Teaching Skills Across Disciplines – An Experience Report

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Abstract

In the knowledge society, it is particularly important for professionals and managers to respond flexibly to changes and to be able to form cross-disciplinary networks. The European reference framework defined eight key competences for the purpose of lifelong learning. Special attention is given here to the multi- and interdisciplinary approach. The University of Wismar has, since 2009, developed and tested their model of an interdisciplinary Student research and development team. These teams consist of students from various disciplines who work together on an innovative product or service idea. The ideas always come from a regional company which also handles the technical support for the student team. In the triangle of research, teaching and innovation, cooperation with the local economy is of particular importance. The following paper is intended to highlight important aspects of the combination of innovative ideas from business and creative know-how from the university and to present the initial results.

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