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.
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.
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.
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.
Although “personalized learning” has been a buzz term in the education field, there are not many concrete examples of holistic edtech approaches to the change in teachers’ work that actually supports personalized learning for their students.
A team of Finnish researchers, in collaboration with Eduix, have addressed this problem within the core task of university’s students: thesis writing and project management. For that, they developed Wihi to support the supervision and management of thesis work, considering the needs of the three players involved in such academic projects : the students, their supervisors, and the faculty coordinators – who need to monitor the progress of such work.
“On one hand, Wihi is a tool for teachers to supervise thesis processes, but on the other hand, it is a tool helping the thesis-writing students to organize their work in individual level.”
The annual IT days of Finnish HEIs was held this year in Lahti on the joint campus of LAB University of Applied Sciences and LUT University. The days offered a wide range of presentations on current IT topics with the theme “IT with a purpose”, bringing together around 500 IT professionals from higher education institutions, from management to support staff from all the corners of Finland. During the first day of the event, I gave a presentation about how Finland can use learning technologies to support building education ecosystems. Below you find a summary of what we discussed there!
Continuously producing high quality research is a core activity of research centers, such as universities. However, managing such academic projects at the institutional level is still quite a challening task for everyone involved: students, supervisors and faculty coordinators.
I was lucky in getting the right supervisor for my research
Finding and building a good relationship with the right research supervisor cannot be taken for granted in universities. Since I started my postgraduate studies in Finland, I’ve been constantly confronted with my colleagues’ quest on finding the right supervisor for their studies and research work. When I was accepted to do my Master Degree at the University of Eastern Finland, I wasn’t assigned any supervisor at that moment and I wasn’t assigned with the task of finding one for my Master thesis either. Just a few months after the Master Degree Program started, I was told who would be my supervisor and that was it. Back then, I didn’t question this decision for any moment because the supervisor I was assigned fit very well my research goals and expectations. Also, our previous class experiences gave us a good taste that we would work together as a student-supervisor very well. Since then I’ve had the same supervisor for my PhD studies as well. Later I realized that I was lucky.