The conference is organised by Experts in teamwork (EiT), with support from a Nordic network working on developing students’ group work in interdisciplinary teams.
The Nordic EiT-network
The network’s main objective is to train students in utilizing their academic competence in interdisciplinary settings, nationally and internationally, in order to reach enhanced project outputs and contribute to solving complex problems. This is achieved by focusing on teamwork skills, i.e. increasing the students´ awareness of how they contribute as collaborative members in a team. The development of such social skills is important both for their future workplaces and in life. By training the students´ interpersonal collaborative skills, we believe, the training may also facilitate innovative processes.
The partner institutions bring various experiences to the network. While some emphasize cooperation skills, others are particularly strong on innovative processes. The network meetings have given participants “hands on” practical experience as well as theoretical aspects. This has contributed to a deeper understanding and a greater commitment among the participants, and established a platform for long-term cooperation.
NTNU, represented by the Section for Experts in teamwork (EiT), is the coordinating institution in the network.
What is EiT?
Experts in teamwork (EiT) is a compulsory course in which students apply their academic competence in interdisciplinary project work to learn collaborative skills that can be transferred to the work place. Students work in teams with participants from diverse programmes of study. Relevant problem areas from civic and working life form the basis for teamwork, and the results achieved by the teams are used to benefit internal and external partners. Currently, 2300 students take the course annually, taught by 85 teaching staff members and 160 learning assistants (students) from all disciplines and professions.
The section for EiT is located at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management (IØT). However, since EiT is part of most master programmes at NTNU, the section for EiT collaborates across all faculties at the university. It is responsible for the professional foundation for facilitation as a core pedagogical method for learning collaborative skills, and also for training academic staff and learning assistants.
The section for EiT is also partner in Centre for Engaged Education through Entrepreneurship (ENgage). The overall objective of the centre is to develop education for students from all disciplines and professions who will constantly challenge accepted truths and innovate for the better, in both private and public sectors.The centre is awarded the status as Centre for Excellence in Education (SFU) by NOKUT (the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education.