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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.




Professor Maassen Visits Japan

Written By: Daisuke Hirouchi

Hiroshima University in Japan

Hiroshima University in Japan

Daisuke Hirouchi is a PhD student at the Research Institute for Higher Education (RIHE), Hiroshima University in Japan. He earned his M.Ed from the same institute in 2006. In 2008-2009.  His PhD project, “Student Participation in University Governance”, was supported by the Research Council of Norway (forskningsråd) during a year long visit to the University of Oslo PFI. As a visiting researcher in Oslo, he worked under the supervision of Professor Dr. Maassen with strong support from Romulo Pinheiro.

Professor Dr. Peter Maassen visited the Research Institute for Higher Education (RIHE)Hiroshima University in Japan.

RIHE is the oldest, biggest, and most famous research institute for higher education studies in Japan. RIHE has 11 professors, three research fellows (all 14 specialize in higher education studies) and strong Ph.D. and M.Ed programs.

Prof. Maassen arrived at Hiroshima station by Shinkansen (bullet train), on Aug. 8th and we had a happy reunion after one year.

To my surprise, it was his first visit to the central part of Hiroshima city, though he had visited RIHE several times before (because RIHE is located in the suburbs of Hiroshima city). (more…)




Hedda Staff Spotlight: Kristi Barcus, Master Programme Coordinator

Interview with Hedda staff member Kristi Barcus, Senior Executive Officer at the Department of Education, University of Oslo.

She is the current administrative coordinator of the Master’s of Philosophy in Higher Education Programme,  the Erasmus Mundus HEEM Programme, and the Higher Education in Africa Master Programme (NOMA). She earned her bachelor degree in education from the University of Arizona.  She is also an alumni of the Master’s of Philosophy in Higher Education.  Before moving to Oslo, she worked as an elementary school teacher in Tucson, Arizona.