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Report 2010-2011

Some impressions of the Humboldt exchange alex afonso (sps)

The teaching exchange between the MWP and Humboldt was a very pleasurable experience. I taught a 90-minute module to students of the Economics and Political Science faculty, and gave a lecture to the internal seminar of Prof. Immergut, Chair of the Department of Social Sciences. As a whole, the exchange was well organised and the organising team was very dedicated. I found the overall setup very useful. I found it good to keep in touch with teaching in a different setting. Even for those of us who have extensive teaching experience, as is my case, it was useful to teach during a year when we do not have teaching obligations. Overall, I found it great. nathan marcus (hec) The lecture and teaching session both provided me with new knowledge and skills and enhanced my teaching effectiveness. I taught the material for the first time and to a non-specialist audience. I learned a lot about how the material might be used more effectively, both in a lecture as well as during a tutorial. The teaching evaluations I received from Jeffrey and others showed that I had very good material, but gave me valuable directions on how to improve.

important for me to lecture at Humboldt as it is a prominent centre for my field of modern East European history. The organising team in Germany was very kind and hospitable and I enjoyed working with them! I was pleased with my public lecture as it was attended by several specialists in my field, including some professors whom I was keen to meet. It was a good opportunity for me to not only present my research but also to make contacts with them and with postgraduate students. blaz zakelj (eco) Small group teaching is not an approach I have been exposed to so far—most of the classes that I have either taken or taught were designed for larger audiences, while practice sessions mostly involved solving the problem-sets from the previous week. In that respect, the small group teaching exercise came as a useful refresher (and challenge!) to my existing skills. Along with the preparatory session here at Villa la Fonte, the language centre at the host university also organized a short discussion on how to organize a course and what are the important issues to be considered. It provided a useful checklist that could be used to check ones preparedness before the teaching exercise. During the teaching itself, the teacher of the host class, plus the two teaching experts, were present, and all of them provided detailed and valuable feedback after the class.

dean vuletic (hec)

I very much looked forward to participating in this teaching exchange and consider it a highlight of my year in the Max Weber Programme. It was


Max Weber Programme Annual Report - Academic Year 2010-2011  
Max Weber Programme Annual Report - Academic Year 2010-2011  

Reports on the 2010-2011 teaching and research activities of the largest postdoctoral programme for young academics in the social sciences,...