Best Teaching Awards 2021 for TU Wien Informatics
Despite obstacles due to the Corona crisis, our faculty’s lecturers maintain excellent teaching and were honored for their special commitment.
On Thursday, October 7, the Best Teaching Awards of TU Wien were presented for the fourth time. For each faculty, both the best teachers and the best distance learning courses were honored. The nominations came directly from the students.
The “Best Teacher Award” (one per faculty) went to Sebastian Hofstätter from our Research Unit E-Commerce. As “Best Distance Learning” courses, 14 TUW courses were shortlisted and, finally, two courses from our faculty were awarded: “Hardware Modeling” run by Florian Huemer, Jürgen Maier, and Andreas Steininger from the Research Unit Embedded Computing Systems, and “Advanced Information Retrieval” by our best teacher’21 Sebastian Hofstätter.
Congratulation to all winners, and special thanks to all our students for their nominations and their active participation in our courses and lectures.
Commitment in Teaching
The “Best Teacher Award” honors particularly committed teachers at the TU Wien. The award does not refer to an individual course, but to the entire teaching performance of the lecturer. The “Best Distance Learning Award” was introduced due to COVID-19 and replaces the previous “Best Lecture Award”. The award is given to courses in which the implementation in distance learning has been particularly successful.
Each semester, almost 30,000 students are supervised in more than 2,100 courses at the TU Wien. Lecturers produce a remarkable performance, which is the basis for the excellent reputation and worldwide success of TU Wien graduates. The abrupt switch to distance learning—caused by COVID-19—was an additional challenge for both teachers and students.
The aim of the Best Teaching Awards is to put committed teachers in the spotlight and thus to honor their special commitment. “What is important in teaching is not only what is taught, but especially how it is done. And this is also how the trophy is to be understood: The owl embodies the wisdom that is more in demand now than ever before,” summarizes Kurt Matyas, Vice Rector Academic Affairs.