The last few days I have spent working on the reorganisation of Volda College. I am part of a group of six who have as our mission to suggest a new way to organise the the faculty and administrative staff. Part of the project was a seminar for everybody at the college, with working groups discussing a set of ideal models for organisation, and how these would work with the changes in the environments and the legislation for higher education.
In the course of the last few days I have learned some not exactly to-the-point things. But they are the things I remember.
A group of professors from European and American Universities were given a random collection of Norwegian Ph D dissertations, and were asked to assess them. They all reported back that the dissertations were among the top 25% they had ever read. The Nordic professors given the same set reported that the dissertations were pretty average. Patricia McKillip is a very interesting fantasy writer. The College has a "house band" consisting of quite good pop/jazz musicians. Seal fat oil is better than cod liver oil for your joints.
I told you the things I remember were not to the point. But it's what's stuck and remembered right now.
This is the journal of Torill Elvira Mortensen. I am an associate professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. The topics of my writings here are among other things media studies, reader-response theory, role-play games, Internet Culture, travel, academic weirdness and online communication - put together at random.
Google scholar page.
Introduction to Special Issue: Media-ludic approaches: Critical reflections on games and research practice. Torill Elvira Mortensen, Emma Witkowski and Claus Toft-Nielsen, in MedieKultur, vol. 34, no. 64.
Flow, Seduction and Mutual Pleasure, Torill Mortensen (2004), in Sicart, Miguel and Jonas Heide Smith (ed): Other Players conference proceedings, Center for Computer Game Research, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 6-8 December 2004.
"The Wrong Millennium", Torill Elvira Mortensen (2004), book review in Anja Rau (ed): Tekka, volume 2, number 2, Eastgate, at: http://www.tekka.net/.
Personal Publication and Public Attention, Torill Elvira Mortensen (2004): "Personal Publication and Public attention", in Gurak, Laura, Smiljana Antonijevic, Laurie Johnson, Clancy Ratliff and Jessica Reyman (ed): Into the Blogosphere; Rhetoric, Community and Culture of Weblogs, at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/blogosphere/, University of Minnesota.
Pleasures of the Player (pdf), Torill Elvira Mortensen (2003): Pleasures of the Player; Flow and control in online games, Doctoral Dissertation Volda College and University of Bergen.
Playing with Players Torill Mortensen (2002): "Playing with Players: Potential methodologies for MUDs," in Game Studies, issue 2, Espen Aarseth (ed), at http://gamestudies.org.
Blogging Thoughts (pdf) Torill Mortensen and Jill Walker: "Blogging thoughts: personal publication as an online research tool," in: Researching ICTs in Context, ed. Andrew Morrison, InterMedia Report, 3/2002, Oslo 2002.
Torill Mortensen (2001)://Estetikk til å leke med, eller: å jage drager, i Localmotives 14: /nettkunst, red: Jill Walker, Kevin Foust (min siste versjon av artikkelen).
The Gamers' Space is a small project I am doing in the spring 2009. It includes an electronic survey, pictures of game machines of different kinds, and interviews done at The Gathering, a large LAN party in Hamar, Norway. For participation, more information, links and addresses, check The Gamers' Space.