Experts in Teamwork

Experts in Teamwork - for village supervisors

Here you can find an overview of work tasks, seminars and important dates for you as a village supervisor in Experts in Teamwork.

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Information about EiT villages 2021  #

This website will be updated with the latest information. Village supervisors will also receive important information by email.
If you have any questions, please contact EiT's Academic Section:

Start date  #

The intensive villages start on Monday 11 January 2021, and the semester-based villages start on Wednesday 13 January 2021.
See also the list of important dates for intensive and semester based villages.  

Resources for virtual fasilitation / virtual village supervision  #

Blackboard guide  #

Blackboard Collaborate is the recommended tool for digital villages. At Innsida, you find a Guide to Blackboard Collaborate and other information about Blackboard. 

Digital resource bank #

We have made a “BOX of Resources", with resources for implementing a digital EiT village. Below you find the content in the BOX. A lot has already been added, and the rest will follow soon.  

Technical support – teaching videos: 

  • Introduction to Blackboard for EiT (Norwegian only) 
  • Virtual fasilitation (Norwegian only) 
  • Digital teaching in Blackboard Collaborate (Norwegian only) 
  • How to use Blackboard Collaborate for video conferences 
  • Videos for starting up in Blackboard  
  • How to create a Blackboard room for the village 

Exercises from the EiT-book, translated to a virtual context: 

  • Structured mingling  
  • Spontaneous quiz - incl. Living Maps 
  • Brainstorming 
  • Competence Triangle  
  • Cooperation agreement  
  • Check-in/Checkout 
  • Team reflection  
  • SITRA exercise  
  • Take space, make space  
  • Two plus one  
  • Café Dialogue  
  • SWOT analysis  

Support at the start of the digital village: 

  • Technical Roll Call - a new exercise 
  • Digital Tool Assessment: assessing digital platforms 
  • Suggestions on how to structure a digital village day  
  • Suggestions for a detailed plan of the digital village days 1 og 2 (a digital translation of the village plan in the EiT-book, pp. 63–88) 
  • Powerpoint-presentations for the digital village days 1 og 2 


Teaching material  #

In addition to the resources mentioned above, the following are important recources for teaching EiT: 

  • Handbook for village supervisors and learning assistants in Experts in Teamwork («the EiT-book») 
    The EiT-book is only for village supervisors and learning assistants. A digital version will be made available on Blackboard in early January 2021.
  • The Book of Reflections 2021
    The Book of Reflections is for both the students, village supervisors and learning assistants. A digital version will be made available on Blackboard in early January 2021. 
  • EiT compendium 
    The compendium is for the students, and will be made available on Blackboard mid-December. 
  • Guide for students in Experts in Teamwork 
    This guide is for the students, and is available on Blackboard and on the website for EiT students.  
  • Powerpoint-slides for use in the village
    The slides are for village supervisors and learning assistants, and are available on Blackboard. 
  • Online course
    The online course that already is available for village supervisors and learning assistants (English version pending), will be made available on Blackboard. A student version of the online course will be made available on Blackboard in early January 2021. 
  • Other material on Blackboard 
    On Blackboard, you will also find material about assessment and grading, fasilitation, writing reflections, the student survey (which takes place at village day  4, 9 and 14) and the teamwork indicator. This information is located in the folder “For LL & LA”, which the village supervisor can choose to hide from the students in Blackboard (and we recommend that you do so). 

Student distribution and student invitations  #

The student lists are ready, and your department will extract the student lists from FS which will show the student’s study program. Your student list will also show in your course room on Blackboard, and on Studweb, the students are able to see which village they belong to. 

Before the Christmas break, you shall send an email to your students and invite them to the first village day and tell them where and when to show up. In this email, you have to make your students aware of what kind of equipment is required for digital attendance (PC with camera and microphone, and a stabile internet connection). You should also ask for response from the students who are planning to go on an exchange semester. This might be useful information when you assemble the student groups.  

Student attendance  #

It is mandatory to attend Experts in teamwork, and students must be present at least 80 percent of the time. At the start of physical gatherings in February, however, we will have to lower the requirement for physical presence. Students who have symptoms of a respiratory infection or who are in quarantine must stay at home, but the village leader must also arrange for digital participation if the students are in shape for it. Otherwise, ordinary attendance rules apply. 

Assessment and grading  #

What is given in the course description for Experts in teamwork (Norwegian only) will not be changed. It is therefore not possible e.g. to change the form of assessment to pass/fail. 

Village leaders who were in the same group at the digital two-day seminar will, with some exceptions, evaluate the student groups' project reports together. An overview of assessment partners will be sent out by email. 

Read more about assessment and grading in the EiT book pp. 167-178. 

Technical assistance  #

The facilitator teams will plan and carry out the teaching in the village together. It is important to emphasize that the learning assistants should not be given the task as technical assistants when the course is run digitally, and thus exempt the village leader from leading the village. If necessary, you must train each other. It is a prerequisite that the division of labor and responsibility in the facilitator team is maintained as described in the EiT book (pp. 17-19) also for a digital village implementation. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Academic section in EiT:

If you have technical questions about Blackboard or need technical assistance, contact Orakel Support Services

What is my responsibility as a village supervisor? #

Your responsibility as a village supervisor is to support the students in an EiT village, so that they can develop teamwork skills, and practice communicating and applying their academic expertise.

This requires you to plan and go through with the village days in cooperation with the learning assistants, and to ensure that you use EiT’s experience-based teaching method.

The village supervisor has to work both in the autumn semester (preparation) and in the spring semester (during the actual village days).

What are my tasks as a village supervisor? #

  • familiarize yourself with the course description (pdf)
  • develop a village theme and a web presentation that attracts students from across disciplines (see how to create a web presentation below)
  • participate in courses and seminars that help develop you as a village supervisor (see table below)
  • establish and coordinate cooperation with the working life
  • familiarize yourself with the attendance rules for the students, and take attendance (see attendance rules on the web site for students)
  • plan and go through with the village days in cooperation with the learning assistants
  • be a discussion partner for the learning assistants in their effort in facilitating the group processes
  • lead and be present in the village, arrange for and guide the student groups
  • inform the students about the learning material (see overview at the web site for students)
  • provide feedback on submitted work during the semester / intensive period
  • support the implementation of the student survey
  • conduct oral presentations for projects, as well as dialogues about the teamwork
  • hold reference group meetings, and ensure that a form is completed (EiT reference group report) (see procedure below)
  • write a course report and distribute it to current students enrolled in the course, the Head of Department, the Head of EiT and the Head(s) of the Study Programme (see procedure below)

In sum, the village supervisor's most important task is to support the students in an EiT village, so that they can develop teamwork skills, and practice communicating and applying their academic expertise.

What is the estimated workload? #

The total workload is 240 hours. Village supervisors spend approximately 80 hours on preparation in the autumn, and approximately 160 hours with the village and grading students in spring.

Activities autumn 2020 #

Latest 1 Sept.Deadline: Web presentation of your village must be sent to the faculty contact person. Will be published 1st of October.
Sept./Oct.Start-up meeting for new village supervisorsTrondheim: 30. Sept. kl. 14.15-16.00. Room JC23, Moholt
Ålesund: TBA.
Gjøvik: TBA
12. - 23. Nov.Two-day seminar : Facilitation and group interaction. Teambuilding of facilitatorteams. Because of the corona situation, this year's seminar will consist of one day face to face interaction, and a half day digital seminar. You will get an email with a registration form.Day 1: 08.30-16.00.
Day 2: 08.30-11.30.
Room: Scandic Lerkendal, Trondheim
26 Nov.Project Design in Practice. Focus on student projects and project development.Time: 12.00-14.00 Room: Webinar
From 30. Nov.Online course on learning design and group dynamics: for village supervisors and learning assistants. Focus on theory on learning, group dynamics, facilitation, student projects and project development.Online course opens 30. Nov. You will get an email with the link.
2 Dec.Grading workshop: Testing of grading criteria.2. Dec., 12.00-14.00. Digital workshop in English.
3. Dec.Workshop on virtual learning environment in EiT: Advice on how digital village days can be implemented, introduction of digital resources, sharing experiences from last year's VEiT villages and discussion.3. Dec., 13.00-15.00. Digital workshop. Invitation was sent in Outlook 09. Nov.
13 Dec.You send an invitation/welcome message by e-mail or in Blackboard to the students in your village

Follow the links in the table for more information about each event/deadline.

What is contained in the web description of the village? #

Each village is presented on the Experts in Teamwork web page in the autumn semester. This presentation is what helps the students choose their village.

The web presentation is consequently one of the most important tools in recruiting students to the village, and it is your responsibility as village supervisor.

How do I proceed? #

You have to fill out a template for the web presentation of your village (.docx). You then send this document to your EiT contact person at your faculty, who ensures that it is published online (see contact details here). Deadline for submission of the presentation to the faculty contact person is 1 September.

The web presentations are published 1 October, and the students’ deadline to decide which villages they want to join is 1 November.

Filling out the template #

The template has been created to standardize the process of writing and publishing the web presentations. The reasons for this are that a standard template makes it easier for the students to compare villages, and to streamline the publishing process.

Creating a village title #

The title is important! The first thing that students see is a list of all the titles (approximately 80). Clicking on the titles opens a new page with the information about the village. So if you don't have an interesting title, students may not even open your presentation at all.

One of the aims in EiT is that students should have the experience of working with students from other disciplines. That means your village title needs to be attractive to students from a number of academic disciplines, and should be free of specialized terminology. The village title should also be short, and invite students to read more about your village.

A brief introduction of about 100 words #

Underneath the village title, you have about 100 words to describe the theme for the project work in the village. This text is intended to give the student a brief overview of the possibilities offered by the village, so that they can see how they could put their own academic expertise to work. To attract a lot of students, you probably want to explain why or how your village is interdisiplinary.

Relevant expertise #

Interdisciplinarity is extremely important, so you should state clearly what kind of interdisciplinarity is relevant to your village. By being specific and describing relevant disciplines and skills, you are more likely to reach your target audience. Don't lose sight of the fact that interdisciplinarity is the goal, however. Ultimately, the students themselves have to create their own projects, based on the expertise found in the team, and the limits set by the village theme.

Additional information about the village #

This is the place where you can provide more information about the village, for those who might want to apply to it:

  • More background information about the village and the village theme
  • Potential external partners from business, research groups, conferences, links to web pages or other sources of information that may add information about the theme.
  • Opportunities to work on exciting projects
  • Expectations of the students in the village
  • Examples of research questions the student groups may use as a starting point
Using images #

Your presentation will be better if you have good images. If you have an image you would like to include in your presentation, send it to your faculty contact person. You can also specify in the template you fill out where you would like the image to be placed (e.g. “I would like my image to be placed underneath the introduction”).

Keep in mind permissions and rights regarding images, and that the photographer must be given credit.

Presentation samples #

Here are some examples, in Norwegian, of how to fill out the template, and what the presentation will look like when it is published. Please note that these presentation samples are not actual presentations from previous years.

Teaching resources #

  • The EiT book (only for the village supervisor (LL) and learning assistant (LA))
  • Book of Reflections (LA, LL and students)

Blackboard  #

  • The compendium (students)
  • Guide for students (students)
  • PowerPoint slides for use in the village (LL and LA)
  • Online course and material from the training in autumn (LL and LA)
  • General information, about assessment and grading, facilitation, writing reflections, the student survey (conducted on day 4, 9 and 14) and the teamwork indicator (LL and LA)
  • Resources for support in virtual facilitation and virtual village management

The Academic Section at or (for LAs)

Online course on learning design and group dynamics #

Together with the learning assistants, you will facilitate students’ learning of interdisciplinary collaboration. This online course provides an introduction to key concepts in EiT's learning design. The course includes the following topics that can be viewed independently:  

  • Student active learning 
  • Student projects and project development 
  • Facilitation as a teaching method 
  • Group dynamics 

Seminar Project design in Practice #

This seminar builds further on theory about student projects and project development that is provided as part of EiT’s online course part I.  

The seminar gives the opportunity to: 

  • discuss more in-depth on the topic of EiT student projects and project development​​ 
  • try out exercises that focus on project and project development​​ 
  • share experiences and ideas with other EiT village supervisors​ 
  • ask questions to the EiT management staff and participants​​ 

The two-day seminar for village supervisors and learning assistants #

Seminar aims:

  • Become coordinated as facilitation team (village supervisor and learning assistants)
  • Provide experience with experiential learning, which is the students' form of learning in the course
  • Develop awareness and skills to work with, and in, groups
  • Gain increased insight in the learning tools and learning aims of EiT
  • Learn from each other through exchange of experience

The two-day seminar is obligatory, and a contribution to you as a village supervisor in planning for the course. This is where you both meet and get to know your two learning assistants, who are your closest assistants in the village. You also get to know other village supervisors, both inexperienced ones, as well as those who have experience from previous years. These could turn out to be important colleagues to turn to for support. The content and form of the seminar will also help you in further specific course planning and how to start the course.

Organization of the teaching staff

A village supervisor and two learning assistants make up a unit called a facilitation team. The facilitation team plan and lead a village together.
Each facilitation team is assisted by one to two teaching assistants who have follow-up responsibility for six to eight facilitation teams throughout the spring semester. The teaching assistants that assists the facilitation team at the 2D seminar will not necessarily be the same as the one that assists the facilitation team in the spring semester.

Activities during the seminar

Due to the corona situation, this year's 2D groups will consist of two facilitator teams. The seminar alternates between exercises and discussions in the 2D groups, as well as presentations and summaries in plenary led by the course management. This exchange of experience forms the basis for reflection and learning at the seminar and forms an important part of the preparations for EiT.
The participants get to know each other through exercises and tasks that are relevant to the work that is carried out in the villages.
The teaching assistants observe and give input on the interaction in the groups. Their most important task is to mobilize the resources in the groups. The intention is that the village supervisors and learning assistants become more conscious about the teaching methods they will use on the student groups in their own village.

The Two-day seminar is based on the Theory seminar.

Reference group and reference group meeting #

In all villages, feedback must be obtained from the students through reference groups, according to NTNU’s system for quality assurance of education.

The village supervisor is responsible for creating a reference group in the village. A representative for each student team and the village supervisor must participate. In addition, the learning assistants, the teaching assistant, a representative from the department/faculty and a representative from the EiT Section are invited to participate.

The reference group must submit proposals for measures to improve students’ learning outcomes in EiT.

At least one reference group meeting must be held during the semester or intensive period. After the reference group meeting, the village supervisor is responsible for ensuring that a reference group report is completed and published. You can find more information here.

Evaluation of the course (village) and writing a course report #

As course coordinator you should evaluate your course (village) and your evaluations should be presented in a course report. You may read more about quality assurance of the education at NTNU, course evaluation for course coordinator and course reports elsewhere.

Contact #

Contact information for the faculties and the Section for EiT.

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