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Dr Jenna Mittelmeier

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Professional biography

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in both the Institute of Educational Technology and the Department of Geography. My research in the Insitute 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 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 access to higher education for students across Africa. Finally, I am the Book Reviews Editor for Open Learning: the Journal for Online, Distance and e-Learning.

I also recently completed my PhD at the Open University in the Institute of Educational Technology. 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. 


Educational background

PhD, Education and Educational Technology (2017)
Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University
Thesis title: Supporting intercultural collaborations in blended and online settings: A randomised control trial of internationalised academic content
Supervisors: Bart Rienties and Denise Whitelock.
Examiners: Qing Gu (University of Nottingham) and Sarah Crafter (OU)

Master of Arts in Global & International Studies (2014)
Center for Global and International Studies, University of Kansas
Thesis title: Chinese international student campus involvement and friendship network patterns in the United States
Supervisors: John J. Kennedy, Ebenezer Obdare and Charles Bankart

Bachelor of Science in Education (2011)
School of Education, University of Kansas

Appointments and experiences

Postdoctoral Research Associate (February 2017 - present)
International Distance Education and African Student (IDEAS) project
Open University

Orientation Coordinator (2011-2014)
International Student Services
University of Kansas

Conversation Leader (2010-2012)
Applied English Center
University of Kansas

Program Coordinator (2008 - 2011)
America Reads
University of Kansas


Project contributions

Social Transition Research into International Doctoral Experiences (STRIDE) (2017 - present)
Externally funded by UK Council for International Student Affairs

International Distance Education and African Students (IDEAS) (2017 - present)
Externally funded by Economic and Social Research Council 

Student Experiences of Feedback, Assessment and Revision (SEFAR) (2015 - 2016)
Open University project internally funded by PVC

Learning Analytics for European Educational Policy (LAEP) (2015 - 2016)
Externally funded by the European Union



UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) - Social Transition Research into International Doctoral Experiences (STRIDE). Principal Investigator. £5000


Conference presentations

  • EARLI (2017), Tampere, Finland, August 29 - September 2
    ‘Encouraging participation in cross-cultural group work: An RCT of local versus internationalised content’

  • PITL (2017), Dundee, Scotland, June 14 – 16
    ‘Inclusivity, integration and international distance education: Evidence of best practice from a South African context’

  • SRHE (2016), Newport, Wales, December 7 – 9
    ‘Cross-cultural collaborations in higher education: Anticipated versus realised teacher roles in dissolving group work tensions’

  • EARLI Special Interest Group 21 (2016), Tartu, Estonia, August 28-29
    ‘Student reflections on cross-cultural group work: Benefits, challenges and suggested teacher interventions’ 

  • Web Science (2016), Hannover, Germany, May 22 – 25
    ‘The influence of social networks on contributions to cross-cultural online collaboration’

  • LAK doctoral consortium (2016), Edinburgh, Scotland, April 26
    ‘Understanding evidence-based interventions for cross-cultural group work: a learning analytics perspective’

  • ECTEL doctoral consortium (2015), Toledo, Spain, September 14
    ‘Using learning analytics to implement evidence-based interventions to support ethnic minority and international student social integrations’

  • CALRG (2015), Milton Keynes, UK, June 15 – 17
    ‘The role of culture in student contributions to an online group learning activity’

  • HERAG Think Tank (2015), London, UK, June 1
     'The role of culture and personality in student group work contributions’

  • EDINEB (2015), Brighton, UK, June 3 – 5
    ‘The role culture and personality play in an authentic online group learning experience’

Research interests

My research tends to be mixed method and multidisciplinary.

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

Research methods background: learning analytics, social network analysis, survey instruments, qualitative interviews, randomised control trials


The influence of internationalised versus local content on online intercultural collaboration in groups: A randomised control trial study in a statistics course (2018-03)
Mittelmeier, Jenna; Rienties, Bart; Tempelaar, Dirk; Hillaire, Garron and Whitelock, Denise
Computers & Education, 118 (pp. 82-95)
Overcoming cross-cultural group work tensions: mixed student perspectives on the role of social relationships (2018-01)
Mittelmeier, Jenna; Rienties, Bart; Tempelaar, Dirk and Whitelock, Denise
Higher Education, 75(1) (pp. 149-166)
Learning design in diverse institutional and cultural contexts: suggestions from a participatory workshop with higher education professionals in Africa (2018)
Mittelmeier, Jenna; Long, Dianne; Cin, Firdevs Melis; Reedy, Katharine; Gunter, Ashley; Raghuram, Parvati and Rienties, Bart
Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-learning ((Early Access))
Student profiling in a dispositional learning analytics application using formative assessment (2017-01)
Tempelaar, Dirk; Rienties, Bart; Mittelmeier, Jenna and Nguyen, Quan
Computers in Human Behavior, 78 (pp. 408-420)
Adapting Together: Chinese Student Experience and Acceptance at an American University (2016-02-03)
Mittelmeier, Jenna and Kennedy, John James
In: Jindal-Snape, Divya and Rienties, Bart eds. Multi-dimensional Transitions of International Students to Higher Education. New Perspectives on Learning and Instruction (pp. 161-180)
ISBN : 9781138890909 | Publisher : Routledge
Using Social Network Analysis to predict online contributions: The impact of network diversity in cross-cultural collaboration (2016-05-22)
Mittelmeier, Jenna; Héliot, YingFei; Rienties, Bart and Whitelock, Denise
In : ACM Web Science 2016 (22-25 May 2016, Hannover, Germany) (pp. 269-273)
Understanding Evidence-Based Interventions for Cross-Cultural Group Work: A Learning Analytics Perspective (2016-04-22)
Mittelmeier, Jenna
In : LAK 16: The 6th International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference (25 29 Apr 2016, Edinburgh, UK)
Does the Quality and Quantity of Exam Revision Impact on Student Satisfaction and Performance in the Exam Itself?: Perspectives from Undergraduate Distance Learners (2016)
Cross, Simon; Whitelock, Denise and Mittelmeier, Jenna
In : 8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN16) (4-6 Jul 2016, Barcelona, Spain) (pp. 5052-5061)
Learning analytics to understand cultural impacts on technology enhanced learning (2016)
Mittelmeier, Jenna; Tempelaar, Dirk; Rienties, Bart and Nguyen, Quan
In : 13th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA 2016) (28-30 Oct 2016, Mannheim, Germany)
The role culture and personality play in an authentic online group learning experience (2015-06)
Mittelmeier, Jenna; Heliot, Yingfei; Rienties, Bart and Whitelock, Denise
In : Proceedings of the 22nd EDINEB Conference: Critically Questioning Educational Innovation in Economics and Business: Human Interaction in a Virtualising World (03-05 Jun 2015, Brighton, UK) (pp. 139-149)
Education Workforce Initiative: Initial Research (2018-04-30)
Wolfenden, Freda; Buckler, Alison; Santos, Cristina and Mittelmeier, Jenna
International Commission on Financing Education Opportunity (The Education Commission)
Research Evidence on the Use of Learning Analytics: Implications for Education Policy (2016)
Ferguson, Rebecca; Brasher, Andrew; Clow, Doug; Cooper, Adam; Hillaire, Garron; Mittelmeier, Jenna; Rienties, Bart; Ullmann, Thomas and Vuorikari, Riina
Joint Research Centre, Seville, Spain.
Using Learning Analytics to Implement Evidence-Based Interventions to Support Ethnic Minority and International Student Social Integrations (2015-09-15)
Mittelmeier, Jenna
10th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, ECTEL doctoral consortium.

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