Finland – PEDA-forum
PEDA-FORUM – THE FINNISH NETWORK OF EXPERTISE IN UNIVERSITY PEDAGOGY AND ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT
THE BASICS OF THE NETWORK
Founded in 1994
Coordinated by the University of Oulu
- earlier: partly by Ministry of Education (projects, support for yearly organised conference).
- University of Oulu allocates little resources for coordination
- The future of the finance is under negotiations
Organisational form: network, all universities are members and have contact persons. No individual members, no membership fee for universities
CURRENTS ACTIVITIES AND TOPICS
A. Activities which has been especially successful this year
The national conference is always a big event and an important forum to meet colleagues. The start of Nordic-Baltic network for Educational Developers in a workshop in Denmark in 14th-16th June was also an important milestone for the Finnish participants (9 from four Finnish universities). Our national network (with mailing list and our journal) also managed to encourage many Finnish participants (23) to attend the ICED Conference in Barcelona.
B. A particular difficulty our network experienced this year
The finance of the network and especially the finance of the Peda-forum Journal (2 issues/year) has been a big topic. The next issue will maybe be only an online journal due to economic reasons. On the other hand: an online journal with integration to social web tools can also be an opportunity to create online debate.
C. In your national higher education context, please consider how you expect your network
to develop over the next year
The organizational form of the network is under consideration. At the moment the network is quite loose and the resources for coordination are very limited. Under these circumstances even the rethinking of our organizational structure is very challenging. It might be that we have to continue with quite low profile.
D. Qualifications: “Do the HE teachers in your country have to be qualified to teach in
universities and colleges – is there a law about it? Or are lecturers and academics only
encouraged to gain qualifications?”
At the moment there is no law about this. In the future one university (University of Jyväskylä) is requiring 10 ECTS course. Some universities have own “strong recommendations” for this. However, all universities are offering courses for lecturers.