2019: Digital Transformation Conference for Higher Education and Research


This is an article from the Conference in 2019.

Digitaliseringskonferansen for høyere utdanning og forskning
The action plan for digital transformation is presented at the conference.

The purpose of the Digital Transformation Conference is to discuss and materialize the strategy and action plan for the digital transformation of Norwegian higher education and research. Higher education and research management and staff will meet to share experiences, get new knowledge and be inspired within the field of digital transformation. The conference will put digital transformation on the agenda, and mobilize the higher education and research institutions for digital transformation.

The conference will be held 4 and 5 June with plenary sessions as well as parallel tracks within topics as research, education and administration. Monday 3 June is reserved for side meetings, workshops, etc. The conference collaborates with the Eunis 2019 Congress on 5 - 7 June in Trondheim, to facilitate participation on both conferences.

Program

  Tuesday 4 June 2019
09:00 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 11:30

Opening plenary

Welcome - Director general Roar Olsen, Unit

Official opening - Rebecca Borsch, State Secretary for Higher Education and Research

PhD Sunniva Rose

Pro-Rector for Research Bjarne Foss, Norwegian University of Science and Tehcnology

11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 13:30 Plenary session: administration and data

The digital transformation of research and higher education is highly dependent on the innovative use of data. Data can be the foundation for new ideas that challenge existing business models. At the institutional level, data analysis and business intelligence can be crucial for development and optimization. For the individual student, data can contribute to a more tailored learning experience. The new and exciting possibilities are to be found at the crossroads where technology, people and organizations meet.

  • Kjell Bernstrøm, University of Bergen
13:30 - 14:00 Coffee break
14:00 - 15:30

Plenary session: research

The digitalization strategy recommends better coordination of services  and the development of a set of common national services for research in Norway. The strategy is accompanied by a strategy for access to and sharing of research data. Simultaneously, there is a drive internationally towards digitalization and interlinking of researchers, data, services, funders, publications, training, projects and organizations. What are our national needs and requirements? And how do we work to ensure interoperability between national and European/global solutions?

  • Action plan for research services - Johanne Raade, Director of the University Library UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Chair of the Advisory Board for Research.
  • Ellen Strålberg, Difi
  • FAIR, GOing FAIR and DOing FAIR: Complementary activities on the way towards an EOSC - Dr. Peter Wittenburg, EDA EU
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30

Plenary session: education

What does the new digitization strategy and action plan mean for Norwegian universities? Will increased use of joint services be a hindrance, or will the quality of learning improve through better and more efficient services? Will joint services make it easier to collaborate across institutional and national borders? This session also provides the European and US perspectives and can give insight into where Norway stands at the international level. We look into the future on how online learning platforms will affect business models and the future of learning.

Panel discussion:
Host: Marianne Øhrn Johannesen, Assistant Academic Affairs Director, University of Agder
John O'Brien, President & CEO, Educause
dr. Raimund Vogl, President Eunis

   
19:00 - 22:00

Conference Dinner

3 course dinner at the conference hotel

   
  Wednesday 5 June
09:30 - 11:00

Parallel sessions:

Education: The Digitization Strategy for higher education and research aims at providing all students with involving and varied learning and assessment, supporting mobility and lifelong learning. The digital competence will be raised, for students and faculty alike, and student admission and administration will be simplified through comprehensive service journeys and the reuse of data. These targets are reiterated in the initiatives an priorities in the action plan which will be highlighted in this track.

Research: Ambitions for a more open and cost-effective research sector drives digitalization and the development of research infrastructures. This track contains talks on open access, new and innovative solutions for improved research data access - and insightful perspectives on interoperability between national and international solutions

Administration and management: The action plan for digital transformation points to data analysis and decision support as central initiatives. Higher education needs better solutions supporting administrative processes. Through standardization, quality improvement and streamlining processes and services, the institutions stand to gain. Management in all fields and at all levels needs data to analyze and build decision support upon. In this track we look closer at the needs, and the corresponding initiatives.

Infrastructure, middleware and data: The digital transformation of research and higher education is linked to the innovative use of data. Data can be the source of new ideas, challenging existing business models At the institutional level, data analysis and business intelligence can be crucial to development and optimization. For the individual student, data can contribute to more adapted learning. The exciting possibilities can be found at the crossroads between technology, people and business.

  • CEO Tom Røtting, Uninett
  • Campusnett as a service - CTO Vidar Faltinsen, Uninett
  • eInfra 2030 - - Professor Kenneth Ruud, UiT
  • The Global Research Network - CEO René Buch, NORDUnet
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 13:00 Parallel sessions:
- Education
- Research
- Administration and management
- Infrastructure, middleware and data
1300 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Parallel sessions:
- Education
- Research
- Administration and management
- Infrastructure, middleware and data

A detailed program is in progress, and registration will open soon.

Monday 3 June is reserved for side meetings, workshops and other pre-conference activities.

 

  Monday 3 June 2019
10:00 - 11:30

Joint services for research data - the next step

Digital Exam: The meeting starts with a plenary session, before splitting into two groups concentrating on Inspera and WiseFlow respectively.

LMS: The meeting will explore LIT integrations, GDPR, universal access, plugins, LOR, amongst other topics.

Microsoft 365 - with emphasis on Office 365: Several institutions have come far in their utilization of Office 365. The meeting will highlight Office 365 features with the potential for better use. Office 365 will be seen in connection with additional features in the Microsoft 365 package.

Security Forum: The digital transformation of the public sector is vital for an efficient society and to conserve the welfare state. The foundation for successful digital transformation is data protection and information security, to build the necessary trust. The trust in the protection of personal data and the availability of services. IoT, Big Data, AI, fake news and surveillance are other topics that engage. The Sector Security Forum is held in connection to the Digital Transformation Conference, and will highlight important topics within these areas.

11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 14:00

Joint services for research data - the next step

Digital Exam 

LMS

Microsoft 365 - with emphasis on Office 365

Security Forum

14:00 - 14:30 Coffee break
14:30 - 16:00

Joint services for research data - the next step

Digital Exam 

LMS

Microsoft 365 - with emphasis on Office 365

Security Forum

16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00

Joint services for research data - the next step

Digital Exam 

LMS

Security Forum

19:00

Opening reception, Rockheim

Introduction to Rockheim - the national museum of popular music

Access to the exhibition

Finger food and drinks


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