The calls for proposals from the “Innovation in der Hochschullehre” foundation will open up possibilities for the strategic development of teaching at Technische Universität Berlin. The first call focuses on strengthening university teaching through digitalization, with further calls on other topics set to follow.
The program is the successor to the Quality Pact for Teaching initiative, which set in motion a discernible cultural shift in teaching at the University and helped initiate groundbreaking projects. These included the introduction of the MINTgrün pre-study orientation program as well as the development of support structures for digital teaching, and mentoring programs for students. The Quality Pact for Teaching was also instrumental in setting up subject didactic continuing education programs for tutors, strengthening student teaching initiatives, and establishing events and image campaigns to increase opportunities to share experiences and raise the profile of teaching.
The Berlin Quality and Innovation Offensive (QIO) is a program run by the federal state of Berlin and forms a key element of the “Zukunftsvertrag Studium und Lehre stärken” agreement between the federal government and the federal states to strengthen academics and teaching through the long-term funding of universities. During the second funding phase (2021-2024), support is provided for measures undertaken at universities in the areas of expert staff recruitment and retention, teaching quality, accessibility, and digitalization and innovation.
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.
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.
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.
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.