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Workshop and lunch presentation 'Interdisciplinary team work skills'

Wednesday 22 - 23 May 2019

Workshop and lunch presentation ‚ÄėInterdisciplinary team work skills‚Äô

-Learn how to realise interdisciplinary integration in team work-

On 22 and 23 May 4TU.CEE is organising a lunch presentation and workshop on the theme ‚ÄėInterdisciplinary Team work Skills‚Äô.¬† Bj√łrn Sortland and Reidar Lyng of NTNU Trondheim and Hanne L√łje of DTU will visit the University of Twente on the 22nd and TU Delft on the 23rd to share their experiences with interdisciplinary courses. You are most welcome to join the lunch presentation and/or the workshop.

NTNU has a compulsory course on interdisciplinary team work skills, for master students across the faculties for science, engineering, architecture, humanities, social sciences, economy and medicine with a large number of students. At DTU 3rd year bachelor students in the engineering programme follow a compulsory course, inspired by the NTNU course, in innovation and interdisciplinarity called ‚ÄėInnovation Pilot‚Äô.

In both courses students work on real-life challenges brought in by companies. Students with different backgrounds practice their collaborative skills: how they and the other team members contribute, and how the team functions as a dynamic whole. At the same time students need to involve the context reality of the companies in solving the challenges.

About the lunch presentation

In the lunch presentation the courses of NTNU and DTU will be compared. The three speakers will address how teams are assembled, assignments are chosen, and how team skills are assessed at the two universities. Implementing and encouraging interdisciplinarity, and handling company contacts will also be topics of discussion.

About the workshop

The workshop will be given by Bj√łrn Sortland and Hanne L√łje, Ph.D. During the workshop the participants will receive more in-depth knowledge of the courses on tools, ways of working and challenges that had to be overcome. The workshop is focused on exchange of experiences on interdisciplinary teamwork, the different approaches towards implementation and the advantages of the various formats or ideas about interdisciplinary ways of working.


22 May (Twente)

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch presentation - Lunch & Learn
14:00 - 16:00: Workshop
16:00 - 16:30: Wrap up of the day with drinks

23 May (Delft)

12:30 - 13:30: Lunch presentation - Meet & Eat
14:00 - 16:00: Workshop
16:00 - 16:30: Wrap up of the day with drinks
Location: the TU Delft Teaching Lab

For whom

4TU lecturers and education support staff.

About the presenters

Bj√łrn Sortland is associate professor and head of Experts in Teamwork at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. He is M.Sc. in Marine Technology and holds a Ph.D. degree in Marine Technology. For his whole career, he has been working on experienced based and interdisciplinary educational development. He has been the head of Experts in Teamwork since 2002, and has expanded the course to include all faculties at NTNU according to a decision made by the board of the university.

Hanne L√łje, Ph.D. is the head of studies for the bachelor of engineering program in global business engineering at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and is responsible for the course Innovation Pilot for several years now. She has worked with new teaching styles and developed e-learning modules for blended learning and flipped classroom teaching formats. Her research relates to both the teaching and learning field as well as innovation, entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary and she has published and presented in several international conferences and journals.

Reidar Lyng is associate professor of university pedagogics at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning at NTNU. He is a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and holds a Ph. D. degree in Physical Chemistry. Before coming to NTNU, he gained 20 years of experience in science and engineering education development at several Swedish universities. His research interests are wide ranging and include the interplay between teachers, students and learning spaces. His is presently the Chair for the Center of Science & Engineering Education Development at NTNU, the editor in chief for the Nordic Journal of STEM Education, and the leader for the pilot project for recognition of pedagogical merits at NTNU.

Practical details

Date:                  Wednesday 22 May or Thursday 23 May 2019
Time:                  check the programme above
Location:            UT campus on 22 May; Teaching Lab at TUD campus on 23 
Costs:                 Costs of the workshop are covered by 4TU.CEE.
Registration:       The workshop and lecture in Twente  and Delft are fully
                           It is no longer possible to register.
                           Please note that a livestream will be available of the UT                                                                     lunch presentation from 13.00-14.00 hours on 22 May.                        

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