Expert in Teams at Faculty of Engineering, SDU

Experts in Teams at Faculty of
Engineering, SDU
Søren Jensen
Assistant professor
[email protected]
The DSMI education model
• Experts in Teams focus on:
– Interdiciplinary collaboration
– Innovation and entrepreneurship
Basic skills
Cross cultural collaboration
Innovation and
Aim with Experts in Teams
Experts in Teams
• You can choose among a number of Theme Islands
• Experts in Teams will focus on Collaboration,
Entrepreneurship and innovation
Other courses (20 ECTS )
Experts in Teams (10 ECTS)
Business plan on a product idea
developed by you and your Team
Report on collaborative learning
Report on technical
development, subgroup 1
Report on technical
development, subgroup 1
Report on technical
development, subgroup 1
Island no 3/Theme
Island supervisor
30 students in 5 – 6 Teams
Island no 1/Theme
Island supervisor
30 students in 5 – 6 Teams
Island no 2/Theme
Island supervisor
30 students in 5 – 6 Teams
Island no N/Theme
Island supervisor
30 students in 5 – 6 Teams
Autumn 2009: approx 200 students
Autumn 2010: expected 250 students
Island Organisation
Team 1 (5-7 students)
1 Island supervisor
2-3 Technical supervisors
• 5 - 6 teams on each Island
• 2 – 3 lines of study in each team
• Min. 2 students from the same line of study
• 1 Island supervisor (primarily collaboration and business plan)
• 1 technical supervisor per each study line represented in the team
• the technical supervisors are not linked to the Island, but to the
line of study
Learning activities through the
Recommended reading/Tools
Project supervision
Student-to-student teaching
Island Themes
The Healthy Life
The energy efficient house
Environmental products
Odense Let’s Play
3rd world products
Learning and living
Formula student
Project examples
Clay bricks with seashells incorporated
Biofuel terasse heater
Solar cell covered roof tile
Edutainment robotics
Building a flying robot
Pedagogic approach
• Problembased learning
– And the students create the problems them selfs !
• We give them a number of tools to work with. A.o.
– Collaborameter
– Belbin profile
– Team rules and collaboration contract (subjects to consider)
– Island presentation day
– Meeting an external expert
– Student-to-student teaching
• Supervision by both technical and
Business/collaboration supervisor
• Deliverables:
– A portfolio
– A coherent report on collaboration/business and
Aim: to have the students evaluate their
collaboration during the semester
1. Goal (aims and direction for the team work)
2. Results
3. Management (team coordination and management of
the teamwork)
4. Collaboration (social aspects)
5. Learning Culture (the team's ability to evaluate
Collaboration contract
Aim: to have the students set up common goals and
rules for the collaboration
Collaboration contract
When drafting a collaboration contract within your team consider as a
minimum the following questions:
• 1. Who should be included in the collaboration contract
• 2. Set up a number of team rules
• 3. Team coordinator/contact person
• 4. Agree on a work plan
• 5. How often will you reconsider the work plan and milestones
• 6. How do you make sure that the learning environment you create suit all
team members
• 7. What if a team member do not perform according to our agreements
Student-to-student teaching activities.
Aim: to have the students exercise knowledge transfer
In each Team it is required that each subgroup of students from the same
study program conduct a teaching session, within their area of expertise,
for the rest of the Team. The session should be documented as follows: a
small report (1-2 pages) with the following items are prepared and signed
by the audience part of the Team: Topic of the session. Evaluation of the
session, both relevance of the topic in relation to the Business idea and
planning and implementation of the session. The material used in the
session is enclosed. Each teaching session should bring the rest of your
Team up-to-level on a subject where you are expert. The topic of the
session should be relevant to the business idea your Team is working on.
Island presentation day
Aim: To have the students read critically and
understand another teams business plan
Name of the Business plan/Team
Name of the opponent team.
What are the Unique selling points of the product ?
What is the market potential – do they know their customers and competitors ? Is it realistic that they can
reach those customers ?
Is their business model reasonable ?
Team/organization. Do they have the competencies it takes to implement the business plan
Budget/financing. Is there correlation between the business plan – work plan – budget ?
Work plan. Does the work plan seem realistic ? Are there a number of well defined milestones ?
Where do you see the three main barriers for this project becoming a success ?
Learning objectives
• Business planning
• Collaboration
• Technical skills
• Aim is to prepare them even better for their
future work in a company.
Thanks to all my colleagues
• 6 Island supervisors
• Approx 20 Technical supervisors
• Administrativ staff

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