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Teaching Award of Freie Universität Presented for First Time

Exchange Project for Education Students in Germany and Israel Received Award during Teaching Day

№ 154/2014 from May 07, 2014

A German-Israeli exchange project that is devoted to Holocaust education for education students from both countries was honored on Tuesday evening with the Teaching Award of Freie Universität Berlin. In the project, which is headed by Prof. Dr. Martin Lücke, students at Freie Universität and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem first learn about the historiographic and didactic research on the Holocaust and then jointly create teaching and learning materials. The 10,000-euro award for outstanding research-based teaching projects was presented for the first time. The award ceremony took place during a Teaching Day, which featured several initiatives designed to promote excellence in teaching at Freie Universität Berlin.

As part of the award-winning project "Remembrance and Public History," there will be organized exchanges in Jerusalem and Berlin, where students will visit central memorial sites in each country – Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and the House of the Wannsee Conference as well as the Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin. The students – 15 Germans and 15 Israelis – will be given a first opportunity to communicate with each other through video conferences in parallel preparatory seminars. The goal of the course is to work together to develop teaching and learning materials that will be included in the teacher training programs of both universities and that will be made accessible via the online platform www.historycultures.de.

Dr. Dan Porat and Dr. Shamir Yeger of Hebrew University, who manage the project in Jerusalem, received the award along with Professor Martin Lücke and the German students. The Teaching Award is part of Freie Universität Berlin's development concept, which won the university excellence status and funding in the German Excellence Initiative. The Teaching Award is presented annually and each year is devoted to a separate theme.

In addition to the 2013 Teaching Award, certificates were presented for the first graduates of the teacher training program at Freie Universität called "SUPPORT for Teaching." The latter is a project funded within the Teaching Quality Pact of the German Federal Ministry of Science and Research, which provides targeted support for young scientists and academics at Freie Universität to gain qualifications in university teaching. Following this part of the event, several faculty members gave presentations about other outstanding teaching projects at Freie Universität, for example, the neuroscience master's program SCAN, which gives students an opportunity to begin their own research at a very early stage, and the physics education project, which is also funded within the Teaching Quality Pact. In the physics project, scientists develop interactive screen experiments, which physics students can use to gain more practical experience than is possible just in the labs.

Visitors were also able to get information about two pilot projects in Research-oriented Teaching – in the Collaborative Research Center "Episteme in Motion" and in the Focus Area "Disease in Human Aging: Dynamics at the Level of Molecules, Individuals, and Society (DynAge)." Research-oriented Teaching and the Teaching Award are both components of Freie Universität Berlin's development strategy. Both are intended to serve to more firmly anchor the university's excellence in research in its teaching.

Further Information

Dr. Nina Diezemann, Office of News and Public Affairs, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel. +49 30 838-73190, Email: nina.diezemann@fu-berlin.de