Hedda Spotlight: Peter Maassen 60

Professor Peter Maassen

Professor Peter Maassen

Heddas director and the leader of Heddas master programme, professor Peter Maassen is celebrating his 60th jubileum these days. The event was celebrated at the University of Oslo with an academic seminar on universities as knowledge organizations, as well as a Festschrift covering key themes of Peter Maassens research work. The Festschrift included contributions from his longstanding colleagues as well as a numer of Hedda alumni who have proceeded to acadremic careers.

We would like to extend our congratulations, also on behalf of Heddas students and alumni. Many of the alumni contributed to the Festschrift, but in this post, we would also like to extend a few additional greetings from Hedda alumni!

Leasa Weimer: Dear Peter, Sending you BIG birthday wishes on an OH so special year. Looking back on my post graduate studies you were instrumental to my professional development in so many ways: helping me find an academic voice and encouraging me to pursue a PhD. The wisdom I gained from you concerning not only European but also global higher education continues to pay career dividends. I am grateful!

Kristi Barcus: Happy birthday, Peter! It has been a fun 10 years together. First as a student and now as part of the HEDDA team. It has been a fun ride so far, with HEEM, NOMA, HE, Quota Sandwich, and so much more. Working with you has been a great, although sometimes stressful, experience. I look forward to what the next fun project will be! Enjoy your birthday!

Yulia Popruzhenko: Once in Portugal, our group made Peter participate in ‘the story of my life’ game; he named 3 things that influenced his life choices, and one was a world atlas from his childhood. This resonated with me, who at that time had just been off the system that taught geography much like astronomy. Till today, I very much enjoy having the memory of that feeling, that never fails to tune up my thinking when it comes to options and limits for mind and inspiration to travel. Thank you and Happy Birthday. Wishing you safe and fun travels forward!

Kreangchai Rungfamai: Greeting and big hugs from Thailand. Still remember the time when you went to the first trip with HEEM students, and talked with us one by one on the bus. Thank you so much for providing me the good environments, both academically and culturally, when I studied there in Europe :)

Mari Elken: Happy birthday! It has been an honour to be a “product” of the Oslo master programme, and it has been a wonderful learning experience. You really have had a long lasting impact on higher education research with the Master programme in Oslo, and your many contributions to the research field.

Inês Proença: Dear Peter, I wish you a lovely birthday! Thank you for all the knowledge, kindness and experiences you have transmitted to us. Now that I work in a university I remember so often all that you taught us, and it all makes perfect sense. The HEEM programme that you helped create has changed my life for better in so many ways, I will always be grateful to you for this! Enjoy your day and be happy! :)

Ane Lillehammer: One piece of advice from one of Peters lectures that continues to affect me is that you have to take a step back, and look at what you are dealing with from the outside! I really like it because it is applicable in so many aspects of life!

 




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).