Instructions, webinars, software solutions, forums, tips and ideas
Dear learnings, dear experts in digitally-supported teaching – and those aspiring to this!
Publishing a large number of lectures online and pragmatically ensuring a reasonable, digitally-supported curriculum for students virtually overnight for the summer semester 2020 in light of the corona crisis, presents many of you with new, major challenges.
However, all Bavarian universities and universities of applied sciences (HAWs) already have experts in this area, whether that be in official or informal positions. Furthermore, institutions, networks and forums on the theme of digitally-supported teaching already exist throughout Bavaria and nationally. A large number of them are cooperation partners at BayWISS AG Digitalisation and Teaching. Below you will find FAQs on quickly launching into digital teaching (synchronous = simultaneous and asynchronous = non-time-dependent) and links to selected pages of our member universities and our partners. This is where swarm intelligence comes into play! Incidentally: If we have awakened your interest in using or sharing digital material from others: Use our input mask here for Sharing.
On this page we would like to bring together the best that our network of 31 member universities as well as Bavarian (and two nation-wide) institutions and initiatives have to offer on the theme of digital teaching. We can do this in no time at all but only with your help! Please send us your comments and suggestions via email digitale-lehre.ag(at)baywiss.de – we will then include this as soon as possible. Please feel free to use our form at the end of this page.
The Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern (vhb) is a cooperative institution of the Bavarian universities and universities of applied sciences. For 20 years it has been supporting and funding the development of digital teaching units and championing university-wide exchange. All offers are drawn up by professors from the 31 founding universities and can be used across university boundaries. The offers are available to all students of Bavarian universities and HAWs via the single sign-on system.
In order to overcome challenges underlying the corona crisis together, the Bavarian universities are focusing even more on cooperation. The vhb is expanding its offer for this purpose: Online curricula offered by the founding universities will be posted for the upcoming summer semester under "Additional Courses Summer Semester 2020" as well as under “Temporary Additional Learning Materials” in the repository
You as teachers can use these proposals for your own students. It would be even better if you made your own contribution: If as a teacher you would like to make your existing online curricula or short online learning units available to teachers and students throughout Bavaria via the vhb (without your supervision and examination, they would then have to be taken over locally by the relevant teachers who use your curriculum as their own), then please get in contact with the team in the vhb division or with the vhb officer at your university.
Moreover, the vhb has collated a link collection and Tips and Examples of Good Practice for online courses and blended learning units.
In the ProfiLehrePlus association, the higher education didactic institutions at all Bavarian universities have joined together to form a common space for further education. So as to support teachers in overcoming challenges during the corona crisis, information and opportunities for further training were compiled on Alternatives to Classroom Teaching and this information is even available in English!
The Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (University Forum Digitalisation) is a think tank, initiator and network on the topic of higher education in the digital age. It informs, advises and networks actors from universities, politics, the economy and society. The HFD was founded in 2014 as a joint initiative of the CHE Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (Centre for Higher Education Development) the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK) (The German Rectors’ Conference) and the Stifterverband (Founders’ Association). Funding comes from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Under the title "Universities and Corona: What Now?”, the HFD offers a very extensive special page with collections of tools and guidelines for digital events, links to guides, tips, ideas and commentaries. The collection is expanded on an ongoing basis. Another text worth reading is Online Teaching for the First Time Thanks to Corona? Soft Facts and Hacks for a Fast, but Careful Introduction.
The E-Learning Center of the HAW Munich has compiled information and services to help teachers carry out online teaching and updates this list on a rolling basis. On the special page on the subject it indicates that although numerous offers and programmes enable multi-faceted, individual solutions to online teaching, the current situation means that many offers are subject to limitations and disruptions until the systems can be upgraded. Therefore, asynchronous formats are preferred. The site lists various aspects and provides basic tips on didactic design:
- For purely online teaching, your students require clear instructions and fast feedback.
- Give your students the opportunity to send you questions. Inform your students about when and how you will answer their questions.
- Let your students know how and when you are available to them and when you will send information and updates.
- Foster communication with and between your students. In Moodle you can set up a forum for students where they can mutually support one another and whose questions you can answer on a regular basis.
- There is also a link to an explanatory video by the Hochschule München: Enrich teaching materials with a Creative Commons license
The “ProLehre” Centre for Didactics and Media at the Technische Universität München has collated support services and information on online teaching on a special page. Particularly helpful are the handouts "Alternatives to Classroom Teaching : Asynchronous and Synchronous Online Teaching as well as "Alternatives to Classroom Teaching: Creating Your Own Teaching Videos".
The Service Centre Teaching and Didactics at the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg has compiled some useful information on the visualisation and digitalisation of lectures (e.g. on teaching videos) and updates the site continuously. The publicly available tips and overviews on the Regensburg Moodle system named GRIPS are also worthwhile for other Moodle users.
The computer centre at the University of Bamberg has compiled a collection of tools and recommendations for online teaching here.
The DIZ - Zentrum für Hochschuldidaktik bundles and coordinates higher education didactics at all Bavarian universities of applied sciences (HAWs), harnesses this for everyone and provides new impetus for optimising and developing in the context of teaching at universities. The DIZ also offers further training on the topic of e-learning or provides links to appropriate tutorials.
On the portal e-teaching.org, an offer from the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) (Leibniz Institute for Knowledge Media) in Tübingen, you can find research results, project descriptions, interviews and online presentations, which address the design of learning media, self-organised learning with digital media and the use of digital media in teaching, to name a few.
The Bavarian State Ministry of Science and Art provides information on a Special Page about Effects of the Corona Crisis on Bavarian Universities and HAWs.