Irina Rets is a research student studying Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies at the Open University in the UK. Irina has four years of teaching experience in HE and is currently holding a FHEA certificate. She has offered a variety of university courses such as research methods in social sciences, second language acquisition, linguistics and communicative grammar on undergraduate and graduate levels in two different countries where she worked in English as Medium of Instruction settings. As a faculty member Irina was involved in all stages of course development – from course design to course delivery and assessment.
Irina's current research interests include reading and text processing in a foreign language, accessibility of open education to language learners as well as approaches to English as Medium of Instruction. She is engaged in both quantitative and qualitative methods of data analysis.
Irina was awarded the WELS ‘research degree student prize for research excellence’ in June 2018.
Irina is currently a co-applicant and investigator of a grant project 'Investigating cognitive processing of task completion with eye-tracking' funded by PRAXIS, the Open University (March 2018 – March 2019).
She has worked as a research consultant in a number of grant projects (e.g. ‘One model, three scenarios: integrating Personal Development Planning (PDP) in Languages, Education and Health Modules’, October 2017 – June 2018; ‘Unpacking UK experts’ perspectives of impact of OU learning analytics’, January 2018; APD theme days ‘Methods for Research and Scholarship’, 'Examining the Doctoral Thesis', December 2018-January 2019; analysing Qualtrics survey data collected as part of EVALUATE project on virtual exchange, February 2019 - ongoing).