I completed my PhD at the Open University in the Institute of Educational Technology in 2017. My research project explored social tensions in intercultural group work and the role of internationalised academic content in driving successful group collaborations in diverse blended classrooms. My PhD was supervised by Prof Bart Rienties and Prof Denise Whitelock.

Research interests: internationalisation and globalisation of education, international student transition experiences, intercultural group work, social experiences in higher education, sociocultural influences on learning, curriculum internationalisation, social media and computer-supported collaborative learning

Methods experiences: I am strongly a mixed methods researcher with experience using learning analytics, social network analysis, qualitative interviews, longitudinal reflective diaries, randomised control trials, and questionnaires

Jenna Mittelmeier is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Open University in both the Institute of Educational Technology and the Department of Geography. Her research in the Institute of Educational Technology forms part of the OpenTEL research team and focuses on curriculum internationalisation and international students' transition experiences. Furthermore, she is the lead researcher for a UKCISA-funded project unpacking international postgraduate students' social support networks. In the Department of Geography, she contributes to the ESRC-funded International Distance Education and African Students (IDEAS) project. The project considers the role of South African distance education in providing equitable access to higher education for students across Africa.

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Facilitating equitable access and quality education for development: South African International Distance Education 2016 - 2019
STRIDE (STRIDE: Social Transition Research into International Doctoral Experiences) 2017 - 2018