Experts in Teamwork - for students - Kunnskapsbasen
Experts in Teamwork - for students
This page contains information about how to register for Experts in Teamwork, useful teaching materials, and rules for attendance and exemptions.
Norsk versjon - Eksperter i team - for studenter
- How do I register for EiT?
- Village assignments
- What should I do if I have to change my village type?
- Guidelines for applications for exemption from EiT
- When does the teaching take place?
- Learning material
- Reference groups
- Attendance rules
- Why is attendance obligatory in EiT?
- What are the obligatory activities in EiT?
- Why do I have to be present on the first or second village day?
- I am going to be absent for more than 20 percent of the time. Is there anything I can do?
- What should I do if I get ill?
- Do we have to stay in the village room the entire day?
- Continuation of your project results
Experts in Teamwork students are divided into work groups called villages (classes of approximately 35 students) and the teaching takes place at the different NTNU campuses.
How do I register for EiT?
Choose a village
When choosing which village you would most like to attend, you have to select 5 villages in preferred order. In addition you must:
- Choose the village type required by your programme of study
- Choose villages that is offered at your campus
- Choose at least two villages offered by another faculty than your own
- Choose maximum three virtual villages (Students in Gjøvik and Ålesund can choose four virtual villages)
- Choose only villages where you know the language of instruction. (Exception: Students on a few specific master's programmes may only choose villages where English is the village language, labelled ENG in the overview below)
Virtual villages are fully digital. This means that all teaching and group work takes place using digital collaboration tools. There are both virtual intensive and semesterbased villages. In some semesterbased virtual villages, working hours are more flexible, with a mandatory three hour meeting on Wednesdays and weekly work meetings in your group. See the individual village presentation for details. The virtual villages have a limited number of participants. Therefore some groups of students will be prioritized for these villages:
- Students who have to take the EiT-course digitally due to health-related causes.
- Long-distance students living far away from the NTNU campuses, who study online.
- Part-time students and students who for other reasons have difficulty attending ordinary villages.
If you need to be prioritized for a virtual EiT village, contact your faculty.
- Register your five village priorities on Studentweb from 1 October – 1 November.
- You may change the order of priorities as many times as you would like before the deadline
- Guide to registering on Studentweb
What should I do if I am unable to register on Studentweb?
If you are not following a normal study progression, Experts in Teamwork might not show up on your Studentweb pages. If that is the case, you must contact your faculty before 1 November, so that they can help you by registering your priorities manually.
What are my village options?
Intensive villages are taught every day for three weeks in January, while semester-based village are taught for fifteen Wednesdays during the spring semester. Both village types are equal in scope and number of teaching days.
Your faculty or department decides if you can choose semester-based or intensive villages, or if you are free to choose between them. The overview below shows which village type(s) you can choose.
Please note: If your programme of study is listed under both intensive and semester-based villages, this means that you may choose freely between the two types of villages.
|Faculty of Humanities (HF)||May choose intensive villages?||May choose semester-based villages?|
|Comparative Studies of Literature||Yes||Yes|
|Creative Music Technology||Yes||Yes|
|Drama and Theatre||Yes||Yes|
|Equality and Diversity||Yes||Yes|
|Film and Media Studies||Yes||Yes|
|Language and communication in professions||Yes||No|
|Scandinavian Language and Literature Studies||Yes||Yes|
|Science and Technology Studies (STS)||Yes||No|
|Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (MH)||May choose intensive villages?||May choose semester-based villages?|
|Medical Imaging Technologies||Yes||No|
|Physical Activity and Health||Yes||No|
|Public Health||Yes||No (Part time students: Yes)|
|Faculty of Architecture and Design (AD)||May choose intensive villages?||May choose semester-based villages?|
|Industrial Design Engineering||No||Yes|
|Interaction design ENG Gjøvik||No||Yes|
|Real Estate and Facilites Management||No||Yes|
|Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE)||May choose intensive villages?||May choose semester-based villages?|
|Applied Computer Science Gjøvik||No||Yes|
|Communication Technology and Digital Security||No||Yes|
|Cybernetics and Robotics 2-years and 5-years||No||Yes|
|Digital Infrastructure and Cyber Security||No||Yes|
|Electric Power Engineering||No||Yes|
|Electronic Systems Design||No||Yes|
|Electronic Systems Design and Innovation||No||Yes|
|Energy and Environmental Engineering||No||Yes|
|Energy and the Environment||No||Yes|
|Information Security Gjøvik||No||Yes|
|Simulation and Visualization Ålesund||No||Yes|
|Faculty of Engineering (IV)||May choose intensive villages?||May choose semester-based villages?|
|Civil and Environmental Engineering (2-year and 5-year)||No||Yes|
|Engineering and ICT||No||Yes|
|Geosciences and Georesources||No||Yes|
|Geotechnics and Geohazards||No||Yes|
|Global Manufacturing Management||No||Yes|
|Marine Technology (2-year and 5-year)||No||Yes|
|Mechanical Engineering (2-year and 5-year)||No||Yes|
|Naval Architecture ENG Ålesund||No||Yes|
|Operational Maritime Management ENG Ålesund||No||Yes|
|Product and Systems Engineering ENG Ålesund||No||Yes|
|Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS)||No||Yes|
|Sustainable Manufacturing ENG Gjøvik||No||Yes|
|Faculty of Natural Sciences (NV)||May choose intensive villages?||May choose semester-based villages?|
|Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, 2-year||No||Yes|
|Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, 5-year||No||Yes|
|Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry||No||Yes|
|Food and Technology||No||Yes|
|Light Metals, Silicon and Ferroalloy Production||No||Yes|
|Materials Technology, 2-year||No||Yes|
|Materials Technology, 5-year||No||Yes|
|Materials Science and Engineering, 2-year||No||Yes|
|Physics and Mathematics||No||Yes|
|Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences (SU)||May choose intensive villages?||May choose semester-based villages?|
|Archives and Collections Management||No||Yes|
|Childhood Studies ENG||Yes||No|
|Child welfare work||Yes||No|
|Disability and society||Yes||No|
|Education - has its own module-based villages||No||No|
|Education and upbringing||Yes||No|
|Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainable Development||Yes||No|
|Globalisation and Sustainable Development ENG||Yes||No|
|Learning in Working Life and Society||Yes||Yes|
|Media, Communication and Information Technology||Yes||No|
|Organization, digitalization, administration and work||Yes||No|
|Psychology (master program)||Yes||No|
|Faculty of Economics and Management (OK)||May choose intensive villages?||May choose semester-based villages?|
|Economics, 2 years||Yes||No|
|Economics, 5 years||Yes||No|
|Industrial Economics and Technology Management||No||Yes|
|Management of Technology||No||Yes|
|Master in Accounting and Auditing||No||Yes|
|Master in Economics and Business Administration||No||Yes|
|Master of Industrial Innovation and Digital Security ENG Gjøvik||No||Yes|
|Master of Science in International Business and Marketing ENG||No||Yes|
|Project Management ENG||No||Yes|
|Sustainability, Work Environment and Safety Management Master||No||Yes|
ENG: Students from these study programmes must choose English speaking villages
By December 12 you will be able to see which village you have been assigned to by logging on to Studentweb or Blackboard. If you can not find the information on Studentweb, please contact the Section for Experts in Teamwork.
Please note that when you have been assigned to a village, you are automatically registered for the EiT course and examination.
Welcome message from village supervisor
The village supervisor in the village you have been assigned to will send you a welcome message on Blackboard by December 12. This message will contain information about when and where you have to meet up for the first day of EiT.
What if you don't get a message from you village supervisor, or are missing information about meeting place?
We then recommend that you contact:
- The village supervisor directly
- The department that provides the village
- The faculty of the department that provides the village
Please note: Information about meeting places in the schedules you find on NTNU's web pages may be unreliable, because room assignments can change. Therefore, you should rely on the confirmation you get from the village supervisor, or the department, about where you are supposed to meet on the first village day.
The allocation process
The main rule is that there should be a maximum of two students from the same programme of study in an EiT team. The Section for EiT distributes the students into different villages according to this principle, and the priorities that have been entered by EiT students on Studentweb, as well as the need for technical expertise in the village.
What should I do if I have to change my village type?
EiT is normally compulsory in all programmes of study at the second-degree (master's) level at NTNU and your study programme decides which village type (intensive or semester-based) you must complete, but under certain conditions it may be appropriate for you to apply for a different type of village. To apply for a change of village type you must send an application to your faculty before 1 October.
How can I change from intensive to semester-based villages or the other way around?
Your study programme decides which village type (intensive or semester-based) you must complete, or if you are free to choose between them. See the list above for an overview.
You can apply for a change of village type if you have good reason to do so. The application is sent to the EiT contact at the faculty where you belong through your master’s programme. The faculty can also give you more information, and answer questions regarding the application procedure.
Please note that even though you apply for a change of village type, you must also register five village priorities on Studentweb before 1 November.
Guidelines for applications for exemption from EiT
In addition to the general provisions in the Universities and University Colleges Act § 3-5 Academic recognition, the following guidelines for exemption applies to the Experts in Teamwork course:
Upon application to the Faculty, students may be granted the right to substitute the Experts in Teamwork course with another programme-relevant course that has the same scope at master’s level, if they fulfil one of the following criteria.
- Students who have to complete programme-relevant fieldwork or time abroad, or who have other programme-related absences that mean that they cannot be at NTNU during the same semester in which the Experts in Teamwork course is scheduled.
- Students who, for compelling practical reasons, cannot be present when the Experts in Teamwork course is being held.
- Students who, for documented health reasons, are not able to complete the Experts in Teamwork course in accordance with their study plan.
Before you apply for an exemption due to compelling practical reasons, you should consider whether a virtual village could be a solution for you.
How do I apply for an exemption?
You must send an application before 1 October to the EiT contact person at your faculty. The application must contain relevant documentation. The faculty can also give you more information, and answer questions regarding the application procedure. You can also apply after 1 October, but after this date you are not guaranteed a place in one of your prioritized villages, in cases where an exemption is not granted.
Please note that even if you apply for an exemption, you must also register five village priorities on Studentweb before 1 November.
When does the teaching take place?
Online course about groups and group dynamics
The course will give you insight into some selected perspectives to understand what happens when working together in groups. The course is intended as a supplement to the EiT compendium, and consists of a mixture of video, text and assignments. It also contains some background for Experts in teams with a contribution from people from the industry. The course provides a good overview of some central topics that you can use when reflecting on what happens in the group and when writing the process report. You will find a link to the course in Blackboard. Please note that the course is located on NTNU's platform for online courses. If you have registered with digit before, you have to create a user to access the course. Select "Create user with FEIDE" and use your NTNU account.
Guide for EiT students
The guide for students is an important document that you should read at the beginning of the semester. The guide contains the course description and an elaboration on EiT's learning outcomes and assessment criteria. The guide describes the framework of the course, such as attendance and compulsory activities.
The guide also contains a chapter that elaborates on what is expected regarding the content of the process report, and is intended to help in the writing process.
We recommend that all students read this guide during the first village days.
- Guide for Students in EiT Spring Semester 2024 (English version)
- Veiledning for studenter i EiT våren 2024 (Norwegian version)
Book for reflections
Every student in EiT gets access to a book for reflections. The book, which is about EiT and facilitation, also contains a guide to writing reflections. Your personal reflections form the basis for the reflections that are made at the group level, and for the team’s process report. The book is digital and will be made available for you via Blackboard.
List of literature
The list of literature is an overview of texts that aim to provide a theoretical framework, and be a basis for reflection on group processes. The texts describe and discuss group dynamics from different perspectives. Some of the texts can be found in the EiT compendium. The list is digital and will be made available to you via Blackboard.
In EiT reference groups are used to ensure the quality of the course. One the webpage for village supervisors, you find normal procedures and templates for reference group reports.
Attendance is obligatory in Experts in Teamwork. If you are absent for more than 20 percent (three days), or do not show up the first village days or do not participate in the final presentation and teamwork dialogue, you will be unable to submit your work for grading. This applies regardless of the reason for the absence. You have to be present the following days:
- First or second day, in order to compete the cooperation agreement.
- The day of the final presentation of the project and the dialogue about the teamwork in the student team.
Why is attendance obligatory in EiT?
As members of a team, you are mutually dependent of each other’s efforts, contributions and presence. A basis for this is that the team works together on the village days. Since the course is experience based, and the experiences form the basis for a common report, it will be bad for the team if some of the group members are absent.
What are the obligatory activities in EiT?
In addition to obligatory attendance, the following activities are obligatory:
- Drawing up a cooperation agreement between the members of the student team during the first two village days.
- Oral presentation of the project and a dialogue about the teamwork in the student team when the teaching ends.
Why do I have to be present on the first or second village day?
The foundation for the work in the teams is naturally laid down at the start of the semester. As members of a team, you are mutually dependent of each other’s efforts, contributions and presence. Certain rules need to be laid down to ensure healthy cooperation in the team. Through negotiations the students decide what rules should apply in their team, and this decision is recorded in a cooperation agreement. This activity is compulsory, and must be completed during the first two village days to pass the course.
I am going to be absent for more than 20 percent of the time. Is there anything I can do?
The village supervisor does not have the permission to give dispensation from the attendance rules. If you have especially good reasons for your absence, we recommend that you contact the village supervisor’s faculty. Present your case, and the faculty will consider if it is possible to find a solution.
What should I do if I get ill?
If your absence does not exceed 20 percent, it is enough to inform your village supervisor and your team and come to an agreement with your team regarding what you have to do to catch up on the work. You have to be present on days with obligatory activities.
Do we have to stay in the village room the entire day?
It is the village supervisor who decides how much time each day the team needs to be present in the village room and how much time the team can choose where they will work. This will probably vary during the semester / intensive period.
Because one of the outcomes of EiT is writing a team process report, a facilitator will observe the team as they work together. He or she has the task of helping team members to reflect on all aspects of the team's cooperation. It is important that most of the work in the team is done together in the village room to enable the facilitator to observe and assist your understanding of cooperation issues.
The project report and the process report are assessed based on the grading scale A–F. The project report and the process report are each worth 50 per cent of the final grade. The team receives one common grade. It is not possible to give individual grades. The compulsory activities must be approved by the village supervisor before the team can submit the reports for assessment, but the oral presentations do not count in the final grade.
Explanation of grades
Individual students are entitled to an explanation of the grade. The student must submit their request for an explanation to the village supervisor’s faculty within one week after the announcement of the grade. The explanation must normally be given within two weeks after the student requests it. Read more about explanations of grades and appeals on Innsida.
Appeal against a grade
If an individual student wishes to appeal against the grade, the appeal must be submitted to the village supervisor’s faculty no later than three weeks after the announcement of the grade. The faculty then appoints a new assessment committee consisting of an external examiner and another village supervisor. It is important that at least one member of the new assessment committee has previous experience in grading process reports in EiT. If the student has requested an explanation, the deadline for appeal is three weeks after the explanation was given. For appeals against the grading of group work, where a common grade is given, the individual student appeals. Any change after the appeal will apply only to the person who has appealed. Read more about explanations of grades and appeals on Innsida.
Continuation of your project results
Experts in Team (EiT) wishes to support the continuation of team project results, for which we have developed two videos. The aim of the videos is to motivate and show student groups how they can get support to take results from EiT projects further after completing the course. The videos have been developed in collaboration with Spark NTNU. Spark is a free counseling service for all students at NTNU that helps them with funding and further development, no matter how far or short they have come with their idea.
Does your student group believe there can be potential in the idea or concept you have been working on in your team? Look at the videos and do as hundreds of other NTNU students have done: register the idea at SparkNTNU.no to get free guidance.
The project is part of Engage Centre for Engage Education through Entrepreneurship