2013 in review – Hedda podcasts and other available seminars and lectures

2013_2We continue our annual review of the yearly entries on the blog. In the first post we looked at the guest entries. In this second post we will focus on the Hedda podcast and varous other audio and video materials. Part three that will be coming up later will focus on Hedda news from 2013

Hedda podcasts in 2013

Our first podcast of 2013 was published in January and was number 37 in our series. We interviewed Dr. Don F. Westerheijden, who is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) in University of Twente in Netherlands. In the podcast we discussed some developments in quality assurance in the Netherlands, after a large scale public scandal highlighting doubts over quality in a number of Dutch higher education institutions.

In episode 38 of the podcast series, we talked to Drs. Frans Kaiser and Elisabeth Epping about the U-Map project, a large project examining horizontal diversity of higher education institutions in Europe and beyond, and to develop a classification of higher education institutions. The project is currently still in demo-mode, so the podcast will provide you with background information about the project. Drs. Frans Kaiser and Elisabeth Epping both worked at the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) in University of Twente in Netherlands.

In our next podcast, we talked to Professor Isa Jahnke about ICT in higher education, where we in particular focused on digital didactics and some of her recent research on working with technology in higher education. Isa Jahnke is a Professor in Interactive Media and Learning (IML) at Department of Applied Educational Science in Umeå University, Sweden.

In our very first Hedda podcast that was also recorded on video, we interviewed Professor Teboho Moja. In the podcast we talked about a recent CHET led project about the current situation with South African youth. Our discussion was focused on the identified “social time bomb” – that one third of South African youth was neither in education nor employment and she shares her views on possible solutions to this issue. Professor Teboho Moja is currently a professor at New York University. Note that the podcast is also available as an audio version, as always.

In our second Hedda video podcast, and number 41 in our series, we talked to Dr. Hamish Coates from the LH Martin Institute at University of Melbourne in Australia, and in the interview we discuss the AHELO Feasibility Study. AHELO stands for Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes, and is a OECD funded project international project.

In episode 42 of our podcast series that was published in late 2013, we featured Dr. Tatiana Fumasoli who shared first results from a recent project focused on university autonomy in Norway and other small Western-European countries. How do universities balance autonomy with socio-economic relevance? Dr. Tatiana Fumasoli is employed as a post-doctoral fellow at ARENA in University of Oslo.

NOMA summer school

In the end of January a group from Hedda consisting of both professors, PhD research fellows, Master students and administrative staff attended a summer school organised in Cape Town, South Africa. The focus of the summer school was on project management and writing applications. We recorded the sessions and have made most of them available on the Hedda site for you:

Hedda guest lecture and HEIK seminars

In September, the Hedda Higher Education Masters programme welcomed guest lecturers Lyn Yates and Kate O’Connor from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. The presentation focused on current pressures on teaching and learning in Australian Higher Education. You can view the whole guest lecture here.

Furthermore, we have also published a selection of HEIK seminars on the Hedda blog. HEIK is a research group focused on higher education at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Oslo.




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