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Innovative Teaching Award 2019

November 6, 2019

Innovative teaching concepts rank very highly at FHWien der WKW, the University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication. The “Innovative Teaching Award” honors these concepts. This year’s prize was awarded on Monday November 4, 2019.

Six jury members moderated by the Chair of the Academic Board, Beate Huber, assessed and evaluated ten submissions according to the following criteria:

  • degree of innovation,
  • student-centered approach,
  • self-directed learning and
  • competence orientation.

The quality of all submissions was very impressive and therefore selecting the winners was by no means easy for the jury.

Category “E-Learning”

The “E-learning” category was awarded to Barbara COVARRUBIAS VENEGAS and the „Organization & Culture – Organizational Culture & Intercultural Management“ project.

Her “International Management” course is a cooperation between one Argentinian and three Austrian universities. Students from both countries work together solving international case studies. The submission convinced the jury because of its international approach and its real life conditions. It forces self-directed learning and is very relevant for our global economy. The project’s extremely strong level of commitment and the practical implementation of the project impressed the jury.

Category „Concept for an entire module“

The „Concept for an entire module“ category went to Sarah ERTL-PILLHOFER for her Conflict Management and Mediation project.

The project promotes personality development, not only on a cognitive or emotional level but also and especially on a behavioral level. The submission convinced the jury due to the variety of methods used – it was a real firework of activities. It shows how activity-oriented approaches can promote the development of competencies and that learning can be joyful.

Category „Innovative elements“

The “Innovative elements” category was awarded to Christoph HAUDEK, Ilona PEZENKA und Marina PREM for their “Sales Management” project.

This project is ground-breaking in its use of biometrical feedback and artificial intelligence algorithms within a “Sales Management” course. Students perform a role-play and receive immediate feedback on their performance. The combination of theoretical knowledge and behavior opens up a new way of learning.


Many thanks to all colleagues for submitting their projects and many congratulations to the 2019 winners!