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Wednesday, November 25 • 09:30 - 11:30
D28: Supervision of PhD students in the digital age and COVID-19 era: what’s changed?

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In the last few decades, internationalization of PhD programs have become crucial. Indeed, the PhD itself became more and more transdisciplinary, professional, and practice-based. This change of nature required the PhD to go worldwide in order to find the expertise wherever it is in the world. This had a dramatic impact on supervision: what was once seen as strictly hierarchical has increasingly involved developing relationships with guidance and community support.
People from different timelines and different career stages will compare their supervising experiences, share personal stories and best (or worst) practices and discuss the impact of internationalization on the way they mentor PhD students.
Also, internationalization implies digitalization, especially in this new era with the COVID-19 pandemic and the inability to travel. Speakers will discuss the impact of digitalization and COVID-19 on supervision of PhD students, and how digitalization can help to overcome the new challenges raised by the pandemic.
  • Moderator introduces the topic and the speakers (10min)
  • 3 speakers (one of each from early / mid / late career) make a presentation based on their own experience with supervision and the changes they identify due to internationalization, to COVID-19 and digitalization, the challenges it represented for them, while others react to the presentation (1h, 20min each)
  • Round table: open discussion between the speakers to confront their views and opinions, share experiences, best practices, … (40min)
  • Wrap-up session (10min)
Keywords: Internationalization / Supervision / PhD / Digital / COVID-19

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Edwin Constable

Professor of Chemistry, University of Basel

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Mario Smith

I am a Professor of Psychology with broad research interest in capacity building, clinical health research, psychometrics and research methodology.

Elliott Cholet

European Project Manager, University of Montpellier
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Nompilo Tshuma

Lecturer and Researcher, Stellenbosch University
Dr. Nompilo Tshuma holds a PhD (Information Systems) from Rhodes University and is a lecturer and researcher in the Centre for Higher and Adult Education at Stellenbosch University. She has been working with educational technology since 2005, as both a lecturer and an academic developer... Read More →
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Karim Djouani

Professor, Tshwane Unievrsity of Technology
Karim Djouani is a Scientist and a Technical Group Supervisor of pattern recognition, machine learning, soft computing, networking systems, and robotics. He is full Professor at University Paris Est Creteil (UPEC). Since January 2014, he is the recipient of the DST/NRF SARChI Chair... Read More →

Wednesday November 25, 2020 09:30 - 11:30 CET
Zoom Room C