Award winner Lehreplus! 2022

The quality of the submissions was exceptionally high, it was a very close decision and finally the jury chose the submission "Collaborative Digital Task Design for Foreign Language Teaching" by the team of Katrin Schmiderer with Carmen Konzett-Firth, Elisa Guggenbichler and Nicola Brocca.

Lehreplus! 2022 Sieger:innen

Collaborative Digital Task Design for Foreign Language Teaching

Katrin Schmiderer


Carmen Konzett-Firth (project leader of the Erasmus+ project),
Elisa Guggenbichler (Erasmus+ project collaborator),
Nicola Brocca (staff member of the Erasmus+ project)

The jury particularly appreciated the international cooperation and the exchange with other students. The course promotes digital competencies, offered the opportunity to participate in a conference and thus provided insight into the work of the scientific community. The course is a best-practice example of Virtual Exchange and the promotion of language learning (OER).

Award ceremony

The Lehreplus! Prize 2022 was awarded on November 18, 2022 by Vice Rector Bernhard Fügenschuh. Gerhard Pisek as spokesman of the deans of studies presented the criteria for the competition and took a brief look back at past awards ceremonies. During the award ceremony, not only were the teaching concepts of the shortlisted submissions honored, Markus Koschuh dared to take a humorous and entertaining look at university activities for us. Finally, Katrin Schmiderer and Carmen Konzett-Firth presented the winning concept in detail on behalf of their team.

Preisverleihung Gruppenbild   Preisverleihung Bernhard Fügenschuh   Preisverleihung Gerhard Pisek   Preisverleihung Markus Koschuh

Photos: Christian Wucherer

Short portraits of the submissions Lehreplus! 2022 

Here you can find the short portraits of the submissions 2022.



Procedure and information about the call for submissions Lehreplus! 2022

The „Lehreplus! award, which has been in existence since 2008, honors outstanding initiatives within the framework of regular teaching.

This year's call for submissions for the Lehreplus! Award 2022 was dedicated to Aurora's teaching development. As a member of the European university network Aurora, the University of Innsbruck has set itself the goal of equipping students with those competencies and with that scientifically sound basic attitude that is needed to cope with major societal challenges. The contribution of university education plays a significant role in this context.

In addition, the goal was to invite female teachers in particular to submit proposals in the 2021/22 academic year. All course formats are eligible, explicitly also those with a high number of participants. All submissions were submitted to the jury in anonymous form in order to ensure equal treatment.

The following aspects of the teaching concepts are particularly appreciated:

  • The teaching of general skills (non-subject related skills)
  • The thematization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Agenda 2030 in the course

To address a potential gender bias in the competition, four measures were taken in advance:

Submission questionnaire and timeline

In addition to general course information, the call for submissions includes a total of five categories:

  • Short descriptions
  • General description and objective
  • Competence development and research orientation
  • Student-centeredness and added value
  • Didactics and performance assessment

The first category "short descriptions" is limited to 300 characters each and serves as a quick orientation for the jury in the final selection. In all other categories, the course can be described more extensively. This information was structured, prepared and evaluated by a pre-jury.

The questionnaire can be viewed here in advance as a Word document: Questionnaire Teachingplus! 2022

The submission and award process followed this schedule:

  • Start of call for proposals: November 25, 2021
  • End of submission period: March 31, 2022
  • Structuring and screening by a preliminary jury: May 2022
  • Student survey: September 2022
  • Jury meeting (final selection): October 2022
  • Award ceremony with festive event: November 18, 2022

All courses for the winter semester 2021/22 or summer semester 2022 could be submitted from December 2021 until March 31, 2022 at the latest. There were 30 complete submissions received. These included 22 female lecturers, 8 male lecturers and 12 team submissions.

Shortlisting by the pre-jury

All submissions were first screened and ranked by two randomly selected members of an eight-person pre-jury in July 2022. First ranked concepts receive three points, second ranked two points and third ranked accordingly one point (as well as ex-aequo second ranked entries). Concepts are shortlisted if they have been highlighted with at least three points and by two people. This resulted in a shortlist of ten submissions that were presented to the jury in October 2022. In the shortlist, the pre-jury concluded that it would make sense to have a separate award in the "Aurora" category in addition to the general "Lehreplus!" award. The shortlist was again extensively reviewed by all eight members of the preliminary jury and ranked again. The result of this ranking was not presented to the jury until the jury meeting, however, so as not to prejudge a decision.


Members of the pre-jury
  • Gundula Ludwig, Director CGI (Center Interdisziplinäre Geschlechterforschung Innsbruck)
  • Flavia Guerrini, Post-Doc CGI and at the Institute of Educational Science
  • Bianca Gegenburger, Office of the Vice-Rector for Teaching and Students
  • Theresa Hohenauer-Todd, Office of the Vice-Rector for Teaching and Students
  • Marianne Prast, Office for Quality Assurance in Teaching
  • Karin Fröch, Office for Quality Assurance in Teaching
  • Christian Huemer, Office for Quality Assurance in Teaching
  • Philipp Umek, Office for Quality Assurance in Teaching
Assessment dimensions of the submissions
  • Pre-Jury: The Pre-Jury selected ten submissions for shortlisting. All individuals on the pre-jury screened and re-ranked these ten submissions.
  • Students: Survey of students on the shortlisted courses. Review of course evaluations (LVA), where available.
  • Completions: Consideration of registrations, mode of examination (graded/successful), and completion rate/credentials earned.
  • Final jury evaluation
Jury decision

The jury decided on the award by consensus during a meeting in October 2022. The following documents were available to the jury for decision-making:

  • Process description and submission conditions
  • Short summaries per submission with the self-selected short description of the LV management, the score of the preliminary jury and the two opinions of the preliminary jury on it
  • Number of submissions, mode of examination (grading/successful participation) and completion rate in percent (certificates of achievement submitted)
  • Excerpt from the course evaluation (LVA)
    • Indicators "(good) teaching and preparation", "...requires a reasonable learning effort", "...would recommend LV", "(good) overall (assessment)" on a scale from 1 (=agree completely) to 5 (=disagree at all)
    • Indicator "Difficulty" (Question: For me, the course is overall...) on a scale from 1 (= too easy) to 3 (= just right) to 5 (= too difficult).
  • The complete submissions with the detailed teaching concepts and the specially collected student evaluations of the courses were available in their entirety.

Prior to the jury meeting, all jury members were given the opportunity to use an online tool to determine their preferences and rank the shortlisted submissions. There was also an opportunity to communicate reservations about awarding certain submissions.

At the beginning of the final jury session, a brief summary of the selection process, the prejury assessments, and the student perspective (evaluation) was presented. Likewise, the jury's preliminary vote and ranking was shown before the joint decision-making and awarding of prizes was discussed afterwards. Contrary to the original proposal of the preliminary jury to award a second special prize in the category "Aurora" for the content-related appreciation of the SDGs as the focus of the call for entries, the jury ultimately decided to award only one prize, since the winning concept also fully takes these into account and was therefore convincing.

Jury composition
  • Rector Tilmann Märk
  • Walter Obwexer (Senate)
  • Vice Rector Bernhard Fügenschuh
  • Katharina Pöllmann (substitute for vice rector Ulrike Tanzer)
  • Lukas Schobesberger (2nd chairman ÖH)
  • Gerhard Pisek (Speaker Dean of Studies)
  • Suzanne Kapelari (Didactics)
  • Helga Mayr (Didactics)

For questions, feedback and further information please contact the Office for Quality Assurance in Teaching: Eval-Lehre@uibk.ac.at


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