InKo: Interdiciplinary Competency - Speaker project in Research Training Group 1126

(Soft-tissue Surgery: New Computer-based Methods for the Future Workplace)

Project InKo takes place in the context of the speaker project “Method development for interdisciplinary education“ in the research training group 1126. The aim of this research training group is the interdisciplinary development and clinical implementation of new computer-aided methods in soft tissue surgery. Each interdisciplinary team consisting of a medical and a technical doctorate student works on an innovative project in the fields of planning of surgical interventions, navigation, telemanipulation and in the man-machine interface. Besides, a special focus is on teaching key competencies which are essential in work life.

The so called speaker project is embedded in the doctoral program. The central idea of this project is to evaluate and to further develop the quality of interdisciplinary teaching. To determine the success of teaching and learning in the research training group a combination of summative and formative evaluation methods will be used.

The long term aim of this project is to build up an empirical database to improve teaching quality in the interdisciplinary field. Besides the investigation of biomedical competencies by interviewing several biomedical experts to ensure the alignment of teaching on requirements of the economy, especially the interdisciplinary research approach is going to be examined. Which competencies are necessary for a successful interdisciplinary collaboration and how could these be developed or promoted?

After investigating and modelling functional competences in recent project progression now the main topic of InKo is the examination of the interdisciplinary research approach. Today interdisciplinary collaboration is a huge priority not only in universities and research funding, but in occupational life. Yet, a teaching concept is missing which promotes systematically the ability for collaborating interdisciplinary. Current aim is to build up a competence model for “interdisciplinary competency”. By interviewing interdisciplinary working people, competences are going to be surveyed which are necessary to cooperate and communicate effectively across scientific disciplines. In a second step an advance program for training these special competences will be developed. The concept is going to be evaluated using a larger sample, focussing on how it could be integrated in post gradual education. Implementation of a training for “interdisciplinarity as key competence” is the long-term aim of research.

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