We 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:
- In this session, the Vice Chancellor of University of Western Cape, Prof. O’Connell gave an inspiring introductory lecture to the summer school. Reminding of the often injust and imbalanced global context, he identified seven human development challenges that universities must address.
- Complexities of research work – Prof. Peter Maassen, Prof. Nico Cloete, Prof. Bjørn Stensaker, Prof. Teboho Moja and Prof. Jo Muller. They all share their insights to how to navigate in the complicated world of research.
- Research projects in focus – NORGLOBAL, HERANA, AHELO – presentations by Prof. Bjørn Stensaker, Prof. Nico Cloete and Dr. Hamish Coates
- Research and policy nexus, presentations by Prof. Teboho Moja “Disconnections between research and policy”; Prof. Julian May “Talking to the Finance Minister about poverty” and Tracy Bailey “Experiences with HERANA and contributions to policy”
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.
- HEIK seminar: Capacity building as an EU policy instrument – the case of the Tempus program, with Prof Bjørn Stensaker and Dr. Antigoni Papadimitriou (HEIK)
- HEIK seminar: The role of European initiatives in higher education in national policy development, with Martina Vukasovic (HEIK)
- HEIK seminar: Knowing and Living in Academia with Prof. Ulrike Felt (University of Vienna)
- HEIK seminar: Topics and issues in practice-based studies with Prof. Silvia Gherardi (University of Trento)
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