Background and general information
In the summer semester of 2013, the Student Council awarded the “Physics Student Council’s Teaching Prize” for the first time. Since then, the prize is given out on a yearly basis each summer semester. We consider both the previous winter semester and the ongoing summer semester. The award ceremony takes place in the framework of the General Physical Colloquium; ideally, the Student Council also invites a guest speaker for the occasion.
To obtain as good a data basis and comparability as possible, we restrict ourselves to lectures, i. e. seminars and lab courses (which also do not represent a distinct teaching performance by one teacher) are not considered. Moreover, the course regularly has to exhibit at least 15 (optional courses/master’s) or 30 (mandatory courses/bachelor’s) participants (course evaluation feedback forms). Further, we do not consider any courses from the teacher’s programs (Seminar für Didaktik des Sachunterrichts, Institut für die Didaktik der Physik, Institut für Technik und ihre Didaktik) and the geophysics programs, with the exception of introductory lectures which are also taken by physics students with geophysics as a minor subject. These courses have their own student councils or are not comparable in a sensible way.
We primarily use the results of the course evaluation (access restricted) as criteria. However, this is not a point-by-point comparison, but an overview evaluation and weighting which also includes the clear text answers. If there are any direct experiences, these can also be considered. A Teaching Prize Committee will make a proposal to the Student Council and have a decision made there.