Kari Helgetun Langfoss
Background and activities
Bachelor of Food Technology MTMAT, (3-year), NTNU
For the first class of the bachelor's program in food technology, I teach about milk technology and the dairy industry in an introductory course called “Food, Processing Technology and Sustainability” (MATV1012).
In the fall of 2nd year, I am responsible for planning and completing an HSE course that is obligatory for the students who will be in their internship during their fourth semester (TMAT201P). I am responsible for this course “Practice Studies” (TMAT201P). An internship period of five months will be a central part of an applied bachelor’s program and provides each student with insight into the food industry. The work of providing the right internship for the right student is time-consuming, but very useful. The internship will increase the contact between educators and the food industry, resulting in a relevant and practical basis for the education. “Stortingets” report no. 16 (2016-2017) “Culture for quality in higher education”, points out that the education must be relevant, so that the students can use their professional competence in the working life.
For the third-year students I teach the topic of milk technology which is part of the Food technology course (TMAT3002). In this course 4 different lab exercises are carried out and I am responsible for the production of Camembert cheese. These lab exercises allow a high degree of student activity and theory and practice go hand in hand.
I am a supervisor for undergraduate theses that are completed in the spring of the last academic year for Food technology students. I have been the main supervisor for 1-2 tasks per year in the field of milk and milk technology since 2010.
Master in Food and Technology - 2-year (FTMAMAT)
I am involved in several topics in the master's study. In Applied Food Microbiology and Biotechnology (TMMT4004), I guide students in the production of yogurt using starter cultures consisting of the lactic acid bacteria Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus delbrueckii ssp. bulgaricus. Furthermore, sensory and product evaluation of self-produced yogurt is carried out. The students then carry out an Isolation and verification of lactic acid bacteria from self-produced yogurt using microbiological and molecular genetic methods.
For last year's master's students, I participate in the subject Framework conditions for the food industry (TMMT 5001) where the students write a semester paper - "Exploitation of residual material through the food value chain". Here, my focus area is framework conditions in the dairy industry and I also conduct a demonstration of the membrane filtration plant in the process lab at Akrinn.
I am also a supervisor for master's theses both for assignments in Food Science (TMMT5003) and in Biotechnology (MSBIOTECH or MSAQFOOD).
Bachelor Vocational Teacher Education (BYRK) - Restaurant and Food Studies (3 year), NTNU
I am responsible for the subject Raw Materials and Product Technology - Milk and Vegetables- for 2nd year students at the vocational teacher education RM (YFL8205). Here I want to use student-active learning methods such as the production of Gouda cheese at the Pilot Dairy Plant at Trondheim Fagskole as well as visiting company such as Norgesmøllene AS, Buvika.
Trondheim Fagskole (Higher Vocational Education)
As part of my position, I also teach students at Trondheim Fagskole, MatTeknikk - Food Technology (2.5 years online supported with collections), 1-year vocational school study in “Value creation local food” and for Apprenticeship Training (Certificate of apprenticeship in Industrial food production - vg3) in subjects such as milk technology, vegetable technology, project work, quality management and HSE.
At Trondheim Fagskole (located at Byåsen) a Pilot Dairy plant is used where our students and course participants receive training in the production of various dairy products. This is an arena where practical problem solving, and student interactive learning methods are practiced. Here, hygiene, cleaning, quality control and HACCP are important routines and working methods.
External assignments / courses
I have held some external courses in production of fresh and ripened cheese, sour cream, butter and yoghurt. The location of the small-scale courses has been in Trondheim, Ålesund as well as for Mære and Skjetlein. Keeping in touch with the small-scale producers in Norway I regard as very useful and interesting.
I have participated in the DigiMat project where I continue to organize and conduct Digital meetings with the practice students where they present various digital issues from their practice companies. Participates now in the DIGGsam project where fellow student assessments are to be carried out in practical studies (TMAT201P) and in math technology (TMAT3002).
I was a safety representative at the Department of Food Technology for the period 2015-2017.
I am a member of the Norsk Gardsost organization and through this organization I can contribute student assignments at both university and vocational school level. I am also a member of the Technological Food Forum (Teknologisk Matforum) to keep abreast of what is happening in the food industry and to network with existing and new internship. Organizations I also keep updated on are NML (Norwegian Dairy Federation's Association), IDF (International Dairy Federation), EUROPEL (European Dairy Sensory Contest) and AEDIL (Association for European Dairy Industry Learning).