Excellence in Teaching Award

Problem- and project-based learning, in close cooperation with science, industry and civil society: this is the focus of the teaching concept of Dr. Till Nagel, Research Professor for Visual Analytics, which has been awarded this year’s Albert and Anneliese Konanz Teaching Award of Mannheim University of Applied Sciences. The concept’s pedagogical approach convinced the jury, which had called on the university’s teaching staff to submit concepts related to STEM professionals, climate protection, or innovation/transformation.

Presentation of the Excellence in Teaching Award to Prof. Dr. Till Nagel by Rector Prof. Dr. Angelika Altmann-Dieses and Vice-Rector for Studies, Teaching and Sustainability Prof. Dr. Klaus Beck. Photo: Ulrich Imo.

The awarded teaching concept convinced with its interlocked structure of two elective modules of the Faculty of Computer Science, which are also open to students of other faculties. After being introduced to the basics of data visualization, students then design functional visualization systems in a course to tackle real-world problems through analysing data provided by partners.

In its statement, the jury praised Till Nagel for the creation and use of didactically excellent teaching materials and the clearly structured design, as well as the learning atmosphere that students found particularly pleasant and inspiring. “In his teaching, he actively and sustainably promotes interdisciplinary cooperation across different faculties. Thanks to regular guest lectures by top-class speakers, he integrates current research results and practical examples,” adds Prof. Dr. Klaus Beck, Prorector for Studies, Teaching and Sustainability and chairman of the jury.

Prof. Nagel is delighted about the award and sees it as both recognition and motivation: “Good teaching must always enable students to expand their knowledge, develop their skills, and put them to the test in practice. Through this approach, our students can develop into independent, critical and responsible people who participate in the social, ecological and technological shaping of society.”

This year, the teaching award will be presented during the university’s Day of Prizes and Scholarships on November 27th. Winners of the university’s teaching award are eligible for the Baden-Württemberg State Teaching Award (Landeslehrpreis) from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, which is awarded every two years. Till Nagel has been nominated for this year’s Landeslehrpreis. The winners will be announced in February 2024.

Press Release (in German): “Lehrpreis der Hochschule Mannheim für Prof. Nagel”, 13 October 2023