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Staff Chronicle: Romulo Pinheiro reflects on his PhD completion

First and foremost we would like to congratulate Romulo on completing his PhD!

Romulo is a graduate of the Hedda master programme, having been the second cohort of the Hedda Master programme. He has been later involved at the Faculty of Education as a PhD research fellow where in addition to his own research he has also been involved in teaching courses at the master programme and supervising a number of our students. His doctoral thesis was focused on the relationship between the regional mission and institutional dynamics of higher education.

In this Chronicle, he reflects a bit his thesis, on the process of obtaining a PhD in higher education and highlights some of the brightest moments from his dissertation defense.

Hedda 2011 – did you catch all the Hedda highlights?

So, yet another year has passed and a new one approaching in lightning speed. This is perhaps the right time to reflect on some of the highlights of 2011! Since it seems we have had a busy year, this review will be posted in two posts to be able to really give a round-up on all what has happened on the Hedda blog.

In 2011, Hedda became 10 years old, we passed 500 posts on the blog already early 2011 and are now approaching 600, and we have by now almost 250 followers on Facebook! We said farewell to yet another successful year of Hedda Master programme graduates and said hello to our new students in 2011. From 2011, Hedda master programme also has a new partnership with the Eduardo Mondlane University (EMU), Mozambique.

In this post, we look back at Hedda10 anniversary activities, have an overview of the Hedda podcasts from 2011, summarise our thematic weeks, remind of the spotlights and chronicles of our alumni, students and staff, and highlight the guest bloggers we have had the privilege to work with.

Hedda anniversary celebration

We celebrated Hedda 10th anniversary in November with a one-day conference about university mergers. We had a fantastic list of international speakers, covering the whole range from Australia to Canada, and from China to Germany. We had the privilege to broadcast the whole conference live to all of you who were not able to attend in person. And, we have published all the sound files and the presentations on the Hedda website so if you missed out on some of the presentations – check them out! (more…)

Staff Spotlight: Shane Colvin

Shane Colvin

Senior IT Engineer- Shane Colvin

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…)

Hedda Staff Spotlight: Professor Bjørn Stensaker

For many years Professor Bjørn Stensaker has been involved in our Hedda master programmes. He has a background as a political scientist and acquired his PhD from CHEPS at University of Twente. In recent years he has been working as a research professor at NIFU STEP, where his primary research focus has been on quality and internationalisation of higher education. He has published numerous articles on the topic in books and prominent journals, such as Quality in Higher Education, Higher Education, Higher Education Policy and so forth. Currently he is employed as a professor at the Department of Educational Research in University os Oslo.

In the interview he reflects on his background and new role as a professor at the Department of Education. In addition, he gives some reflections of the developments and potential impacts of quality assurance in higher education, amongst else with reference to Johan P. Olsens framework of the four enduring university models.

Interview with the Hedda Blog Research Editor

This video features an interview with research fellow and Hedda blog research editor Mari Elken.  Mari begins with a brief introduction about herself and her research interests.  She continues with discussing some exciting changes with to the Hedda blog and her thoughts and reflections on the field of Higher Education.

Mari Elken is a graduate of the Hedda Master programme in Higher Education and is currently working as a research fellow at the Department of Educational Research, University of Oslo. Originally coming from Estonia and having a first degree in art and teaching, she is now working primarily with research on European higher education policy processes, more specifically the introduction of the European Qualifications Framework.