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Dr Jenna Mittelmeier

Profile summary

  • Research Staff
  • Post Doctoral Research Associate
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
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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 in access to higher education for students across Africa. 

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. My PhD was supervised by Prof Bart Rienties and Prof Denise Whitelock.

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


Student profiling in a dispositional learning analytics application using formative assessment (2017-08)
Tempelaar, Dirk; Rienties, Bart; Mittelmeier, Jenna and Nguyen, Quan
Computers in Human Behavior ((Accepted Manuscript))
Overcoming cross-cultural group work tensions: mixed student perspectives on the role of social relationships (2017)
Mittelmeier, Jenna; Rienties, Bart; Tempelaar, Dirk and Whitelock, Denise
Higher Education ((Early Access))
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 April, 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 July 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 October 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 June 2015, Brighton, UK) (pp. 139-149)
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.