As the multidimensional knowledge integration lies at the heart of the TISE program, it manifests itself in several points during the course of TISE and is embedded within the following innovative program features:
Transdisciplinary Field Research Training (TFRT)
TFRT comprises a central and innovative part of the TISE curriculum. It runs parallel to the regular coursework from the third semester to the fourth, is chaperoned collaboratively by all consortium partners and takes place within newly developed Experimental Learning Spaces.
Transdisciplinarity, in its essence, aims at the generation of “socially robust knowledge” (Gibbons and Nowotny 2001; Häberli et al. 2001; Nowotny 1993) by multidimensional knowledge integration when dealing with complex and societally relevant problems in a mutual learning process between science and key stakeholders from practice (Scholz and Steiner 2015).
Experimental Learning Spaces
These spaces are a collaborative infrastructure, in which transdisciplinary teams from university and practice (e.g. students, teachers, mentors, practitioners, scientists) experiment with the help of digital and analogue tools (including adaptive and simulation-based learning, augmented and virtual reality, digital playful learning and edutainment, inverted classrooms, digitally extended makerspaces, digital planning tools, feedback digitization). In the process, they collaboratively develop portfolios of institutionally or organizationally relevant transdisciplinary project plans achieved through interuniversity cooperation and between science and society that can contribute to challenges associated with SDGs.
For the integration of knowledge of the different views, disciplines, subjects and methods, several further innovative measures have been put into place:
- The Student Conferences: refer to events consisting of clearly defined time periods (three weeks) at the beginning of the first semester (commencement weeks) and at the end of the second, third, and fourth semester (final presentation weeks.) They are part of the continuously proceeding cross-disciplinary knowledge integration. In particular their goal is related to: (1) Working in heterogeneous, diverse teams on problem solving strategies; (2) Fostering science to practice transfer through applying knowledge in simulation exercises and management games and in specialized hands on workshops; (3) Gaining additional skills and competences through extra coursework (co-creative methods, design thinking, design for transition towards a sustainable future); (4) Training intercultural competencies; (5) Presenting results in a conference setting to heterogeneous audiences.
- Team teaching and state of the art didactical methods: All consortium members teach in all locations in order to create a continuous cross-referencing system, linking and interrelating the different disciplines serving the purpose of integration. Furthermore, TISE relies on the use of state of the art didactical methods that reach from game based learning to different forms of simulation to movie education, or inverted classrooms, and digitally extended makerspaces.
In addition to the above, associated partner Scuola del Design/Politecnico Milano (Poli.Design, I) will provide courses in design as creative methodologies to the program. In particular, this coursework will center on Design for Sustainability and more precisely on Design for Transition towards a Sustainable Future, starting at the beginning of the program, during the SC/commencement week. The specific modules are centered on Design for Transition and take into account the program of the other partners, but also focus on the evolving nature of design in light of the uncertainty. It will provide a basis on design thinking methods and adapt them to the themes of future instability and complexity management