Two special awards presented

Associate Professor Rasmus Koss Hartmann is honoured with a teaching award for organising research-based learning programmes

Three out of four teachers, who this year are honoured and acknowledged with a teaching award, have now been presented with their award. A characteristic for them all, is the diverse efforts made to engage students in their teaching.

One main award and three special awards are presented. The special award for ‘Interaction with outside organisations’ had not been presented at the time when the editing was completed – please read more about this next time.

The main award and title as best teacher at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences went to Mette Søgaard Nielsen, Associate Professor at the Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management. This award was announced in the last newsletter: Teacher of the Year elected.

They received a special award
The special awards are presented to teachers that have developed special learning programmes that actively relate to one of the individual initiatives in the pedagogical strategy. With each of these awards comes a prize of DKK 20,000.

Annual award for Research-based learning
This award is presented to a teacher who organises research-based learning programmes or involves students in research environments focusing on achieving academic knowledge and skills for knowledge production.

The award went to: Rasmus Koss Hartmann, Associate Professor at the Department of Marketing & Management.

“I am unbelievably happy to be awarded and I was incredibly surprised when Jan Guldager Jørgensen showed up at our department seminar. I had actually just stepped into an adjacent room to discuss something with a colleague and I believe my Head of Centre had to spend a bit of time chasing me down, when the award was to be presented. It was very much a surprise that I was presented with this award,” says Rasmus Koss Hartmann and elaborates:

“For me, the award is a seal of approval for my work on digitalisation, and to actually move the lectures away from the typical lecture halls in the course Innovation Management. The lectures are available as podcasts, we use a kind of special book that I am writing, and to a higher degree that makes the lessons about exploring and engaging students and in many ways, it comes close to an actual research discussion. I have probably also been so fortunate as to have some very enthusiastic and energetic students, who have played along well to the slightly alternative form of teaching.”

Annual award for Interaction and IT
This award is presented to a teacher who involves new technologies and designs learning programmes with a focus on academic interaction and feedback, which strengthens the students’ personal and interpersonal competencies.

The award went to: Amelie Theussen, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Management.

“I am delighted with the recognition that comes with this award. Five years ago, we started developing an interactive simulation game where the students of International Security and Law are confronted with an international crisis. The students are then to work in groups to try and find a diplomatic solution that can accommodate the countries involved as well as the conflicting interests of the NGOs.

From when we launched and until now, the game has gone through a significant digitalisation process. We have developed an online gaming platform and we are able to take advantage of the flexibility these digital possibilities offer. As the game develops further, the students will, for example, receive feedback, and to challenge them we may introduce a twist, e.g. a cyber-attack. The goal with this simulation game is to give the students an idea of what this study programme could be used for, and the students love it.

Returning to the award, I would just like to say thank you! It is amazing to work in a place where the extra effort and the many hours of work is appreciated – and where active learning, interaction and teaching development is rewarded in this way. That pleases me,” concludes Amelie Theussen.