Teaching Can Achieve More: Innovation in Teaching and Funding Programs

Funding programs for teaching

Participating in third-party funded programs for teaching opens up opportunities for improvements in the quality of teaching and study conditions. There are also a number of internal funding options to develop teaching and create more student-centered, project-based courses.

Internal funding options

Study reform projects

Start-up finding is available for projects aimed at achieving sustainable improvements to degree programs. Funding is provided for the concept and development phase of a project and, depending on the goal, can be used to fund research associates, student assistants, or equipment. Funding is not available for the long-term implementation of a project.

Project labs

Students looking to start their own teaching projects might want to consider the project labs for social and ecological thinking and action. These project labs are a chance for student project tutors to work with other students from all semesters and programs to independently develop a deeper understanding of topics in a practice-based context. Expert guidance is provided by professors, while the Center for Scientific Continuing Education and Cooperation’s “kubus” science shop offers interdisciplinary support and assistance with applications for projects. Applications for project labs are reviewed and approved by the Teaching Committee.

Prize for Outstanding Teaching

Each year, the Society of Friends of Technische Universität Berlin awards the Prize for Outstanding Teaching. The prize is awarded for different aspects of courses and the recipient receives 4,000 euros to help develop their teaching.

Contact for funding programs

The Strategic Teaching Development (SC L) team is the central point of contact for all issues relating to third-party funded programs for teaching as well as internal funding options:

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Finding inspiration

Technische Universität Berlin has a number of different offers for anyone looking to share their experiences and acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to develop their ideas for effective teaching and learning scenarios. The right models and examples are often important when looking to explore new paths in teaching. This might include re-designing whole courses to incorporate new methods and media or adapting individual elements of your teaching.

The tu wimi plus teaching projects, funded between 2017 and 2020 as part of the Quality Pact for Teaching, provide interesting insights into innovative teaching projects.

The video series “Time to talk! About teaching and learning!” looks at different aspects of good teaching. Members of the University discuss Technische Universität Berlin as a place of teaching and learning and examine the crucial question: “What is good teaching?”

Teaching lies at the core of everyday university life. The “Teaching is…” campaign shines a light on teachers and those involved in teaching and tells their stories.

Additionally, teaching innovations are regularly presented and discussed in various discussion initiatives and platforms at Technische Universität Berlin. A blog dedicated to digital teaching at Technische Universität Berlin provides examples of successful teaching scenarios. The Center for Scientific Continuing Education and Cooperation and the Berlin Center for Higher Education offer continuing education courses focusing on the basics and advanced skills of teaching.