Digital teaching at the University of Erfurt

Not only since the corona pandemic made new teaching formats necessary at universities, too, has digitisation in the field of study and teaching been on the advance. The possibilities are manifold, the need for information correspondingly high. On these pages you will find an overview of the most important questions (and of course answers) concerning digital teaching at the University of Erfurt.

Requirements

In order to be able to use e-learning platforms, video conference systems and the other online offers of the University of Erfurt, the following three requirements should be met – in addition to Internet access and an Internet-capable terminal device. They also apply to first-year students, international students and guest students.

News

Extension BigBlueButton: Access for external users

The installation of BigBlueButton for Moodle E-Learning at the University of Erfurt has been completely renewed and is now implemented as a cluster. Due to the dynamic distribution to currently four cluster nodes, significantly more meetings can now…

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Moodle round table of the Task Force "Digital Teaching"

The task force "Digital Teaching" of the University of Erfurt has been offering a weekly "Moodle Stammtisch" since 18 November.

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Taskforce "Digital Teaching" offers regular consultation hours

The task force "Digital Teaching" at the University of Erfurt is offering a digital consultation hour via Webex from November 24, initially every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where questions about digital studying can be asked.

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Tools and portals

The University of Erfurt offers numerous digital services that are linked to the university account (= no private account required). Registration is therefore carried out with the university e-mail address or user name. Access off campus is via Shibboleth – a procedure for internet-based applications for authentication and authorisation.

Study organisation and teaching

Moodle E-Learning

The University of Erfurt uses the e-learning platform Moodle for digital teaching and the organisation of courses. Via this platform, students can register for certain courses and view contents such as literature lists, grades, etc. Moodle is thus at the heart of the provision of digital teaching formats at the University of Erfurt.

Digital teaching and learning with Moodle

Information about Moodle

E.L.V.I.S.

E.L.V.I.S.® is the abbreviation for the Erfurt Teaching and Information System, which is supervised by Department 1: Registrars' Office. It is the central tool for students at the University of Erfurt, where, among other things, course bookings (of courses) and grade reports as well as the course catalogue can be accessed.

to E.L.V.I.S.

Video conference systems

BigBlueButton

"BigBlueButton" offers a webinar solution that includes many elements to activate students during sessions. In its functionality it is similar to the tool "Webex Training". It is available integrated in Moodle and can be seen as an alternative to "Webex Training".

further information about BigBlueButton

Webex

Webex (Cisco) is a video conferencing system that can be used by members of the University of Erfurt. For example, lectures or digital office hours are offered with the help of Webex.

to a test meeting

download Webex-Meeting-App

further Information about Webex

Registration systems

At the University of Erfurt, enrolment in certain courses is done via various enrolment systems. Moodle allows the enrolment in online space for a (teaching) event, in which, among other things, materials for the course can be stored.
>> see Moodle

Registration system for the social sciences

The enrolment procedure for social sciences at the Faculty of Political Science is used by students in the Q-Phase (from the 3rd semester) to enrol for BA seminars in political and social sciences. The registration takes place via the university e-mail address.

to the registration system

Online registration at the Faculty of Philosophy

The Faculty of Philosophy provides an online registration system for enrolment in courses at the Language Centre. To register, you will need your matriculation number and e-mail address.

to the online registration

Online application for internships and Master's thesis topics

The Erfurt School of Education (ESE) enables students to enrol in internships in the Bachelor and Master of Education programmes at the University of Erfurt via this system. 

to https://onlinese.uni-erfurt.de

UniSchulPlattform (School Platform)

Bridge between theory and practice in teacher training: The moodle-based learning platform expands teacher training to include digitally supported internship phases, serves the exchange between university and school and includes virtual classrooms. It is available to students and teachers at the University of Erfurt as well as to students and teachers at cooperating Thuringian schools. 

Information on the platform

Directly to the UniSchool platform

Data exchange

Gigamove

Gigamove is a service (of RWTH Aachen University) for the exchange of large files. You log in with your university login and can upload files up to 2 GB. The addressee receives an e-mail from you with the link to "pick up" the data. Please note: Files larger than 2 GB must be split into small file packages.

further information about Gigamove

DFN-Cloud

The University of Erfurt provides this cloud storage service to the university's academic staff in cooperation with the TU Berlin. It offers the possibility to store personal data on a file server accessible via the Internet (in the cloud) and to access this data at any time and from various devices.

You can share files and folders with other people or make them available to other users. The service provides 5 GB of storage and clients for Windows, Linux, Mac and apps for iPhone/iPad and Android.

further information about DFN-Cloud

SharePoint

The University Computer and Media Centre (URMZ) provides the collaboration service Microsoft SharePoint to support group work. The URMZ is responsible for the administration of the client provided by the TU Ilmenau.

further information about SharePoint

Examinations

WiseFlow

Against the backdrop of the corona pandemic, the University of Erfurt has decided to hold examinations in the summer semester 2020 – and, if necessary, beyond – as online examinations.

This will be based on the Corona Mantel Act passed by the Thuringian state parliament and a statute based on it, which enables and regulates the implementation of modified examination formats. Following a data protection impact assessment, the university acquired a licence for the examination software WISEflow from the provider UNIwise in the summer semester.

further information on the examination software

Additional services

Software for home devices

With the university account, students have the opportunity to use various software offers also on private devices – from Microsoft Office 365 PlusPro and the virus protection software Sophos to Citavi and SPSS.

further information

Internal service area

The internal service area contains internal announcements, job offers and events as well as help topics, documents, applications and contact persons, thus primarily addressing employees.

Nevertheless, students or persons with guest logins also have the opportunity to use these pages. We would like to invite you to use the news area and especially the offer of templates, forms and help topics!

to the internal service area

Digital collections of the libraries

The Gotha Research Library of the University of Erfurt and the Erfurt University Library preserve unique collections of manuscripts, old prints and maps. The Digital Historical Library Erfurt/Gotha provides research-relevant, particularly valuable or frequently used parts of the historical holdings via the internet.

Digital Historical Library Erfurt/Gotha

Thuringia's digital library includes electronic publications, lecture recordings and electronic semester libraries.

Thuringia's Digitale Library

Further e-resources of the University Library

Whether electronic journals, e-books, literature administration programmes or open access – the university library has various digital services, which can also be used off-campus via Shibboleth.

You can find all information on the pages of the University Library.

In addition, as usual, it is possible to search for literature on a topic or a specific book in the library's online catalogue or in the Discovery search portal.

Further virtual services

[Translate to English:] Bücherregale in der Universitätsbibliothek

Erfurt University Library

Erfurt University Library provides various online manuals. For example, you can make yourself fit for research (Fit für die Recherche) or find out about special offers in info pieces (Info-Stücke) and e-tutorials.

contact: information.ub@uni-erfurt.de

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Podcast of the "Lernwerkstatt" of the University of Erfurt

Within its podcast #Werkstattgespräche the "Hochschullernwerkstatt" dedicates several episodes to the topic "Digitisation of higher education teaching". Among others, members of the Task Force "Digital Teaching" as well as lecturers and students of the University of Erfurt have their say.

to podcast (German only)

Further information / contact:

Taskforce Digitale Lehre (Ansprechpersonen)
Professor Gerd Mannhaupt – Vice President forAcademic Affairs
(University of Erfurt)

Moodle rooms of the Task Force

The Task Force Digital Teaching, founded in the summer semester 2020, invites teachers and students to inform themselves about and discuss the topic of digital teaching.

Information for students (Moodle room "Uni Erfurt Digital Studieren")

Information for teachers (Moodle room "Uni Erfurt Digital Lehren")

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