Author: Babak

Defining my role of a university teacher

During the spring of 2019, I participated in a newly designed pedagogics course organized by our faculty. The course made me reflect on my role as a university teacher. We don’t think much about it. But what we teachers and professor do every day in our offices, lecture rooms and meetings is what at the end of the day makes up a university. This course made me think about how I can best contribute to our university’s prosperity and quality in my everyday conduct. My conclusion is that I should be more than a lecturer.

How to permanently step out of your filter bubble

Do you live in a filter bubble? Do you see more Trump-related news every time you click on Trump-related news? If the answer is yes then you probably do live in a filter bubble, like most of us using the internet. But some of us try to burst the bubble. Here are some tips from my side on how I try to burst my filter bubble.

Kravet om å tenke radikalt nytt i digitalisering kan virke handlingslammende

Mange som oppmuntrer til digitalisering setter det nærmest som et krav at digitalisering skal ta utgangspunkt i radikalt nye måter å jobbe på. Digitalisering skal for all del ikke resultere i en digital versjon av det man allerede gjør! Det man glemmer er at det er krevende å finne på helt nye måter å jobbe på, og attpå realisere det ved hjelp av digitale støtteverktøy. Derfor kan et krav om å tenke helt nytt virke handlingslammende. Når det gjelder digitalisering må virksomheter kunne balansere inkrementell innovasjon med radikalt ny langsiktig tenking.

What goes wrong when students reflect on their research methods

In 2017 Elena and I ran the IT3010 course at NTNU on the topic of qualitative research methods in computer science. This was the first time we had the course run as a realistic run-up to a research conference with papers presented by students. The last deliverable in the course was a reflection report where each student was asked to reflect on the who process. Here I want to summarize some tips to students after having graded this last deliverable.

Tips for the first-time academic publication referee

In this blog post I have collected some tips for writing a good referee report in the research methods subject IT3010 that I teach at NTNU together with Elena Parmiggiani. The tips are based on actual review reports that the students submit. So new students will benefit from carefully reading this blog post. Please provide your feedback in the comments field if you have questions or suggestions for more tips.