Hedda Podcast: Nico Cloete on how education can promote social progress

Professor Nico Cloete (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Professor Nico Cloete (University of Western Cape and CHET, South Africa)

Episode 49 of our podcast series features Professor Nico Cloete (University of Western Cape, South Africa, Center for Higher Education Transformation, South Africa, and University of Oslo). In the podcast, we feature a lecture he gave at University of Oslo in spring 2016. In the lecture, he shares insights from his work at the Panel on Social Progress (IPSP), with specific focus on the key isue: How can education promote social progress? 

IPSP was established in 2014/2015. IPSP is guided by an Advisory Committee chaired by Nobel prize winner Amartya Sen, and managed by a distinguished Steering Committee which is advised by an international Scientific Council co-chaired by Nancy Fraser, Ravi Kanbur and Helga Nowotny. An important output is an extensive report published in 2017 that involves 250 leading academics across disciplines, discussing key aspects that concern social progress.

Professor Nico Cloete one of the Lead Authors preparing Chapter 19: “How can education promote social progress?”

View the slides accompanying the lecture (pdf)

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Professor Nico Cloete Nico is the Director of the Centre for Higher Education Trust (CHET) and Coordinator of the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa (HERANA). He is also a Guest Professor at the University of Oslo, an Extraordinary Professor at the Institute for Post-School Studies at the University of the Western Cape, and Extraordinary Professor in the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at Stellenbosch University. His main research interests are in the area of psychology, sociology and higher education policy.



Guest blogger: Learning through MOOCs

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Amar Bahadur Singh

In this post, one of the candidates from Hedda master programme, Amar Bahadur Singh shares the key findings from his master thesis that he has completed at the University of Oslo. 

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I carried out a master’ thesis research on the very first international MOOC entitled “What Works: Promising Practices in International Development” that University of Oslo Offered from 23 February to 5 April 2015. Professor and Research Director, Dr. Dan Banik, at University of Oslo’s Centre for Development and the Environment developed the very first international interdisciplinary MOOC in close collaboration with Stanford University in the United States, the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College in Malawi, China Agricultural University in Beijing, and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), and launched through the FutureLearn platform. The interdisciplinary researchers, scholars and development specialists from the collaborating universities and organizations contributed to delivering video lectures, reading materials, etc. to the six-week course.

What is a MOOC?

Generally speaking, a MOOC refers to an online course that resembles an on-campus course in many ways. For example, it has a video lecture, discussion forums, and e-assessment. Daniel (2012) contends MOOCs are commonly defined by signature characteristics that include: free courses and short video lectures combined with formative quizzes that are easily accessible through technology devices that have Internet connectivity. But, as Hvam (2015) states, all MOOCs are not free and non-credit bearing. Some of the MOOCs are degree awarding and charge tuition fees. Thus, a single definition does not cover all MOOCs.

McAuley et al. (2010, p. 5), however, give an elaborated definition of MOOC: A MOOC integrates the connectivity of social networking, the facilitation of an acknowledged expert in a field of study, and a collection of freely accessible online resources. Perhaps most importantly, however, a MOOC builds on the active engagement of several hundred to several thousand ‘students’ who self-organize their participation according to learning goals, prior knowledge and skills, and common interests. Although it may share in some of the conventions of an ordinary course, such as a pre-defined timeline and weekly topics for consideration, a MOOC generally carries no fees, no prerequisites other than Internet access and interest.

There are two types of MOOCs: cMOOCs or connectivist MOOCs and xMOOCs or content-based MOOCs. Siemens (2012a) The cMOOCs, as Siemens (2012a) asserts, emphasize “creation, creativity, autonomy and social networking learning” while xMOOCs emphasizes “a more traditional learning approach through video presentations and short quizzes and testing” (p.5). (more…)




New website launched for the European Tertiary Education Register

eterETER (European Tertiary Education Register) has launched a new website. ETER was first launched s a result of a European Commission funded project EUMIDA (2009-2011). View a presentation of ETER here.

Currently, the database includes 2785 higher education institutions in 36 countries. Of these, there is data for 2465 institutions. The data currently includes information from 2011, 2012 and 2013. Data for 2014 is expected to be ready by early 2017.

The new website features more advanced data searching and analysis tools, as well as options for downloading data.

View the website here

 




Call for applicants: PhD position at University of Luxembourg

luxembourgThe University of Luxembourg invites applications for the following vacancy in its Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education: Doctoral Candidate in the field of Political Science (Higher Education Policy).

The successful candidate will be based in the Identités, Politiques, Sociétés et Espaces research unit, working within the Institute of Political Science. Under the direction of Prof. Robert Harmsen, the candidate will have the opportunity of completing a doctoral thesis in the area of higher education policy. It is intended that the candidate’s work should broadly fit within the continuation of the research agenda established by the ‘Global-Uni’ research project. Areas of particular interest include: 1). Higher education policy-making and reform processes in post-industrial states (Europe, North America, and Australasia) 2). The role of international organisations and wider processes of norm diffusion in the higher education policy sector; and 3). Processes of regional cooperation and integration in higher education policy. Details of the ‘Global-Uni’ project may be found here.

The position is full time, with an initial 14 month contract that can be extended to 36 months in total. The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position in September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Deadline for applications: 24 June 2016.

Download information about the requirements and application procedure here (pdf). 




Call for papers: EFMD higher education research conference

EFMDEFMD is organising a higher education research conference, this year themed “Innovations in Higher Education”. The conference is held 10-11 October at IESE Business School in Barcelona.

Deadline coming up soon! 

The conference theme is described as following: “The conference will focus on the many innovations that are taking place in higher education and address these from three broad perspectives. First the conference will look at the different forms of innovations in the governance, management and internal organisation of higher education institutions. It will also look at innovations in the delivery of education and in the different types of innovations that higher education institutions are engaging in for the production of research.”

The conference has three tracks:

• Track 1: Innovations in forms of governance, management and organisation of higher education institutions
• Track 2: Innovations in education
• Track 3: Innovations in research

Authors are requested to submit an outline paper of around 2000 words – deadline 27th of May!

Download the call for papers here (pdf)