Transforming Educational Management Systems Through Tech

Eduix Ltd and the Learners Corner Education Tech Hub organized another online discussion about “Transforming Educational Management Systems Through Tech”, where we addressed advantages and challenges of EMIS and the relevance of systematic data collection and analysis for education sector development.

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Cultivating Sustainability in Museums’ Digital Renaissance

Institutions dedicated to the preservation and safeguarding of our cultural heritage, such as museums, serve as invaluable assets for the enhancement of mental health, overall well-being, social cohesion, and cultural enlightenment within our society. The intrinsic value of culture for the betterment of our communities has never been more evident than in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. During this global crisis, those fortunate enough to have access to the internet have increasingly turned to online cultural offerings provided by both public and private museums.

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Empowering Supervisors’ Autonomy in Thesis Advising

In the realm of academia, writing a Bachelor or Master thesis is a core task that students need to go through in higher education institutions. And effective thesis advising plays a crucial role in guiding students towards successful graduation completion and education outcomes. The advent of digital platforms, such as Wihi, streamlines the supervision and management of academic projects. However, some university supervisors harbor concerns that adopting such platforms might infringe upon their autonomy in advising work. In this blog post, we will debunk this misconception and highlight how Wihi, instead of limiting supervisors’ independence, empowers them in their crucial role as mentors and guides.

Preserving Supervisors’ Autonomy

One of the main concerns expressed by supervisors is the fear that a digital platform centralizing communication between them and their students will result in undue interference by other faculty members who also have access to it, such as thesis coordinators and students’ counsellors. This misconception stems from the assumption that the platform would enable “external parties” to exert control over the advising process. However, it is essential to clarify that Wihi acts as a facilitator of the supervision process, providing tools and resources to streamline the student writing process while preserving supervisors’ autonomy.

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Digitalizing thesis work does not reduce supervisor-student interaction – on the contrary!

In today’s increasingly digital world, the adoption of technology has transformed various aspects of our lives. One area that has seen a significant shift is education, particularly in the management of learning and teaching processes. However, despite increased education digitalization, supervision and management of thesis work has been one core task that is still lagging behind.

In our recent work developed in the international market, when we start having meaningful and open conversations with potential customers about Wihi, our platform for the management and supervision of thesis work, many academic staff bring us a concern, derived from digitalization misconceptions, that Wihi may decrease face-to-face (f2f) interactions between students and supervisors. In this blog post, we will debunk this assumption and explore how thesis work digitalization with Wihi actually enhances and fosters supervisor-student interactions, both f2f and remotely.

Dispelling the Misconception

Contrary to popular belief, the introduction of a platform for thesis supervision does not inherently imply that students and supervisors will limit their interactions solely to the digital interface. It is essential to understand that the platform serves as a supportive tool rather than a replacement for personal engagement. By embracing digitalization, we can address existing challenges and facilitate more effective communication and collaboration.

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Teachers engagement and strategies for hybrid schooling

Eduix, in collaboration with the Learners Corner Education Tech Hub organised a webinar about “Teachers Engagement and Strategies for Hybrid Schooling”. The webinar was designed to address teachers’ needs to enhace their own motivation in teaching in our current era of hybrid learning. The content aimed to support educators with strategies to thrive in the hybrid schooling environment.

You can find the Webinar recording here !

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Eduix supports Karelian thesis management process

Eduix cares deeply about how our solutions are helping our customers to address their challenges and how we can improve our services. In this interview, Tarja Kuppiainen, a principal lecturer in tourism and hospitality management at the Karelia University of Applied Sciences (UAS), shared with us how Wihi has supported the university to manage thesis work.

She told us how thesis work used to be before the adoption of Wihi at Karelia, the training process of teaching supervisors how to use Wihi and the workflow change management at the university deployed during Wihi implementaiton. She also underlined the main benefits that Wihi brought to her daily work, considering the way that Wihi structures thesis phases and facilitates thesis management data analysis for decision making, as featured in the image below.

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Developing a sustainable digital strategy for museums

About a month ago, the ReInHerit H2020 published a very informative webinar on 

Collaboration in digital heritage: networks, resources, and digital strategies development

The presenter, Ass. Prof. Chiara Zuanni, introduced the main points that one needs to take into account when developing a sustainable digital strategy for museums. Her presentation goes over the topics:

  1. Why develop a digital strategy
  2. How to start
  3. What to include
  4. How to evaluate it
  5. Where to find more resources

She focused on the process of digitizing collections and fostering digital engagements, emphasizing why this is important according to current European policies as well. I cannot over-recommend the webinar, which you can access here!

For those who prefer a textual summary of her presentation, below you find some of the main points she highlighted.

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“A key feature of a good software developer: to be able to ask the right questions.”

Customer satisfaction is key to the success of any business or organization. In today’s fast-paced world, where customer expectations are high, it is important to develop systems that can handle their needs efficiently and improve their work processes. This is particularly important in work fields such as financial project management, where data accuracy is critical to make sure that the financial situation of a project is under control. In this blog post, we explore the story of Thomas Hyllested, a service and contract manager at NORDUnet, who needed a system that could handle refined data required to report monthly project cost from several Nordic organizations.

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All EYEs ON TAMK 2023

March is a special month for Eduix: for the second year we will participate in the Education Leadership Forum organized by TAMK. This time, though, we are not only sponsoring the event, but we will highly contribute with its content. This year, the Forum will be part of the EYE ON TAMK event, which will happen between March 20th-24th.

The programme is full of food for thought and we will be immersed on discussions, presentations, workshops, and networking events about (Re)connecting Professional Networks in Education.

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Operationalizing universities’ cultures and pedagogical leadership towards the SDGs

In 2015, the international community signed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to reach a better and equal society, as well as care for their ecosystems by 2030. Among the 17 goals, the fourth was established to be Quality Education, aiming to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” (United Nations, 2017).

How universities have been addressing the SDGs

At the halfway point, and aware of the remaining challenges to achieve the SDGs, higher education institutions (HEIs) around the globe have a critical role to engage with the SDGs in their everyday pedagogical and administrative practices, across subjects and work fields, in three main fronts:

  • Education planning (teaching, learning, research)
  • Organizational governance
  • External leadership and impact

To assist HEIs in concretizing their education planning concerning the SDGs, Eduix and HeadAi have developed an unique artificial intelligence (AI)-based Scorecard capable of analyzing HEI’s education programs and curricula in regards to the SDGs.

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