October 01st 2021

Award for innovative teaching at MCI

MCI team of professors receives Ars Docendi Recognition Award

From left to right: Teresa Spieß, Thomas Dilger and Section Head Elmar Pichl © BMBWF/Martin Lusser
From left to right: Teresa Spieß, Thomas Dilger and Section Head Elmar Pichl © BMBWF/Martin Lusser

MCI | The Entrepreneurial School® has received yet another award. Professors from the Entrepreneurial School® were honored at the Ars Docendi 2021, the Austrian national award for excellent teaching at Austrian universities, for their project "ABWL für Wirtschaftsinformatiker/innen einfach anders - Mastering the Basics to strive for Excellence!

MCI professors Teresa Spieß and Thomas Dilger submitted the innovative concept in collaboration with management consultant Helmut Zangerl, who is a lecturer at MCI. "In this program, students work on integrative business plans as early as the first semester with the aim of gaining initial practical experience early on in their studies to make it easier for them to classify their learning experiences in the further course of their studies and build on them," explains MCI professor Teresa Spieß. In six blocks, the students receive input on various topics relevant to the business plan and are accompanied by constant feedback blocks from the lecturers.

The Ars Docendi jury was impressed by the well thought-out integrated quality, feedback and evaluation system, which also demonstrates measurability and potential for improvement of student performance. The jury was particularly convinced by the way in which students are able to gain their own and integrative practical experience as early as in the introductory phase of their studies, and are thus better able to classify the learning experience they have acquired.

Ars Docendi

The Ars Docendi is Austria's most prestigious prize for teaching at universities and is awarded by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. This year, out of 191 submissions, five were awarded an Ars Docendi and eleven an Ars Docendi Recognition Award.

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