Collaboration is a very important twenty-first century skill that our students will certainly need after completing their studies. For that reason, students work together frequently during a module. This applies to both the project and the other module units. Together, the students have to ensure that – by the end of the module – they all have sufficient knowledge of all aspects of the project or the assignment on which they collaborated. This means that they can also be tested individually on the material.
A strong method of learning is explaining something to each other. Even – or perhaps especially – students who already have a firm understanding of the material can learn a lot from this. Another important resource that enables students to learn from one another is giving feedback to each other. The feedback can be about the project the students are working on. Are the calculations correct? Does everybody have a proper grasp of the theory? Feedback can also be about the process, for example when the project group feels that one or more group members are not working as hard as the others. Intensive and expert tutoring ensures that students are constructive in learning and collaborating and that they e.g. learn how to give and receive feedback about their behaviour in a professional manner.
An important goal of TOM is to develop a T-shaped professional. It is therefore recommended that students from different bachelor’s programmes work together as part of a project team on several occasions. In module 7, students of Technische Bedrijfskunde (Industrial Engineering Management) and students of Business & IT work together on setting up their own business. The knowledge of the TBK students is necessary to set up the company, while the programming skills of the BIT students are needed to launch the online side of the business. Read more about this module in My TOM.