Kumpula Colloquium discussed future of university – next talk 6th February on online education

[For Finnish, see below]

In the first event of Kumpula Colloquium Learning Together on 29th January, Chief Digital Officer Jaakko Kurhila gave a talk titled “Tensions Rising for the Eternal Ivory Tower: Education as a Service”. Recording of Kurhila’s talk is available here.

In the next colloquium 6th February, professor Teemu Roos will give a talk “Same but different – Making online education scalable but personal”. Presentations and the discussion will be recorded and published in Unitube soon after the events.

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Matlu International Committee established by the Science Student’s Association Matlu

The Science Student’s Association Matlu established an International Committee in December of 2019.

“The Committee is charged with the responsibility to promote the interests of international students in Kumpula. Our goal is to organise fun events for international and internationally-minded students. For example, we are currently planning an International Sitsit and International Hangouts.”

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Kumpula MSc pro­gramme info ses­sions for BSc stu­dents, 3-11 Feb 2020

Come and get to know the MSc programmes on Kumpula campus!

MSc programmes on Kumpula Science campus will organise info sessions presenting what studying is like in their programme. The info sessions are for all BSc level students. They are a great way to see all the possibilities each programme has to offer and ask questions about the studies!

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“Tensions rising for the eternal ivory tower” and other conversation starters

In Finnish below

Kumpula Learning Together Colloquium invites you to ponder about what teaching and learning could be like in future. The Kumpula Learning Together Colloquia events don’t give you answers but rather aim to raise questions and ideas regarding how we teach and learn.

First events of the series are:

Wed, 29 Jan 2020, at 14:15 in Exactum A111:
Jaakko Kurhila, Chief Digital Officer, University of Helsinki:
Tensions Rising for the Eternal Ivory Tower: Education as a Service
Register to the first event using this link

6th February, at 15:00 in Exactum CK112:
Teemu Roos, Professor of Computer Science, University of Helsinki
Same but different – making online education scalable but personal
Register to the second event using this link

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Data Science and Computer Science MSc programmes receive record numbers of applications

The University of Helsinki received 4700 applications to its master’s programmes in the call that closed on Jan 10th, 2020. This is an increase of over 20% over the previous year.

Two of the three most popular programmes of the university are in the Faculty of Science: MSc in Data Science is #1, tied with MSc in Environmental Change and Global Sustainability with 355 applications each, while MSc in Computer Science is #3 with 269 applications. In 2019, the numbers of applicants were 278 and 225, respectively, so the increase has been 28% and 20%, respectively. Continue reading

Matematiikan opetusta vai yliopistopedagogiikkaa?

Osallistuin syksyllä Euroopan kasvatustieteellisen tutkimusseuran (The European Educational Research Association, EERA) järjestämään The European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) -konferenssiin Hampurissa Saksassa. Konferenssiohjelman yli kahdentuhannen esityksen joukkoon mahtui myös minun kaksi esitelmääni. Continue reading

Juha Oikkosen juhlaseminaari 25.-26.10.

Briefly in English: see Professor Juha Oikkonen’s Honorary Conference Gathered Mathematics Educators

Lokakuun viimeisen viikon lopulla matematiikan opetuksen tutkimusryhmä järjesti professori Juha Oikkosen elämäntyön kunniaksi juhlaseminaarin. Juha on toiminut pitkään matematiikan ja tilastotieteen osastolla aineenopettajakoulutuksen vastuuhenkilönä sekä korkeakouluopetuksen uudistajana. Hänellä on ollut merkittävä rooli myös Ylioppilastutkintolautakunnassa.

Seminaarissa kuultiin kolme tieteellistä esitelmää sekä lukuisia juhlatervehdyksiä, jotka toivat esiin Juhan työn eri puolia. Lisäksi järjestettiin kaksi vuorovaikutteista työpajaa. Ulkomaisena vieraana seminaariin oli kutsuttu matematiikan korkeakouluopetuksen professori Elena Nardi East Anglian yliopistosta. Continue reading

Professor Juha Oikkonen’s Honorary Conference Gathered Mathematics Educators

On October 25-26, 2019, an honorary conference celebrating professor Juha Oikkonen’s prominent work in the field of Mathematics Education was held in Kumpula Campus. The conference was organized in connection with the annual meeting of Finnish Mathematics and Science Education Research Association.

Juha Oikkonen is well known figure and actor in the Finnish mathematics education field. He has developed mathematics teaching at the University of Helsinki towards more student centered direction which has, for example, improved the number of degrees. He has put a lot of effort to teacher education and is also working in the Finnish matriculation examination board. Many Finnish mathematicians, mathematics educators, and students respect Juha’s inspiring and often very concrete approach to teaching mathematics.

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Women constitute 29% of staff in the Faculty of Science

Our recent post about the gender distribution of students in the Faculty of Science (45% of women among new students) raised questions about the gender distribution of the staff. Per popular request: overall, the distribution is 29%/71% between women/men.

Fraction of women in major staff groups:

  • Research and Teaching Assistants: 35% (78/144 female/male)
  • Laboratory staff and Research Coordinators: 33% (31/62)
  • PhD students: 31% (100/223)
  • Postdocs: 26% (50/140)
  • University Lecturers and Teachers: 32% (28/60)
  • University Researchers: 22% (22/79)
  • Assistant and Associate Professors: 32% (13/28)
  • Professors and Research Directors: 16% (15/77)

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