Experts in Teamwork – the melting pot of NTNU

The key to make even better solutions for the future, is to make people with different skillsets join forces. The course “Experts in Teamwork” lets master students from all disciplines at NTNU learn about interdisciplinary teamwork and collaborate to create innovative solutions to the big questions of our time.

As Annette wrote in an earlier blog post, sourcing ideas from people with different backgrounds is seen as an important way to make better solutions for the future. With more points of view in problem-solving, solutions can emerge that are more well-adapted to all stakeholders, and good solutions can spread across traditional disciplines.

NTNU has since 2001 let master-level students from all disciplines cooperate to find new solutions in the mandatory course Experts in Teamwork (EiT). Groups of around 5 students from different areas work with a self-defined group project from real-life problems within different areas. After half a year, each groups delivers both their proposed solution within the area, as well as a report of reflections on the dynamics of the teamwork.

The benefits for the students are two-fold; firstly, it gives experience in collaborating with others with widely different perspectives, opinions and skillsets. Secondly, it gives the opportunity to work with real-life problems, and see how their skills can be successfully employed in practice. Experts in Teamwork acts as the “melting pot” of the university, both giving good proposals for new solutions, as well as preparing the students for the increasing use of collaboration and teamwork in the industry.

For the third year in a row, Technoport collaborates with a set of EiT villages (classes) to add another dimension to the cours. Technoport will work to help groups focus even more on innovation, and inspire to put in the extra effort to make truly great solutions come to life. If you’re a student planning to do the EiT course in the spring of 2014 and want to work with the big questions of our time, consider applying for one of these villages, all collaborating with Technoport;

  • CO2 capture
  • Sustainable affordable housing for all
  • Rent drikkevann
  • Folkehelsa
  • Smart Grid
  • Havenergi
  • Smart energibruk
  • Waterworld
  • Forvaltning og bevaring av økosystemtjenester og biomangfold
  • Miljøpåvirkning og helse
  • Verdiskaping og samfunnsansvar

And finally, check out the video we made from last year’s Technoport Students campaign, in collaboration with EiT