The secret to good teaching

13.12.2016 | News

By:  Gabriela D'Hondt

ETH Professor John Lygeros has won the CS Award for Best Teaching. The award winner is constantly developing innovative teaching concepts – and his students love it.

Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching
VSETH President Lukas Möller (left) congratulates John Lygeros on the CS Award for Best Teaching. (Photo: ETH Zurich / Giulia Marthaler)

So what is the secret to good teaching? One person should know: John Lygeros, Professor of Control and Computation and Head of the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. He has already won the ETH Golden Owl teaching prize three times in the past and this year accepted the CS Award for Best Teaching at ETH Day.

Yet the award-winning professor admits that he has still not quite got to the bottom of the secret to good teaching: “I’m not yet sure what the best way to teach is. That’s why I’ve spent my life researching and working on it.” It is precisely this innovative drive that his students hold in such high esteem – but not just that. In a video, they explain why John Lygeros more than deserved to receive the CS Award for Best Teaching.

John Lygeros, this year’s winner of the CS Award for Best Teaching, and his students on what makes good teaching.

Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching

The teaching award aims to promote excellence at institutions of higher education and to strengthen Switzerland as a centre of science and research. The recipients of the Golden Owl are nominated directly for the CS Award. Together with the professional bodies, the Association of Students at ETH Zurich (VSETH) selects the winner of the CS Award according to various other criteria.

Past winners

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