Experts in Teamwork

Experts in Teamwork - for students

This page contains information about how to register for Experts in Teamwork, rules for attendance and exemptions, useful teaching materials, as well as what you should do if you are unable to take the course.

Topic page about Experts in Teamwork | Pages labelled with EiT

Norsk versjon - Eksperter i team - for studenter

Experts in Teamwork students are divided into work groups called villages (student groups of approximately 30) and the teaching takes place at the different NTNU campuses.

All-digital EiT in January 2021  #

To avoid the spread of corona after the Christmas holidays, NTNU's management demands reduced activity on campus in January. Therefore, it has been decided to turn EiT into a fully digital subject in the period of 11-29 January. The decision was made for infection control reasons, as physical gathering of the village or the student groups could lead to the spread of corona. 
This means that the intensive villages must be implemented digitally. The semester-based villages must complete the first three village days digitally, and from Wednesday 3 February follow the previously set timetable for room allocation.

When does the teaching take place? #

Overview of important dates on the main page.

How do I register for EiT? #

Choose a village #

Villages 2021

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
  • 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)

The virtual villages have a limited number of participants. Therefore some groups of students will be prioritized for these villages. Order of priority: 1. International students who can not come to Norway in the spring semester. 2. Students in the risk group for Covid-19. 3. 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 #

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?
Applied ethicsYesYes
Art HistoryYesNo
Comparative Studies of LiteratureYesYes
Cultural heritageYesNo
Drama and TheatreYesYes
European StudiesYesYes
Equality and DiversityYesYes
Film and Media StudiesYesYes
Language and communication in professionsYesNo
Music Performance StudiesYesYes
Music TechnologyYesYes
Religious StudiesYesYes
Scandinavian Language and Literature StudiesYesYes
Science and Technology Studies (STS)YesNo
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (MH)May choose intensive villages?May choose semester-based villages?
MSc Physical ActivityYesNo
Global HealthYesNo
Clinical Health ScienceYesNo (Possible in some cases, contact institute.
Medical StudiesYesYes
Molecular MedicineYesNo
Public Health TrondheimYesNo (Part time students: Yes)
Public Health GjøvikNoYes
Faculty of Architecture and Design (AD)May choose intensive villages?May choose semester-based villages?
Fine ArtYesYes
Industrial Design EngineeringNoYes
Interaction design ENG GjøvikNoYes
Physical PlanningNoYes
Real Estate and Facilites ManagementNoYes
Sustainable ArchitectureYesNo
Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE)May choose intensive villages?May choose semester-based villages?
Applied Computer Science ENG GjøvikNoYes
Communication TechnologyNoYes
Computer ScienceNoYes
Cybernetics and RoboticsNoYes
Electronic Systems Design and InnovationNoYes
Electric Power EngineeringNoYes
Energy and Environmental EngineeringNoYes
Energy Use and Energy PlanningNoYes
Industrial CyberneticsNoYes
Information SystemsNoYes
Information Security ENG GjøvikNoYes
Telematics - Communication Networks and Networked ServicesNoYes
Faculty of Engineering (IV)May choose intensive villages?May choose semester-based villages?
Civil and Environmental EngineeringNoYes
Engineering and ICTNoYes
Geotechnics and GeohazardsNoYes
Global Manufacturing ManagementNoYes
Hydropower DevelopmentNoYes
Industrial EcologyNoYes
Management of Demanding Marine Operations ENG ÅlesundNoYes
Marine TechnolgyNoYes
Natural Gas TechnologyNoYes
Petroleum EngineeringNoYes
Petroleum GeosciencesNoYes
Petroleum Geosciences and EngineeringNoYes
Product and Systems Design ENG ÅlesundNoYes
Product Design and ManufacturingNoYes
Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS)NoYes
Ship Design ENG ÅlesundNoYes
Subsea TechnologyNoYes
Sustainable EnergyNoYes
Sustainable Manufacturing ENG GjøvikNoYes
Technical GeosciencesNoYes
Faculty of Natural Sciences (NV)May choose intensive villages?May choose semester-based villages?
Biotechnology, 2-yearNoYes
Biotechnology, 5-yearNoYes
Chemical EngineeringNoYes
Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, 2-yearNoYes
Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, 5-yearNoYes
Environmental Toxicology and ChemistryNoYes
Food and TechnologyNoYes
Light Metals, Silicon and Ferroalloy ProductionNoYes
Materials Technology, 2-yearNoYes
Materials Technology, 5-yearNoYes
Materials Science and Engineering, 2-yearNoYes
Ocean ResourcesNoYes
Physics and MathematicsNoYes
Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences (SU)May choose intensive villages?May choose semester-based villages?
Adult LearningYesYes
Archives and Collections ManagementYesNo
Childhood Studies ENGYesNo
Clinical Programme in PsychologyNoYes
MSc Globalization and Sustainable Development ENGYesNo
Education and upbringingYesNo
Master in entrepreneurship, innovation and societyYesNo
Media, Communication and Information TechnologyYesNo
Political ScienceYesNo
Special EducationNoYes
Sports SciencesYesNo
Social workYesNo
Disability and societyYesNo
Child welfare workYesNo
Faculty of Economics and Management (OK)May choose intensive villages?May choose semester-based villages?
Economics, 2 yearsYesNo
Economics, 5 yearsYesNo
Financial EconomicsYesNo
Industrial Economics and Technology ManagementNoYes
Master in Accounting and AuditingNoYes
Master in Economics and Business AdministrationNoYes
Master of Science in International Business and Marketing ENGNoYes
Project Management ENGNoYes
Safety, Health and EnvironmentNoYes

ENG: Students from these study programmes must choose English speaking villages

Link to the intensive villages

Link to the semester-based villages

Village assignments #

By 11th of December 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 13th of December. 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.

What should I do if I am unable to attend EiT? #

EiT is normally compulsory in all programmes of study at the second-degree (master's) level at NTNU, but under certain conditions it may be appropriate for you to apply for an exemption. You must send an application to your faculty before 1 October. 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

Who can apply for an exemption? #

You can apply for an exemption from EiT if one of these criteria applies to you:

  • Completed examinations that confer knowledge equivalent to what you experience in EiT
  • Acquired knowledge equivalent to EiT through professional and/or work experience
  • Absence related to your study programme
  • Compelling practical reasons that can be documented
  • Physical or psychological reasons for exemption

If you believe it is relevant for you to apply for exemption based on one or more of these criteria, read the exemption rules in full text.

How do I apply for an exemption? #

You must send an application where you state why you think you are eligible for an exemption to the EiT contact person at your faculty. The application must be documented. The faculty can also give you more information, and answer questions regarding the application procedure.

Regarding applications for exemption based on previous work experience: The work experience must be documented. We point out that previous exemptions have been based on several years of full-time work, as the professional experience must pay off in credits at master's level.

Please note that even if you apply for an exemption, you must also register five village priorities on Studentweb before 1 November.

Contact #

Contact information for the faculties and the Section for EiT.

Learning material #

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.

Book for reflections #

Every student in EiT is given a book for reflections. The book contains mostly blank pages where you can write down your personal reflections. These form the basis for the reflections that are made at the group level, and for the team’s process report. The book of reflections also contains a few pages on EiT and facilitation, as well as a guide to writing reflections.

EiT compendium #

The EiT compendium is digital and in English. The compendium is a collection of texts whose aim is to provide a theoretical framework, and form a basis for reflections on group phenomena. The texts describe and discuss group dynamics from different perspectives, as well what is characteristic of, and what develops, effective groups.

Overview of the texts in the EiT compendium (pdf)

Video lecture about Group Psychology ABC #

We in the Section for EiT recommend that you watch the video lecture called Group Psychology ABC, with Turid Suzanne Berg-Nielsen. The lecture provides you with concepts and examples of typical group dynamic phenomena, which you can use when reflecting on the cooperation in your team.

Video lecture: Group Psychology ABC (in English and Norwegian)

Reference groups #

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 rules #

Attendance is obligatory in Experts in Teamwork. If you are absent for more than 20 % (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. 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 % 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 %, 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.

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 to get free guidance.

Link to the videos can be found here: How to sign up and Spark xEiT

The project is part of Engage Centre for Engage Education through Entrepreneurship

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