Winners of the first PROFFORMANCE International Higher Education Teacher Award
As part of the PROFFORMANCE final event, titled as "Spotlight on higher education teaching performance" the winners of the first International Higher Education Teacher Award and also the National Bests received their prize and certificate from Laura Sinóros-Szabó, the head of department of the Ministry of Culture and Innovation.
The purpose of this first international higher education teacher award is to identify, acknowledge and recognize excellent teaching practices and to provide opportunities not only for sharing and exchanging best examples, but also to encourage cooperation between the Higher Education Institutions of the European Higher Education Area.
For the award call, 126 high-quality applications from 6 PROFFORMANCE countries (Austria, Croatia, Czechia, Georgia, Hungary, Serbia) have been submitted in 4 categories (Student-centered course design, Innovative teaching and learning, Students’ learning assessment, Impact and mission with and for society). The applications were evaluated by an international jury consisting of independent experts of the field.
13 projects were selected for a prize out of which 11 received absolute prize, 6 have been the national bests among which 4 won both prizes. The best practises were presented in the afternoon parallel sections.
The winners and also all the 126 teaching excellence good practices are available in an online database: https://award.profformance.eu and participants of the team became member of the PROFFORMANCE network, which platform have been also launched at LinkedIn.
Get inspired and find your partners to your next project by browsing the Teaching Excellence Database! Furthermore we kindly invite you to join the PROFFORMANCE network.
Here you may find a list of awardees with photos and names of the project participants:
The presented course in electrical engineering supports peer-learning, open discussion culture, which helps to react to the different demands of the heterogeneous student structure. The best students are offered positions as study assistants, who form task forces to tackle different tasks related to teaching. EE at TU Graz stands out due to its very adequate usage of technology, there are lively discussions, teaching and learning on the anonymous platform Discord. Surveys proved that 85% of the students feel well prepared for the following courses and understand the fundamental content of the curriculum and the course’s failure rate has been decreased.
The project offers a medical history taking course in English with the involvement of simulated patients. The course offers a unique educational method combining co-teaching, case-based, simulation-based, experience-based and feedback-based approaches while focusing on the international students’ diverse needs. Education materials and patient profiles were developed jointly by linguists, communication instructors, psychologists and clinicians. Students improve patient-interviewing, problem-solving, and medical reporting skills. Students find themselves in life-like situations where they can learn and make mistakes without causing real harm which causes also a lower stress level.
The Global Case Study Challenge (GCSC) represents an innovative and high-impact, career-oriented teaching and learning virtual exchange project, providing teachers and students with intercultural and international experience. The students work on real-life business cases with a focus on corporate social responsibility, change management, corporate communication, merging organisational cultures, learning and development, human resources management and New Work. It also provides access to students with fewer opportunities. Each business case incorporates a corporate sustainable development goal component.
The proposal is based on a classroom research, which was implemented with study and control groups to investigate the use of Augmented Reality (AR) software to develop vocabulary, communication skills and the digital competence of students of learning foreign languages. It clearly sets out the background, purpose and scope of research. The most important value of the project is that it could lead to the elaboration of the methodology as well as the leading principals of using AR in language learning, which can have an influence on the development of language learning materials of the future.
The proposal describes the planning and development of a Massive Open Online Course on the basic usage of the MATLAB programming language, which contains continuous and automated assessment. Feedback is essentially obtained from both students and other teachers to further develop teaching methods. The students are expected to create problem sets for practice on their own. As one student states, this is a good example based on the well-structured practical knowledge, so students - become confident when solving any task in MATLAB.
The main asset of the project is the connection of public, private, and NGO sectors and linking theoretical knowledge to practice in sport science, which directly impacts the community and contributes to a higher quality of education. ICT technology is integrated in the educational process, including assessment and research. The project also covers all horizontal aspects. The outputs are tangible and well described, and the impact is align with the goals of the European Higher Education Area. The project is also self-sustainable and well promoted.
The proposal describes a project on the collaborative working of teachers and students on school-related real-life challenges. By using design-based research the students try to devise a theory-driven plan to tackle the challenge and thereby deliver a service of immediate value to the teacher. The most important values of the project are the usage of very different, didactic, thoughtfully combined tools and the improved methodology, such as using gamification, coaching model or collaborative solving of real-life problems. It is also to highlight, that the learning environment is continuously updated based on student feedback (qualitative interviews and surveys).
The e-Learning project aimed at developing digital competencies for innovation culture. The innovation was implemented along the methodology of "research - knowledge - teaching - creativity - innovation - science - society". The method centres around the student, who is assigned the triple roles of researcher, innovator and lecturer. Extended Reality was used to develop students' motivation to apply active learning. During the implementation process the didactic principles of constructivist learning, situational learning, game-based learning, as well as research-based and collaborative learning were applied. The method lends itself to distance learning, virtual classroom and hybrid teaching contexts.
The project deals with the application of the service-learning concept in designing and implementing several elective courses, to provide students with a valuable real-life teaching practice. In the new learning environment, students provide education for migrant/refugee children meeting the specific needs of this multicultural/multilingual vulnerable group. It combines formal instruction with the corresponding service activity in the community, where the students gain further understanding of the course content and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility, through direct application of what they study in appropriate social contexts.
This STEM good practice refers to the ADRIA Internship Programme complying with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. A very well described and justified proposal presents a well-transferrable internship mobility tool solution for enhancing smooth and transparent matching of best-suited students and organisations. A visually attractive platform connects the academic and business sector and is available in English. The whole project is well anchored in theory, despite its narrow focus it seems to be easily transferrable and is also well promoted via numerous channels. It will help students to become employed in the industry after their graduation.
- TeachingClinic: Meaningful Engagement Through Service-Learning
- Implementation of Non-Government Organisations (NGO) as Teaching Basis in High Education and Research
- Electronic exercise book of organic chemistry
The project responds to creating an electronic environment to practice teaching chemistry at university. It describes the method of developing the exercise book, combining the result of a programmer, a chemist, and the use of ready-made packages. The authors claim that the system is generally easy to implement wherever chemistry is taught at university. It shows that even a logocentric approach to learning can be valuable and useful for students and the quality of education.