Category: Academic life

Blog posts that talk about what I do as an academic. Main focus on events, conferences, talks.

All the things we do in order not to write

I confess! I am a procrastinator. In my journey toward writing more, I do everything in my power to postpone writing. Most of the time, the things I do instead of writing look very smart and relevant. But their sole purpose is to delay the writing itself.

I am an academic who did not switch to Mastodon, and this is why

Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash

For some time now, I have observed my academic colleagues adding a Mastodon account link to their X profiles. After mass media coverage around X’s owner and how he operates X, I have also considered whether I should find a new place for my infrequent tweets. After some research and reflection, I decided to stay on X.

How to (almost) use Zettlr on Android devices

Are you a Zettlr user? Then you might occasionally want to, as I did, write short notes or even longer blog posts without sitting at your desktop computer and glaring at your Zettelkasten. You may be at a cafe, as…

Nine (surprising) things I learned from teaching a class with 500 students

I was expecting to learn a lot from teaching a course with 500 students. But I was expecting to learn other things that what I actually turned out to learn. Maybe I have to learn these things before I can concentrate on other things I also want to learn!

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.

Are you a software developer? Say hello to my 500 students.

Agile software engineeting cartoon

Are you interested in introducing yourself and your colleagues to my students? I am interested in bringing the software engineering profession into the lecture room, live. I am looking for video greetings from software developers (in Norwegian and English). Accept the challenge and say hello to my students.

So you are my student. Now what?

In this blog I describe how I prefer to cooperate with master and project students that I supervise. These are points that I have collected based on earlier supervision. The goal is to get an A grade for my students! This blog post is under continuous development. Please provide your feedback and suggestions in the comment field below or directly to me. Thanks!

På stedet løp: Konkurransens paradokser

Er det verdt å løpet hele tiden, for så å forbli på samme sted? Det er konkurransens dilemma som Hessen og Hylland Eriksen har tatt for seg i denne tunge boka. Tung ikke fordi den veier mye fysisk men fordi den var så tung å lese for meg. Men du verden for et verk. For et tidsriktig og fundamentalt relevant tema de har tatt for seg her.

My personal report from AmI 2008 conference

After three intensive days with presentations and discussions in Nuremberg (German Nürnberg, Bavaria), it is difficult not to think in terms of Ambient Intelligence.The third European Ambient Intelligence conference was held here during 19-22. November 2008. I was fortunate enough…