Shane Colvin works as a Senior IT engineer at the Faculty of Educational Sciences and has for many years been involved in the Hedda master programmes and the blog. Having been an important figure in promoting new technologies at the Faculty, we would like to ask Shane about some of his experiences with implementing new technologies in the Hedda master programmes.
How would you describe your role in the Hedda team and what has been your main contribution throughout the years?
As Senior IT Engineer at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, my primary role at Hedda is to develop and maintain its online student support structure and communications initiatives. This work initially began in 2001 when I designed and developed Hedda´s first website. In 2005, my association with Hedda increased substantially after we begin a two year flexible learning project where we introduced an initiative to put all literature in digital format online and available for students (first to do so at the University of Oslo). Another core component of the project was to produce podcasts of all lectures, as well as created what is now the Hedda Blog. All of these initiatives were done in collaboration with our students and continue to this day.
What is your educational background?
I have a BA in Secondary Education specializing in Social Science Studies, from Rhode Island College. I also studied one year at the University of Stirling in Scotland, which ultimately sparked my interest in international higher education. Subsequent to teaching economics and civics briefly in the USA, I went on to pursue my master degree at the University of Oslo in Comparative and International Education, graduating with an MPhil in 2002. The focus of my thesis was on academic capitalism and industrial outreach in the Lithuanian higher education system after the fall of communism. (more…)