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  • HiOA - Norway’s Largest University College Names American Curt Rice New Rector
    the University College from a position as professor at the Department of Languages and Linguistics at the university in Tromsø He earned his PhD in general linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin Rice will assume his new position on August 1st Påtroppende rektor ved HiOA Curt Rice Foto Sonja Balci Will make a mark The university college plays an important role in providing skilled professionals in many sectors such as education health and technology We will grow the best possible academic teams working together with our outstanding administration to pave the way for excellence in our teaching programs and research activities says Rice I ll work to assure that our institution makes its mark both nationally and internationally And together we will achieve our goal of becoming a university HiOA s new rector leads Norway s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research and is also the Head of the Board of CRIStin Current Research Information System in Norway His leadership experience comes chiefly from his time as founding director of the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics CASTL a Norwegian Centre of Excellence and from his time as the Pro Rector for Research Development at the University of Tromsø Today he is also a member of the Board at the University of Tromsø The first appointed rector CR is the first rector being hired for this position as HiOA recently decided to recruit its leadership through a hiring process rather than through an election The recruitment process was carried out by a broadly constituted committee including representatives from staff faculty and students I am confident that Curt Rice will be a strong and clear leader for HiOA He has robust experience in both leadership and research and it is my belief that he will put

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/News/Norway-s-Largest-University-College-Names-American-Curt-Rice-New-Rector (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - ENHR Housing Economics Workshop at HiOA
    wide variety of topics This year we had participants from seven European countries working on matters ranging from social housing in France to spatial distribution of urban house prices in China The workshop has a colloquial format with short presentations prepared comments from a discussant and questions and comments from the remaining researchers This interactive and participatory approach is conducive to academic discussions that stimulate new research ideas and spur future academic collaboration It is also a good training ground for PhD students just starting their academic career The workshop has received financial support from The Norwegian State Housing Bank and The National Federation of House Owners Participants at the ENHR Housing Economics workshop at HiOA February 2015 Foto Kristin Aarland About ENHR The European Network for Housing Research ENHR was established in 1988 It is recognized as one of the largest multi disciplinary research networks in Europe The ENHR provides an organizational platform for institutions and individuals in and outside Europe who are actively engaged in housing research Currently ENHR has about 1000 individual and nearly 100 institutional members representing almost every country in Europe There are 23 working groups within ENHR and four more are in the process

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/News/ENHR-Housing-Economics-Workshop-at-HiOA (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - New EU project to NOVA and HiOA
    the Horizon 2020 programme In addition we are involved as partners in another Horizon 2020 project as well as in numerous other European collaborative research projects HiOA NOVA has done it again and will do it again and again says Morten Irgens Research Director at HiOA Over several years HiOA has developed a strong and unique profile of expertise and research capacity which makes us an internationally attractive partner Every large project underlines this strengthens our international and national networks and increases our insights knowledge and ability to deliver societally relevant research results About the project The full title of the project is Negotiating early job insecurity and labour market exclusion NEGOTIATE and is about the short and long term consequences of European young people s job insecurity or exclusion from the labour market NEGOTIATE is particularly interested in the significance of young persons own active efforts to obtain and maintain a secure labour market position Further it wants to identify which political and other conditions contribute to promote or hinder young individuals opportunity to succeed in life NOVA HiOA will carry out the NEGOTIATE project in collaboration with partner institutions in Bulgaria the Czech Republic Germany Greece Poland Spain Switzerland and the United Kingdom Moreover SOLIDAR a European network of voluntary organisations participates as a fully integrated member of the research consortium Professor Bjorn Hvinden is Scientific Coordinator for the project and Bettina Uhrig Senior International Adviser at NOVA holds the role of Project Manager In addition researchers Christer Hyggen and Mi Ah Schoyen played a significant part in writing the research proposal Financial Controller Renate Mundheim from the NOVA administration has been instrumental in preparing the Grant Agreement The project funding amounts to almost EUR 2 5 million The project starts in March 2015 and will run for

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/News/New-EU-project-to-NOVA-and-HiOA (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - Rich stay-at-home mums produce the winners of tomorrow
    known to have close neighbourhood relationships The children run in and out of each other s houses and according to the mothers everybody gets to play says Aarseth Forskningsleder Helene Aarseth Foto HiOA Everybody s equal in the neighbourhood and to many of the parents it is important that the children don t know how rich they are They are signalling an emphasis on healthy and complete people of equal value This is reflected in the neighbourhood which is characterised by an exceptionally high standard of living which appears normal says the researcher Producing winners The children do not participate in school based extra curricular facilities Instead mum spends her afternoon with the children and helps them with their homework Particularly the mothers of children with challenges such as ADHD or hearing impairment do not spend their days in coffee bars They spend all their energy on accommodating their child s special needs and ensuring that these challenges do not limit their child s possibilities It s an intense motherhood characterised by close attention and a lot of care and empathy says the sociologist At the same time they clearly aim at producing the winners of tomorrow The mother s demands of her children are not necessarily extremely high but if a child shows certain talents there are no reasons why it shouldn t aspire to achieve top grades The parents take it for granted that their children will be studying abroad and have an international career Dad not included The women are completely dedicated to their children And they regard this as an important and demanding job These women are not housewives who spend their time at home in order to clean and do housework They have a cleaner and perhaps one or two au pairs to look after the home Dinner is ready when the children come home from school in time to reach training and matches The dads have to look after themselves perhaps they are granted a cold hot dog by the kitchen counter says Aarseth Dad lives his own life at work on weekdays The rest of the family can t take his life into consideration when they organise their days They never know when he arrives back from work say the women Dependent on a stay at home wife Several of Aarseth s male informants emphasised that they worked extremely long hours and it was therefore necessary for the family that their wife was at home Not everybody have that long weekly working hours though Some of the men are investors and may come and go as they wish Lawyers reported working weeks up to 60 hours But I have previously interviewed couples who work in academia who also work 60 hours weeks They manage to have two demanding jobs and a home and family life with children and without a cleaner or au pair says Aarseth According to her it is not the work pressure within the financial elite but rather the emotional

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/News/Rich-stay-at-home-mums-produce-the-winners-of-tomorrow (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - Dr. Merschbrock wins Best Article Award
    of e Collaboration Performance in Building Construction was selected as the best article published in the International Journal of e Collaboration IJeC during the year 2014 Dr Merschbrock is Associate Professor at the University College s Department of Civil Engineering and Energy Technology and co wrote the article with Professor Bjørn Erik Munkvold at the University of Agder Kristiansand Norway Abstract Virtual design and construction of buildings and architectural spaces require extensive collaboration among a diverse set of design professionals The authors analyze e collaboration performance in two construction projects of differing complexity to gain an understanding of how collaborative design based on building information modeling BIM is influenced by the complexity of the building project The findings suggest that the perceived business value of BIM depends on project complexity and that BIM based collaboration does not yield unconditional positive implications for all types of construction projects The authors argue that current practice would benefit from a more structured approach to building business cases for e collaboration comprising the following aspects 1 a thorough assessment of BIM s potential benefits based on the complexity of the project 2 an assessment of all designers collaborative BIM capabilities and maturity 3 a

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/Aktuelle-saker-fra-2014/Dr.-Merschbrock-wins-Best-Article-Award (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - Some reflections on teacher education
    they should be able to use their judgement to know what needs to be done when different situations arise then and there They must also gain an understanding of the school of the future Biesta is concerned with the fact that the pupils should grow up and become adults As teachers we must constantly ask ourselves what would help pupils to live a more adult life and what would prevent them from doing so School subjects constitute not only knowledge but also the way in which we engage with the world Teaching has something to do with another person s life How can I contribute to another person s freedom Many goals Head of Studies Bjørn Smestad has took a look at teaching plans and found 1 100 learning objectives in Norwegian education all of which must be tested in exams The primary and lower secondary school has national exams and there is growing pressure to introduce a national exam in mathematics for student teachers Smestad was worried that all the focus on measurable learning objectives would mean fewer opportunities to explore the subjects When the objective for the lesson is written in big letters on the blackboard what happens if a pupil s question turns the discussion in a new direction asks Smestad Will fewer pupils ask questions And will fewer teachers allow those questions to be asked A question for society Biesta points out that society will always be preoccupied with education and qualification Norway is not the only country to have introduced national tests and learning objectives Society wants to know how public money is being spent Management by objectives is being introduced It s important not to forget the long term objectives says Biesta We must act on insight and understanding If we take the blackboard

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/Aktuelle-saker-fra-2014/Some-reflections-on-teacher-education (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - Greener cloud computing
    created an algorithm that could pack all virtual computers more effectively without taking any other factors into consideration This meant it could pack highly effectively at night time when people are not usually working We could then save up to seventy per cent of energy consumption and that s a lot But it also affected the performance of the virtual machines Ideally no one should be working on them but if someone is they ll notice the poorer performance When the algorithm is stopped the computers will revert to their previous location as if nothing had happened The second algorithm takes more factors into consideration It contains built in functions that make it possible to save energy without making any noticeable difference to performance on virtual computers It can also decide which computers are important and which are not In terms of production we can imagine that if I am to work from eight to four I can say that I want high performance during that period but that outside that period it isn t so important because I m not working This offers possibilities to for example pay less at night time If the users in a production environment could choose you would have the possibility to move the virtual computers around and you could remove many of the resources you usually have so that energy is used more effectively Vast savings Although the second algorithm which is more advanced does not save as much energy as the first because it takes more into consideration it does save more than forty per cent of energy consumption We wanted to find an algorithm with which we could compare our own We adapted an algorithm that already existed in order to see how it behaved compared to the one we had built The cloud services on which we work today are among the most advanced because there are so many computers that need to work together to set up and use a cloud Thomas Hage together with his supervisors Kyrre Begnum left and Anis Yazidi standing by the servers used for Alto HiOA s cloud Should be easy to use In addition to the program what we hope to contribute is the thinking and the algorithm that can make it easier to understand how it can be built into systems We don t want to create extra work for system administrators who already have more than enough to do We ve devoted a lot of work to making the prototype easy to use automatic and able to life its own life Tested in a production environment There s a difference between my thesis and other projects I ve read about Many simulate but don t try it out in practice We found very few examples of people who had tried to do this in an authentic production environment This presented a few extra challenges as the cloud we used was for students at HiOA We know that they were working in

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/Aktuelle-saker-fra-2014/Greener-cloud-computing (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - Opening hours and addresses
    Contact Pilestredet 48 Phone 22 45 20 60 Lsb p48 hioa no Interlibrary loan Lsb p48 fjernlaan hioa no Opening hours Monday Thursday 08 00 20 00 Friday 08 00 17 00 Saturday 10 30 14 00 P48 ground floor pc s journals Monday Thursday 08 00 20 00 Friday 08 00 16 00 24 hours room P48 room S154 Every day all year entry after opening hours through entrance facing Pilestredet 46 Library P35 Contact Pilestredet 35 2 floor Phone 22 45 32 20 Lsb p35 hioa no Opening hours Monday Thursday 08 00 18 30 Friday 08 00 15 30 Library P32 Contact Pilestredet 32 2 floor Phone 67 23 50 85 Lsb pp hioa no Opening hours Monday Thursday 08 00 18 30 Friday 08 00 15 30 Library Sandvika Contact Otto Sverdrups plass 4 1 floor visiting address Phone 902 14 578 lsb sandvika hioa no Opening hours Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday 10 00 14 00 lunch between 11 25 and 12 05 Wednesday Closed You can pick up your books from the open shelf in the buildings opening hours Learning Support Contact Pilestredet Pilestredet 48 1 floor Kjeller Kunnskapsveien 55 3 floor Phone 22 45

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/Learning-Centre-and-Library/About-the-Learning-Centre-and-Library/Opening-hours-and-addresses (2015-09-15)
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