BTU awards two prizes for excellent teaching in 2021

The 2021 Teaching Award will be presented to two modules this year. Both bridge the gap between the university and the working world in an innovative and excellent way. The jury agreed on this.

Prof. Peer Schmidt, Vice President for Studies and Teaching at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus-Senftenberg, presented the 2021 teaching awards, worth a total of 5,000 euros, as part of the "Teaching Day" on November 10, 2022.

Prof. Peer Schmidt says: "The prize, which we have awarded annually since 2009, recognizes novel and innovative teaching concepts and, above all, learning opportunities tailored to the needs of students. It is very important to us that such examples of good teaching practice become known beyond the disciplines and serve as a creative incentive. This year, we have selected two outstanding modules that stand out in particular for their interweaving of theory and professional practice."

The module "Key qualifications for everyday professional life" by Prof. Dr. Christine Hipp, Dr. Jadranka Halilović and Dr. Christin Hoffmann at the Chair of ABWL, in particular Organization and Corporate Management, which is part of the interdisciplinary studies (FÜS), was convincing in that the students develop a start-up idea in a team and produce an exemplary prototype for this in the CreativeOpenLab (COLab).

In the module "Berufsfeldseminar" of Dr. Alexander Bremer and Erik Halm at the Department of Therapy Sciences I, the deepening of knowledge is ensured in the concrete practical application within the internship phase, i.e. in the link between the university and the professional learning environment.

About the selection process The implementation of both concepts impressed the teaching award jury equally. The decision was made to award two teaching prizes. A total of 16 modules from the BTU were submitted for this year's teaching award. After receiving the proposals, eight concepts were selected. The teachers concerned were asked to present and explain their teaching concept for the nominated module to a jury in a university-public setting. Following the presentation, the jury, which consisted of six students and five teachers or scientists from the university's various faculties, made its decision.


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Vice President for Studies and Teaching Prof. Peer Schmidt presented the teaching awards on Teaching Day (Photo: Kenneth Marter)
A teaching award went to the module of (from left to right) Prof. Christiane Hipp, Dr Christin Hoffmann and Dr Jadranka Halilovic (Photo: Kenneth Marter)
Erik Halm (left) and Dr Alexander Bremer also received the teaching award for the module "Professional Field Seminar" (Photo: Kenneth Marter)
Other outstanding courses were recognised for the first time with Runner-Up awards. (Photo: Kenneth Marter)
The Teaching Day and the awarding of the teaching prizes provided the perfect setting for the presentation of a total of six STEM women's scholarships. Group picture of the scholarship holders and representatives of the selection committee (Photo: Kenneth Marter)