Two Excellent Education Awards for GEO-courses

Published on
April 25, 2016

Last Thursday, the 21st of April 2016, two lecturers of the Cultural Geography Group were awarded for their excellent teaching skills among 29 celebrated lecturers of Wageningen University.

Lauren Wagner, now working at Maastricht University, received an award for her teaching role in the course Research Methodologies in Leisure, Tourism and Environment. This course, taught in period 4 of the academic year in Wageningen, was given a general rating of 4,4 (on a scale of 1-5) by students of the MSc Leisure, Tourism and Environment.

Michael Marchman, currently residing back in the United States, was likewise awarded for his outstanding role in the course Introduction to Leisure, Tourism and Environment. This course, given in period 1 and 4 of the academic year, was given a general rating of 4,6 by students of both the MSc Leisure, Tourism and Environment and the BSc minor in Conservation Tourism.

The awarding of the excellent education prize is done according to a quality indicator calculated on the results of questions on course set up, learning outcomes, teaching methods, previously acquired knowledge, overlap, the contribution of the lecturers to the learning process, examination and on the general rating of the course.

Student satisfaction is an important indicator for quality of education, but should not be the sole source of information. This is the reason the peer review of courses is taken into account as well for a course to receive an Excellent Education Prize.