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Ongoing educational issues and nice example of student project

Finally we have reached the end of the spring semester, after a very intense period. The last couple of weeks my time has been filled with both examination, research conferences and the graduation ceremony for our master of science students in the City Hall. During the graduation ceremony the presentation of the diplomandi was mixed with musical entertainment by the KTH academic orchestra conducted by director musices Gunnar Julin and the student choir. It was a very impressive and beautiful arrangement, I really appreciated the opportunity to present and congratulate all of ITMs graduates 🙂

Coming closer to summer vacations it’s time to summarize all P4 courses, complete the work of writing and correcting all the examination and enjoy the knowledge gained by all our excellent students when conducting their master thesis projects. But this week has also offered other exciting and interesting education-focused events. For instance I got to see the impressive work done by the students in the Energy Management course (MJ2410), since they presented their project results in Sing-sing (where my office is located). The students have studied each Tokyo district, during the course, to propose solutions for a more energy efficient Tokyo in the year of 2040. The initiative is based on a collaboration between KTH and the Gadelius company (which operates in the interface between Sweden and Japan). The students proposed creative and innovative solutions based on a holistic approach in order to reduce the energy use in buildings, increasing the amount of renewable energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. On June 4th, five groups presented their solutions to Japanese ambassadors, KTH representatives, external companies and the Gadelius company. The two winning groups won a trip to Tokyo in September to present their solution proposals for various representatives from companies and representatives for Tokyo City.

/ Anna Jerbrant, GA

Here’s a picture from the event:

Ongoing in the education focused development work

The main focus for the strategic education development work at ITM-school right now is to identify, formulate and discuss the educational parts of the development plan. This work will be executed during May through two workshops (on May 8th and May 29th ), and if anyone is interested in participating in these please send an e-mail to me anna.jerbrant@indek.kth.se.

Besides that, we also have a number of more operational issues to work with, for instance regarding the master and batchelor thesis projects (that are coming to an end in May/June) as well as discussions about the results of this year’s admission of new students to our programs.

Beyond this, I hope you’ve seen the interesting article in Campi regarding the so called PriU-groups? The initiation of these groups is based on a need to strengthen the collegial influence within the decision making focused on KTHs education. The purpose of the PriU-groups (that where initiated at the beginning of last year) are to gather faculty with educational responsibility in order to find new perspectives and solutions for a lot of different kind of problems. The organizers of the PriU-groups have (since April) made sure that the groups are open to all staff – teachers and administrators – who feel committed and want to be involved and change our education. The aim is to strengthen the quality of education, by taking advantage of more of the expertise within the entire KTH organization, and therefore groups focus on everything from digitization and internationalization to working life and practical issues such as premises, schedules and planning. Read more about it in Campi.

In Campi you can also read about the new manual that KTH has provided that is focused on how teachers can achieve the best effect when making filmed lectures online. The interest in e-learning has increased significantly during the last couple of years, largely due to KTH’s initiative on MOOCs, massive open online courses, which has enabled that a large number of lecture videos has been produced. Jonas ThorĂ©n, at KTH’s media department, who produced many of the films, has therefore produced a handbook with the purpose to help teachers with presentation design and video production. Very interesting! If you want to read more about it go to Campi.

/ Anna Jerbrant, GA

En utbildningsfokuserad vecka

PĂ„skfirande och pĂ„skledighet nĂ€rmar sig med stormsteg, Ă€ven om vĂ„rvĂ€rmen hĂ„ller sig borta, men trots att detta Ă€r en kortvecka sĂ„ har jag Ă€ndĂ„ hunnit delta i mĂ„nga olika utbildningsrelaterade aktiviteter. Den allra första genomfördes redan pĂ„ söndagen dĂ„ KTH arrangerade det första tillfĂ€llet av Öppet Hus. Öppet hus Ă€r ett unikt tillfĂ€lle dĂ„ intresserade personer kan fĂ„ svar pĂ„ alla sina frĂ„gor och funderingar inför högskolevalet. KTH ordnar sĂ„ att de fĂ„r trĂ€ffa studenter, lĂ€rare och studievĂ€gledare frĂ„n alla vĂ„ra grundutbildningar, gĂ„ pĂ„ rundvandringar pĂ„ campus samt lyssna pĂ„ seminarier frĂ„n de olika utbildningsprogrammen. Jag bifogar nĂ„gra bilder frĂ„n ITM-skolans montrar som visar ett axplock av spĂ€nnande saker som presenterades:

PĂ„ tisdagen hade sen KTHs GA (grundutbildningsansvariga) grupp och Per Berglund intressanta strategiska diskussioner i relation till kommande förĂ€ndringsarbete som ska göras för KTHs alla utbildningar. Tex diskuterade vi de förĂ€ndrade behörighetskraven för studier pĂ„ avancerad nivĂ„ inom KTH:s civilingenjörsprogram, förĂ€ndringar av Ă„rscykeln för utbildningsinformation, samt bildande av en arbetsgrupp för utredning av KTHs ”Makerspace”.

Sen under lunchen pĂ„ tisdagen fick den som ville veta hur KTH arbetar med hĂ„llbar utveckling en intressant dragning av Göran Finnveden (som Ă€r vicerektor för hĂ„llbar utveckling och professor i miljöstrategisk analys). En av Göran poĂ€nger var att; ”Utbildning för hĂ„llbar utveckling omfattar bĂ„de innehĂ„ll, pedagogiska metoder och lĂ€randemiljö. Problem och utmaningar som studenterna möter inom utbildning för hĂ„llbar utveckling kĂ€nnetecknas av komplexitet”. NĂ„got som Ă€r viktigt för oss att bĂ€ra med oss nu under arbetet med analyserna av alla ITM-skolans program. Göran berĂ€ttade ocksĂ„ att UKÄ:s gjorde en tematisk utvĂ€rdering med fokus pĂ„ hĂ„llbar utveckling under Ă„r 2017 och efter denna utvĂ€rdering fick KTH glĂ€djande nog omdömet; ”LĂ€rosĂ€tet har en vĂ€l utvecklad process för arbetet med hĂ„llbar utveckling inom utbildning”.

SÄ för den som Àr intresserad av Ànnu mer hÄllbarhets seminarier kan jag berÀtta att KTH kommer arrangera en internationell konferens, ISCN Sustainable devlopment: acting  with a purpose, i Juni 2018. LÀsa mer >>

SĂ„ nu Ă€r det dags att önska – glad pĂ„sk!

/Anna Jerbrant, GA

Insightful thoughts from Per Lundqvist

Since one year has passed since Pelle Lundqvist signed off as GA for the ITM-school, I thought it could be a good idea to bring in some of his good ideas to this weeks blog. Pelle was interviewed by Campi recently, since he is a professor “with-a-good-sense-of-sustainable-solutions”. I recommend you all to click on the link and read the wise words of former GA Pelle Lundqvist, very interesting and thoughtful!

So, what else is ongoing? The coming month of March will be an intense time for all program involved faculty. Firstly, all program directors need to execute a program analysis, and in order for them to be able to do that all of us teachers have to make sure that our course evaluations and course analysis are updated and available. Secondly, KTH will arrange Öppet Hus on March 25th and 26th, where several of us will promote our educations. Please market this event if you know anyone who thinks about attending an education at KTH! And thirdly period three is about to be finished, which means that we all are focused on both creating and correcting exams as well as planning for the coming course in period four.

But I still hope you all have the possibility to enjoy the wonderful winter season!

/ Anna Jerbrant, GA

GA sums up

We are in the middle of the second period of this academic year, the days are filled with teaching and research activities at the same time as the daylight is becoming shorter and shorter. But luckily the advent season is coming up, which means that we are allowed to start hanging up advent candelabra and some Christmas decorations. This is something at least I enjoy very much.

When it comes to educational issues I attended a very interesting seminar yesterday arranged by vice dean Per Berglund. The focus for the seminar was on the work that is being done to develop KTH’s quality assurance system according to national and international requirements. We all got a brief overview of national requirements and European guidelines for quality assurance of higher education as well as an overview of how the Sci-school works to develop KTH’s systematic quality work in a collegial and efficient manner. This was very interesting and gave good insights for the work that we all have to do next year. We will discuss this from a ITM-school perspective on the faculty club on December 18th, so I hope you all can participate then.

Finally as part of the public debate that has been ongoing, I hope you all read the blog of our President Sigbritt Karlsson where she shares these words with us, and I will let them be the final saying in this weeks blogg:

At KTH a good work environment is something we need to protect on a daily basis. This particularly concerns harassment, for which there is zero tolerance. In its Diversity Policy, KTH has stated that all forms of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and victimisation are subject to zero tolerance. This is what is applicable, and all deviations from this must be dealt with. In this way, we can maintain an attractive environment for both work and study that encourages creativity in education, research and collaboration.

/ Anna Jerbrant, GA