Ideas for Digital Teaching

Discover a variety of ways to integrate digital media into your curriculum. To help you design your teaching, we offer a collection of suggestions and ideas here. These suggestions cover different areas and allow you to make the learning process interesting and engaging.

Digital Learning Scenarios
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Digital Learning Scenarios

The advantages of digital learning scenarios lie in their flexibility, interactivity and accessibility. Students can learn independent of time and place, access different learning resources and track their own learning progress. At the same time, teachers can better individualise and personalise the learning process.

We offer a variety of technical solutions to support you in different scenarios.


Enriching Digital Components

Enrichment includes simple forms of adding digital components to face-to-face teaching. This integration makes it possible to tap didactic potential in new ways and to respond more individually to students' learning styles.

  • Files (Scripts)
  • Videos (OpenCast)
  • Audio files
  • Glossaries
  • Learning modules
  • Interactive Presentations

Review & Give Feedback

Digital tests can be used to support active learning and for exams. They also allow for automatic feedback. Learning platforms, in turn, allow students to give each other feedback on seminar papers or their presentations so that they can revise them afterwards.

  • Online tests
  • Self-tests with automatic feedback
  • Exercises with peer feedback
  • Comment functions
  • Surveys
  • Polls
  • eKlausuren (eExams)

Interaction & Collaboration

Learning platforms and collaborative applications contain interactive elements through which students can network, share documents or communicate with tutors and teachers. By using the learning platform, the interaction with the students can be intensified for the teachers.

  • Zoom / Whiteboard
  • Sciebo: synchronous writing
  • Etherpad: synchronous writing
  • Wiki: joint documentation
  • LiveVoting
  • Forums

Play & Animation

Digital learning materials increasingly contain playful elements that have a stimulating effect on the learning process, e.g. smaller elements such as badges, learning progress statuses or motivating references to successfully completed learning units. Playful elements, such as a memory, or interactive presentation models, such as a timeline or interactive pictures and assignment tasks, can support the self-learning process.

  • Badges
  • Enable learning progress
  • Quizzes
  • H5P-Timeline
  • H5P-Memory

Support Self-Study Phases

Digital learning offers have a considerable potential to support self-learning phases more strongly, be it through learning modules and self-contained learning units or through short learning games or formative eTests.
Particularly in self-learning phases and exercises, challenging mathematical tasks can be presented with STACK and semester-long practice can be promoted.

  • ILIAS learning modules
  • Maths tasks with STACK
  • Self-tests
  • H5P learning units

Open Educational Practices

The trend in open educational resources towards more openness and participation is becoming increasingly important. The focus of this model is on the use of high-quality free learning materials that are in the public domain or can be adapted on the basis of free licences.

  • Learning modules
  • H5P elements

Shaping Group Work

Group work is a good way to discuss, prepare and structure what you have learned together. Teachers can create groups in eCampus and assign members. Within these groups, it is possible to specify exactly which activities the group members can carry out. In this way, individual workspaces for groups are created within a course.

  • Groups
  • Extension of rights
  • Sciebo

Activating Students

The activation as well as the interaction and participation of the students are essential for motivation and learning success. The expansion of choice and scope for action, e.g. in the free choice of tasks and the topic of a presentation, can help here.

  • LiveVoting
  • Forums
  • Group work
  • Presentation booking
  • Peer feedback
  • Badges


The main function of ePortfolios is to allow students to create individual collections during their semester or throughout their studies to showcase their competences and reflect on their learning process. Typically, ePortfolios contain work results, such as texts, files, images or videos created during the semester, as well as reflections on one's own learning process or a learning diary.

  • Personal Portfolio (Workspace)
  • Portfolio template
  • Blog

Further Sources on eLearning

Hochschulforum Digitalisierung

...brings together a broad community around digitalisation in studying and teaching.

Digitale Hochschule NRW a cooperation community for establishing the digital transformation of universities in NRW. an offer of the Leibniz Institute for the Design of Higher Education with Digital Media.

Digitaler Freischwimmer an online service of HafenCity Universität Hamburg for media-supported teaching and learning at universities.

Good to know

At the University of Bonn, there is a wide range of offers and formats to promote digital teaching and further education for teachers and staff. To give you an overview, we have compiled a comprehensive list in the eCampus Confluence area.

Use of Texts in Teaching

In online teaching, we must observe copyright law, both for printed and digital media. The Copyright Act (UrhG) regulates the use of media in research and teaching. The rules for the use of works or parts of them in electronic termbooks (e.g. on eCampus) are laid down in § 60a UrhG.

ULB Scanning Service

Do you need articles from journals or books that are available at the ULB Bonn? The free scanning service of the ULB Bonn provides you with digital scans via Sciebo in a timely manner. You can find the order form on ULB Confluence.


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