Online Teaching Activities

What tools are available for organising online teaching activities?

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Digital media are a key resource in teaching activities – not only in light of current situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Leibniz University Hannover offers numerous tools and methods that can be utilised to transfer teaching activities to effective online formats.

This website provides an overview of digital media available for online teaching activities. Please familiarise yourself with these tools, ask questions and make use of our support services. Exchanging creative and innovative ideas will enable us to provide successful teaching and learning formats.

Current information on the coronavirus

Please refer to the following website for up-to-date information and messages of the Presidential Board providing guidance on the coronavirus pandemic at Leibniz University Hannover: www.uni-hannover.de/en/universitaet/aktuelles/corona/


ONLINE INSTEAD OF FACE-TO-FACE – FOUNDATIONS

  • How can I implement digital teaching formats?
  • What tools are available for teaching staff to provide online courses?
  • What requirements must be observed?

This website aims to provide answers to these and other important questions regarding online teaching activities including various information, tips and services for teaching staff, which will be expanded step by step.

Synchronous or asynchronous formats? The following includes information on synchronous and asynchronous tools that facilitate working and communicating online. Some tools can be utilised in both variants.

As a rule, we recommend using asynchronous tools in larger groups in order to facilitate coordination as well as to prevent network or server disruptions.

Important information regarding antivirus software and data protection

Please use the latest version of the antivirus software provided by LUIS (www.luis.uni-hannover.de/sophos_download.html, in German) and make sure that you only use the ZQS/elsa links provided on this website.


Other tools may be used at the risk of the respective facility or institute. Please also consider possible issues that may arise with regard to liability law in the case of complaints or violations, especially violations of data protection regulations.


ONLINE TEACHING ACTIVITIES IN SUMMER SEMESTER 2020

1. Asynchronous online courses – presenting content

Formats: lectures, seminars, etc.

Conventional lectures focus on presenting content (presentations, handouts, scientific texts etc.). Depending on requirements, providing asynchronous content in various online formats can be realised quite easily. In addition, asynchronous feedback elements may be incorporated.

The programmes listed below include selected tools for recording content. Information on this will be updated regularly.

2. Synchronous online courses – discussing content

Formats: lectures, seminars, etc.

Synchronous online courses are conducted via video conferencing systems. Various functions are available depending on the tool. Online courses can be held in groups ranging in size.

The available internet bandwidth may present some limitations. High usage rates can be expected for the upcoming semester. It is therefore advised that this format is only used if synchronous communication is especially important.

  • Synchronous online course (teaching from home)

    BigBlueButton in Stud.IP

    BigBlueButton can be used to host online courses or virtual classrooms in Stud.IP. Users can participate and interact live using a headset and webcam. In addition to sharing video and audio, BigBlueButton also has a chat function, whiteboard, a function to share presentations (e.g. PowerPoint) as well as sharing your screen, allowing participants to follow along.

    Please note: online courses are currently limited to 100 participants. Please take special note of our guidelines for large groups (lectures, etc.) as well as the tips and information in our PDF tutorial.

    BigBlueButton: online courses in Stud.IP

    External video conferencing systems

    Additional, externally hosted video conferencing tools are available via LUIS for exchange between staff. However, these are not primarily intended for teaching. Here too, users can connect and interact live via video and audio.

    WebEx Meetings: external video conferencing system, run by Cisco Systems (further information on the LUIS website)  
    DFNconf: external video conferencing system, run by the DFN (further information on the LUIS website)

    Please note: external services such as Zoom, FaceTime, HanGOuts, Whatsapp, Microsoft Teams, etc. are currently not centrally approved. These services do not comply with the data protection measures of Leibniz University Hannover and are thus not recommended.

  • Guidelines for large lecture-style groups

    Online presentations for large lecture-style groups can be held synchronously or asynchronously. In general, we recommend using asynchronous tools in larger groups in order to facilitate coordination as well as to prevent network or server disruptions. This reduces the risk of individual students encountering connection problems and missing content.

    For larger groups it is therefore preferable to use recordings via flowcasts that students can access at different times. Suitable tools for this are explained in more detail in section 1 “Recording videos while working from home”.

    Suitable tools for synchronous online courses, which enable students to participate live and interact are presented in this section under the heading “Synchronous online courses while working from home”.

  • Guidelines for small seminar-style groups

    Synchronous online courses are a good option for small seminar-style groups. Audio and/or video can be shared with individuals or all participants. Depending on the tool, it is possible to share your screen, mutually edit texts or work as a group.

    Possible limitations:

    • Participants require sufficient internet bandwidth
    • Participants require functioning audio and/or video capabilities
    • Good presentation necessary

3. Asynchronous work: course content, assignments and tests

Formats: lectures, seminars, practical sessions, etc.

Understanding the content is essential for learning. Online, this can be achieved, for example, through assignments or tests during the semester.

The possibilities of use range vastly, including providing solutions to tasks in various different file formats or in text-form via a forum (e.g. exchange of comments by peers), as well as compiling comments on content (i.e. link lists) in a wiki or forum and tests during the semester.

4. Facilitating synchronous and/or asynchronous group work

Formats: seminars, practical sessions, meetings, individual queries

Working and communicating in small groups can be realised in many forms. Communication is a vital part of learning processes as well as in organisational procedures or supervision of students. In some cases, it may be useful to combine different tools, such as communicating via a video conferencing tool while editing texts in OnlyOffice.

Many free tools that may be useful but cannot be described within the scope of this website have been compiled by the student initiative “MELT-Community” (in German).

ADVISORY SERVICES AND QUALIFICATION

Digital media in teaching

Consultation and support regarding digital media in teaching, such as implementing online teaching activities or choosing suitable concepts and tools.

Human Resources Development and Academic Teaching

Orientation and guidance regarding teaching activities; HR development and qualification opportunities for teaching staff, including digital skills

CONTACT INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

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