Studying Digitally

New support offers for digital teaching

In response to the current developments caused by COVID-19, the elab team offers a digital toolbox. The toolbox is a collection of tools, instructions and examples of good practice addressing e-teaching in higher education. We keep the digital toolbox updated along your needs and invite you to send us your suggestions, questions and wishes to elab[at]uni-weimar.de

Digital Toolbox

The toolbox is aimed at all professors and staff members who are responsible for teaching at the Bauhaus University Weimar. It is intended to support your initiative to transform content, materials and formats into a digital form so that teaching and learning can be made possible against the background of current challenges. We want to help all University lecturers adjust to and cope with a new teaching reality and support them by translating their courses into e-teaching Formats.

How to Moodle – move your classroom online

Moodle is the central learning management system of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. This Video Turorial help you get to know Moodle better.  For registration at Moodle, please use your University username and password. On Explore Moodle you find a range of activities and educational tools provided by Moodle to create your online course. 

Ways to get into contact with your students

E-Mail: Contact your students via email and provide them with teaching and learning content, documents to work on and other materials. We have linked a suggestion on how you could design your teaching here. However, we recommend that you also inform yourself about other tools suggested below.

Moodle: The learning platform Moodle offers tools like forum or Chat to gt in contact with your students. Conference tools like BigBlueButton oder Adobe Connect  are implemented into Moodle and available for your online meetings and live lectures/Online-Seminars.

Terminplanung for Online-Meeting: Schedule your courses and invite your students for attendance using the  Terminplaner provides by Deutschen Forschungsnetz benutzen.

Online-Meeting: Besides BigBlueButton and Adobe Connect, DFN-conf  DFN-conf (provided by the Deutschen Forschungsnetz) can be used for online-Meetings.

 

Providing students with materials and learning content

Email: Via e-mail you can send teaching and learning content, documents to work on and other materials to your students.

University´s cloud-service: Files and documents can be securely stored in the university cloud and shared with others. Instructions can be found here.

Moodle: Your students can upload word or pdf documents on Moodle, so you can follow and control their work progress. This tutorial shows you how to track whether a task has been submitted.

Legal Framework:  A good understanding of copyright is essential to ensure the legal use of available teaching material. The graphic illustration  provided by Anne Fuhrmann-Siekmeyer (Universität Osnabrück) gives a quick and helpful overview about the topic. Of note: The storage capacity of Moodle is restricted. The embedding of complete e-books or other big data sets should be avoided and instead, be used as downloadable links.

University library services

The library of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar offers numerous starting points and extensions for the implementation of digital teaching and learning opportunities.

  • The library provides a service called Semesterapparate, that can be used to organize and provide literature via Moodle. The feature „Semesterapparat“ can be found via the button „Create materials and activities“ in Moodle. A corresponding tutorial can be found here.
  • Please note the regulatory framework underlying the use of the Semesterapparate, defined in § 60a UrhG.
  • Of note, the library provides reference management software, such as Citavi, Zotero, Endnote and trainings for users.

Support by e-student assistants

In the summer semester 2020, teaching will largely take place in digital formats. The special call for eTutors specifically supports teachers in using digital teaching tools and various online forms of teaching and learning. eTutors are student assistants who are proposed by you and trained and supported by the eLab team. The training of bachelor and master students to become an eTutor encompasses both technical and didactic basics. Personnel costs for student assistants will be funded during the summer semester 2020. There is no application deadline, i.e. applications can be submitted by one or more lecturers from a professorship or a course on an ongoing basis using the application form. The Vice President for Studies and Teaching decides with the Dean of Studies on funding after the applications have been received. Funding is possible up to EUR 2000. To the application form >>>

Implement online lectures

Virtual classroom: Lectures can be held as online-conferences or webinars by using either DFN-conf, Adobe Connect (can be embedded into a moodle room) or BigBlueButton, which is available as a Moodle plug in. For all online conferences please use:

Video recording (Screencasts): You can also record your lecture simply from home, with a camera, your smartphone or via MS Powerpoint as a so-called e-lecture and set the video in moodle. Alternatively, you can also record your video conference with Adobe Connect and BigBlueButton, or have it streamed in real time with DFN-conf.

Legal framework: A good understanding of copyright is essential to ensure the legal use of available teaching material. The graphic illustration provided by Anne Fuhrmann-Siekmeyer (University Osnabrück) gives a quick and helpful overview about the topic. 

Of note: The storage capacity of Moodle is restricted. The embedding of complete e-books or other big data sets should be avoided and instead, be used as downloadable links.

Icon-cards: The Association for Media Education, Media Literacy and Communication Culture provides icon-cards that can be used during online meetings help to minimize or communicate communication problems during the online sessions. The cards can be printed out, cut out and, if necessary, quickly held up in the camera without interrupting the communication that is currently taking place.

Design online seminars

Moodle: Teaching materials like pdf or word documents can be shared, videos can be linked (YouTube-Video) or embedded via iframe . The plugin H5P allows the creation of interactive elements and contents . For collaborative work, Moodle activities like scheduler, organisation of working groups, creation of wikis and glossary can be used.

Lecturers can review and grade their student´s activities using Moodle-Tests: evaluation, feedbach and providing individual tasks. By using H5P, interactive contents and questions can be created. This video introduces the main functions.

Icon-cards: The Association for Media Education, Media Literacy and Communication Culture provides icon-cards that can be used during online meetings help to minimize or communicate communication problems during the online sessions. The cards can be printed out, cut out and, if necessary, quickly held up in the camera without interrupting the communication that is currently taking place.

Legal framework: A good understanding of copyright is essential to ensure the legal use of available teaching material. The graphic illustration provided by Anne Fuhrmann-Siekmeyer (University Osnabrück) gives a quick and helpful overview about the topic. 

Of note: The storage capacity of Moodle is restricted. The embedding of complete e-books or other big data sets should be avoided and instead, be used as downloadable links.

 

 

Submit student's exercises and theses via Moodle.

This guide by Karin Gorges (Scientific stuff member) explains how students can submit their exercises, documents and theses via Moodle.

Realize projects

Moodle: For collaborative work, Moodle activities like scheduler, organization of working groups, creation of wikis and and glossary can be used. Conference tools like BigBlueButton and Adobe Connect are implemented into Moodle and available for your online meetings and live lectures or webinars.

Final projects can be presented on EXPERIMENT.Bauhaus.

Work collaboratively

Nextcloud: The University Nextcloud can be used to share and work together on the same document at the same time. Detailed information can be found on the website of the IT Service SCC.

Additional information and external links

Do not hesitate to contact the elab-team via elab[at]uni-weimar.de for any questions regarding your classes, lectures, seminars or projects and the transformation in a digital format.

The eTeach-Network Thuringia provides courses for University lecturers covering topics like “How to Moodle”, “How to deal with copyright issues”, “video production” and “design basics” and more. All courses are currently provided as webinars and exempt from charges. Please note that the courses are performed in German only. The registration form can be found here.

Further information on teaching and learning with digital offers and services: On e-teaching.org you will find scientifically sound and practice-oriented information on the design of higher education with digital media. The University Forum Digitalization has reacted to the current exceptional situation and set up a Corona service page with the first tool collections, didactic tips and offers for exchange and networking.

 

 

Important FAQ

1. Why Moodle? A few years ago, the Bauhaus University Weimar opted for Moodle as a learning management system in an elaborate and participatory award procedure. The system is constantly being developed and the SCC ensures data protection, online security and support.

2. Who administers Moodle? Moodle is administered externally by the Sudile company. If you have any questions about Moodle, please contact moodle-support@uni-weimar.de

3. Can only employees of the University use Moodle? In order to activate a person for Moodle, you have to be registered as a trainer in a Moodle room. This short video explains how to register an external participant for Moodle.

4. Does the university have its own video conference system? Yes, the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar has a video conference system. You log in with your login and password. The advantage of this system is that meeting rooms can be set up independently and sent to all participants via a link - without having to be registered in Moodle.

5. How can I make my online teaching interactive (discussion groups, feedback on work results, discussion of common materials)? Online teaching can be designed both synchronously and asynchronously interactively. This can be done synchronously using the BigBlueButton conference tool (available in moodle and as an external tool). There, presentations can be shown, worked together on a whiteboard, or work results / lectures can be presented and discussed. Since all conference tools are currently heavily overloaded and not all students have the technical prerequisites to participate in synchronous online courses, we recommend asynchronous teaching formats. Interactions with the students are also possible via the Moodle forum, the Moodle chat or the Moodle wiki or glossary. These tools can be used creatively and the discussions then take place in writing and over a longer period (over a week).

6. How can emerging work results be made visible at the same time? How can the work be organized online in alternating small group and plenary phases? A change of synchronous and asynchronous teaching formats is recommended for this way of working. The results could be uploaded to the Nextcloud and can be viewed by everyone. There it is also possible to work collaboratively on a document asynchronously. The results, interim presentations or other work results can be discussed using the BigBlueButton.

7. Which teaching formats are useful for online teaching? Basically, the change between online and classroom teaching, a good mix, is recommended. However, due to the current situation, you may have to conduct your course solely in online teaching for a few weeks of the semester. Here, too, we recommend that you switch between synchronous and asynchronous formats. Even though BigBlueButton enables discussions, presentations and presentations, you should keep in mind that this format also has its pitfalls. It is therefore better to incorporate learning phases in which the students can solve tasks independently and conduct the discussion in chats in writing.

8. What are e-tutors and what is part of their training?
eTutors are student assistants (Bachelor and Master students) who are proposed by the teachers and who are trained and supported by the eLab team.

9. How can I apply for funding from an eTutor and what does it include? Training as an eTutor encompasses both technical and didactic basics. The eTutors support teachers in planning and using digital tools in online and classroom teaching. Personnel costs for student assistants will be funded during the summer semester 2020 (max. € 2,000 per eTutor). There is no application deadline, ie applications can be submitted by one or more lecturers from a professorship or a course of study to the eLab using a webbased form. The Vice President for Studies and Teaching decides with the Dean of Studies on the funding of applications.

10. What is the eTEACH network and what does it offer? eTEACH is a network of Thuringian universities and colleges to promote digitally enriched teaching. It offers free online courses and further training for teachers.

 

 

Course offers

Our training courses and online sessions support teachers in getting to know digital applications and services, preparing them didactically and integrating them into subject-specific teaching areas and topics. The offers are aimed at beginners and advanced users or build on one another. The qualification measures take place via webinars and (if possible) in person. The current situation and the associated restrictions and regulations are taken into account. Click here for the registration form. About tutorials we provide the opportunity to deal flexibly with new tools, techniques and topics and to learn how they work and how to use them. The pool of tutorials is continuously expanded. The self-learning courses enable you to independently acquire and deepen knowledge about online teaching from home. The courses are set up on the Moodle learning platform and are intended to give you tips and suggestions for implementing your own courses with Moodle.

Offers for beginners

Introduction to media-enriched teaching (self-learning course)

In this course, you will learn the basics of planning and implementing media-based teaching and will receive numerous tips and suggestions for your courses. To the course >>>

Basics of didactics (self-learning course)

In this course, you will learn the theoretical basics of didactics, such as learning objectives, the cognitive theory of multimedia learning (CTML for short) and design laws. To the course >>>

Moodle basics (Online-Seminar)

  • Beginners course (from the eTEACH program): The goal is to get to know the possibilities of digital teaching with Moodle in practical work and based on selected scenarios. They acquire the skills to create, design and interactively integrate Moodle rooms into teaching. Contents: Creating and designing classrooms, learning videos in Moodle, enrolling and communicating with students, creating and evaluating tasks, using forums to deepen knowledge. Lecturer: Christian Niemczik (Sudile)Dates: July 23, 2020: 9-12 a.m., October 8, 2020: 10 a.m.-13 p.m. To the registration form >>>
  • Advanced course (from the eTEACH program): Building on the skills learned in the entry-level course, the advanced course deepens knowledge based on practical scenarios. The participants get to know advanced functions with which they can work interactively. Content: Creating and designing digital tests and quizzes, working with groups in Moodle, using the appointment and evaluation function for exchanging ideas with students, meaning of course backups, importing course content. Lecturer: Christian Niemczik (Sudile). Dates: July 23, 2020: 13-16 p.m., October 8, 2020: 10-13 a.m..  To the registration form >>>

Explore moodle (Self-learning course)

The course includes examples of the various formats and functions that Moodle provides for the creation of digital teaching and learning materials. To the course >>>

Introduction to Moodle (Tutorials)

A comprehensive pool of Moodle learning videos is available via the Moodle portal of the Bauhaus University Weimar (without registration). In addition to the general functions and usage, it also explains how to create and design courses, how to contact students or how to enroll in a course room. An overview of all Moodle tutorials can be found here.

Introduction Video (Online-Seminar)

  • Introductory course (from the eTEACH program): This workshop focuses primarily on the use of software and the integration of videos in various teaching and learning scenarios. You will be able to use different video and file formats, create screencasts and use video editing programs. Contents: overview of various video and file formats, creation of screencasts, use of video editing programs. Format: online course. Lecturer: Steven Mehlhorn. Dates:no appointments at the moment.
  • Application course (from the eTEACH program): With the help of videos, learning content can be designed appropriately and thus information can be processed better. Visualizations are ideal for simplifying knowledge transfer and stimulating learning processes. In this course you will learn how digital tools can be used to produce audiovisual content. Contents: Creating your own cartoon, getting to know the basics of production, tools and techniques for your own projects, best practice examples. Format: online course. Lecturer: Steven Mehlhorn. Dates: no appointments at the moment.

Video Production (Tutorials)

In the course of digitizing teaching and learning, producing, recording and making videos available is becoming increasingly important. We have put together video tutorials with lots of practical tips and tips on the subject areas of screencast with smartphones and iPads as well as with Quicktime and on the areas of LoFi tools and implementation.

Copyright challenges of digital teaching (Self-learning course)

The course provides information about free educational materials (OER) that offer the opportunity to integrate foreign teaching content into your own. To the course >>>

Copyright & data Protection (Online-Seminar)

  • Copyright & data protection (from the eTEACH program): Since the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation in June 2018, there has been great uncertainty about how to deal with the data that is collected in the course of gainful employment by other people. In this course you will get an overview of current developments and processes in the areas of personality and exploitation rights as well as the new data protection law. Contents: Raising awareness of copyright and data protection, correct handling of collected data, case studies. Lecturer: Annelie Gallon (law firm StämmlerDates: November 26th 2020: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. To the registration form >>

Offers for experienced

Explore Moodle (Self-learning course)

The course includes examples of the various formats and functions that Moodle provides for the creation of digital teaching and learning materials. To the course >>>

Moodle for experienced (Online-Seminar)

  • Beginners course (from the eTEACH program): The goal is to get to know the possibilities of digital teaching with Moodle in practical work and based on selected scenarios. They acquire the skills to create, design and interactively integrate Moodle rooms into teaching. Contents: Creating and designing classrooms, learning videos in Moodle, enrolling and communicating with students, creating and evaluating tasks, using forums to deepen knowledge. Lecturer: Christian Niemczik (Sudile)Dates: July 23, 2020: 9-12 a.m., October 8, 2020: 10 a.m.-13 p.m. To the registration form >>>
  • Advanced course (from the eTEACH program): Building on the skills learned in the entry-level course, the advanced course deepens knowledge based on practical scenarios. The participants get to know advanced functions with which they can work interactively. Content: Creating and designing digital tests and quizzes, working with groups in Moodle, using the appointment and evaluation function for exchanging ideas with students, meaning of course backups, importing course content. Lecturer: Christian Niemczik (Sudile). Dates: July 23, 2020: 13-16 p.m., October 8, 2020: 10-13 a.m..  To the registration form >>>

BigBlueButton (Online-Seminar)

BigBlueButton is an open source web conference system that is initially available from Moodle service provider Sudile and from the data center for employees of the Bauhaus University Weimar and integrated in Moodle. A tutorial on moodle-integrated use can be found here, for use outside of Moodle here . A second video tutorial deals with interactions and feedbacks in online courses and is here to find. For more and individual advise workshops are offered (number of participants is restricted to 40, a waitlist is arranged). Appointments: June 25, 10-11:30; October 22 10-11:30; November 13, 10-11:30. To the registration form >>>

BigBlueButton (Tutorials)

BigBlueButton is an open source web conference system that is   initially available from Moodle service provider Sudile and from the data center for employees of the Bauhaus University Weimar and integrated in Moodle. A tutorial on moodle-integrated use can be found here , for use outside of Moodle here . A second video tutorial deals with interactions and feedbacks in webinars and is here to find.

Application course (Online-Seminar)

  • Introductory course (from the eTEACH program): This workshop focuses primarily on the use of software and the integration of videos in various teaching and learning scenarios. You will be able to use different video and file formats, create screencasts and use video editing programs. Contents: overview of various video and file formats, creation of screencasts, use of video editing programs. Format: online course. Lecturer: Steven Mehlhorn. Dates:no appointments at the moment.
  • Application course (from the eTEACH program): With the help of videos, learning content can be designed appropriately and thus information can be processed better. Visualizations are ideal for simplifying knowledge transfer and stimulating learning processes. In this course you will learn how digital tools can be used to produce audiovisual content. Contents: Creating your own cartoon, getting to know the basics of production, tools and techniques for your own projects, best practice examples. Format: online course. Lecturer: Steven Mehlhorn. Dates: no appointments at the moment.

Video production (Tutorials)

In the course of digitizing teaching and learning, producing, recording and making videos available is becoming increasingly important. We have put together video tutorials with lots of practical tips and tips on the subject areas of screencast with smartphones and iPads as well as with Quicktime and on the areas of LoFi tools and implementation.

Evaluationsformate in der Lehre

In diesem Kurs lernen Sie grundlegende Überlegungen und praxisnahe Methoden zur Evaluierung von (Online-)Lehrangeboten kennen. Zum Kurs >>>

Offers for experts

H5P for teaching (Online-Seminar)

Use of H5P in teaching (from the eTEACH program): H5P is software for creating interactive learning content that can be integrated into Moodle via an interface. For example, H5P can be used to integrate quizzes into videos, create digital flash cards or insert additional information in graphics. As part of this course, the participants learn how to create this interactive learning content and how to use it in their Moodle room. You will learn what options H5P offers for digital teaching support. Content: Getting to know various interactive learning formats, integrating H5P content into your Moodle room, creating interactive elements (e.g. animations, videos, flash cards). Lecturer: Christian Niemczik (Sudile) . Dates: October 15, 2020: 10-13 a.m. To the registration form >>>

Storytelling for teaching (Online-Seminar)

Storytelling

Storytelling (from the eTEACH program): Storytelling is a powerful communication method to motivate students or to illustrate abstract information and to anchor anchor in the memory. In this workshop you will learn tricks and tricks on how storytelling can be used effectively to improve teaching. Contents: The ingredients for a good story, application of storytelling in teaching, creation of mind maps and storyboards. Lecturer: Christiane Zwick . Date: no appointments at the moment.

Grafikdesign basics for multimedia learning (Online-Seminar)

Graphic design basics for multimedia learning resources (from the eTEACH program): Teaching and learning materials are often of high quality in terms of content and are nevertheless difficult to understand if there is no clear visual structure or if the design was not taken care of legibility. With this in mind, you will learn in the workshop how you can use simple graphic and typographic tools to promote learning success. Contents: basics in typography and graphic design, the value of graphic design in the didactic area, principles of multimedia learning, recommendations for software and resources. Lecturer: Ramona Seidl. Requirements: To be able to work on exercises, a laptop with PowerPoint is required. Dates: October 29, 2020. Implementation as an online course: Link will be announced soon. To the registration form >>>

Flipchart design (Online-Seminar)

Flipchart design (from the eTEACH Program): A visualization on a flip chart can resist giving complex information understandable and increases the participants' attention. During the workshop you will learn effective techniques by experimenting with writing, shapes, colors, symbols and figures. The workshop is primarily designed for beginners who are motivated to try out different forms of visualization in practice. Contents: Get to know and try out various visualization tools, conceive and reflect on the didactic applications of visualization in teaching. Lecturers: Stift & Seil agency. Dates: October 20, 2020. Implementation as a webinar.To the registration form >>>

ePortfolio in lectures

ePortfolio (from the eTEACH program): An e-portfolio is the digital form of a portfolio that uses the new media to implement this old concept. The e-portfolio consists of "digital binders" with which students can document, reflect and / or present their learning process. The basic options and application scenarios of the ePortfolio are presented and tested in the course. Lecturer: Christine HoffmannDates: will be announced promptly.

Evaluation formats for teaching

In this course, you will learn about basic considerations and practical methods for evaluating (online) courses. To the course >>>

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