Corona: Alternatives to Onsite-Teaching

The current situation requires alternatives to onsite-teaching. To enable both the dissemination of knowledge to and interactions with students through for example questions or discussions, we have assembled some hands-on information on this website.

Lectures and seminars may be substituted by videoconferences on platforms like Zoom or DFNconf without large adjustments. Videoconferences enable lecturing to PowerPoint-slides while receiving contributions from your students, even in very large lectures, since many universities have bought the necessary licenses. Look here for a free video with an introduction to lecturing with Zoom.

There are many other ways of teaching digitally. We have compiled some suggestions. Decide yourself, which resources you may access to find the best methods for your teaching in our compilation.

Do you have access to a learning management system (lms) like Moodle, Ilias, StudIP or GRIPS?

  • Combine the options of an lms with a video-lecture through sharing your screen.
  • Videos for download are a good alternative to videoconferences. Record yourself with a video recorder, a cell phone or a tablet while developing your thoughts in front of a black- or whiteboard and place the lecture in your lms. Split the lecture into short units to facilitate download.
  • If you don’t have a camera, add a sound track to the PowerPoint-slides of your lecture and place the lecture for download in your lms. Look here for a free video with a good explanation.
  • Send to your students links to existing videos, which are freely available via the Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern or platforms like YouTube or Vimeo.
  • Give your students opportunities for active learning by creating a discussion forum, quiz, assignments or similar options in your lms.

You are tech-savvy and would like to grab the opportunity to use all the advantages of E-Learning?

  • Feedback to the learning progress, opportunities for training and active communication with each other are important for your students learning success. Use, for example, e-portfolios, blogs, mindmaps, wikis, projectmanagement-apps or etherpads. Use the web for inspiration!

Do you or your students have little access to digital resources?

  • Send to your students information per Email (in BCC) about the literature relevant for examination for self-study, for example the title and chapters of a textbook, a script or literature references.
  • Send to your students exercises, reflective questions, quizzes per Email (in BCC). Give your students feedback to the material they have produced. For large data volumes you may use a file-sharing system.
  • Give your students the opportunity to discuss questions per Email and/or through telephone consultation at fixed times.

For counseling on E-Learning please contact the teacher training institute of your university.

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