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Date: Feb 04, 2021

Teaching Digitally

Information for lecturers

In light of recent events, we have compiled information on how to prepare learning materials and make them available to your students on eCampus, how to communicate with them and how to conduct your courses online.

We will update this page in the coming weeks.

Please note that not all linked instructions or websites are available in English. We are currently working on the translation of the most important instruction links.

Important notes

Handouts/guidelines for online examinations

Recommendations for the Planning and Executing of Online Examinations

Information Booklet Examination Formats for Online Examinations

Concept and Execution of Open Book Written Examinations

Update of the zoom client necessary

By 30 May 2020 at the latest, the clients for Zoom must be updated so that participation in meetings is still possible.
Through GCM encryption, Zoom thus offers greater protection of meeting data and increased protection against unauthorized access.
The download of the current clients can be found at:

Use Sciebo together with eCampus

Do not store large files on eCampus, but use Sciebo for this purpose.  
Sciebo is a non-commercial cloud storage service for research, study and teaching ( It is possible to connect Sciebo folders with eCampus courses (» Instructions (in german).
Sciebo is particularly secure because the data is stored exclusively in NRW - at universities in Bonn, Duisburg-Essen and Münster.

Do not currently save your recorded videos directly on eCampus

If you have already recorded lectures, please do not upload them to eCampus for streaming at the moment. We are working hard on a real streaming solution, more information will be available next week. If you want to make videos available until then, please use Sciebo.

» Instruction (Connection of Sciebo folders with eCampus courses)

Avoid unnecessary mail attachments

If you have already made your lecture materials (presentations, bibliography, videos) available to your students in eCampus courses or Sciebo folders, you do not need to send these materials to your students as e-mail attachments.

Use VPN connection only when necessary

Please use a VPN connection to the university network only for those systems where it is absolutely necessary (e.g. for certain offers of the ULB) and release the connection afterwards.
For normal work, e.g. on eCampus and with Sciebo, no VPN connection is necessary.


How can I stream my course?

The web conference service of the German Research Network DFN offers video, audio and web conference services and supports online teamwork.

Please note that an excellent internet connection is required for streaming and that their systems and networks are currently overstrained. That is why you should consider which parts of your course need to be live and which parts could be replaced with videos, podcasts or other tools like wikis and forums on eCampus (the latter options all being asynchronous learning strategies).

DFNconf (Pexip)

It is possible to stream with an unlimited number of participants using the conference service DFNconf. This is its advantage over Adobe Connect which only allows a maximum number of 200 participants.

» Instructions

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is ideal for all types of online events - from consultations and small meetings to webinars. Adobe Connect enables online meetings/webinars for up to 200 participants.

» Instructions

How can I hold an online meeting and online consultation?

The web conference service of the German Research Network (DFN) offers the possibility for online meetings (webinars) or online consultation hours.

DFNconf (Prexip)

An online meeting for up to 23 participants can be held via the web conference service DFNconf.

» Instructions

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect enables online meetings/webinars for up to 200 participants.

» Instructions

Adobe Connect (Meeting)

Adobe Connect (Meeting) in eCampus is also part of the DFN service. You can set up an Adobe meeting room directly in your eCampus course, share your own files and desktop, and hold an online meeting.

(This service is currently not available!)

» Instructions

How do I create my own (audio) podcast

An audio podcast is a media file that contains only sound recordings. A big advantage of audio podcasts is that they are easy to create and can be easily integrated into eCampus.

You can record your lectures (talks) as a podcast series. You do not need any special programs for the recording. With a recorder app (Easy Voice Recorder/MP3-Recoder/Dictaphone) of your mobile device you can easily make audio recordings.

Tip: When recording, you should activate the flight mode of your smartphone so that you do not receive any calls. You can use an external microphone for better sound recording.


The sound recordings (mp3 format) can be saved as

  • a podcast series in a Mediacast of an eCampus course or as

  • individual files in an eCampus/Sciebo folder.

The upload size in eCampus is limited to 128MB (per uploaded file).

» Video Tutorial (in German)

How do I do voice-over for my PowerPoint presentation?

With PowerPoint you can record your presentation and play it back as a video. Our following instruction shows you how it works.


The videos (mp4 format) can be stored in a Sciebo folder. You can add the link to this folder in your eCampus course or share the Sciebo folder directly via the item Cloud Object in the eCampus course.

Students do not need to register in Sciebo to view the videos.

» Instructions

How can I provide students with my teaching materials?

1. In an eCampus course

After synchronisation with the corresponding Basis course, an eCampus course is created. Only you as the responsible lecturer and admitted students, who are automatically transferred from BASIS, have access to this eCampus course.

You can add your teaching materials as files in the eCampus course.

The upload size in eCampus is limited to 128MB (per uploaded file).

2. In a Sciebo folder

You can upload your teaching materials to a Sciebo folder.  You can add the link to this folder in your eCampus course or share the Sciebo folder directly in your course by using the item Cloud Objekt.

Students do not have to be registered in Sciebo to use the material from the folder.

 » Instructions

How can I send internal notifications to my course participants within eCampus?

eCampus has an internal e-mail system. This allows you to send messages to individual members as well as to all members of your learning groups.

» Instructions

How can I publish news/messages in an eCampus course?

Page editor (Customize Page)

You can place your messages as text directly on the start page of your eCampus course.

News Blog

You can write your messages in a blog and make it available to course members.

Timeline/News Block

You can activate a timeline or news block in your course. These elements show all events and news of your course in chronological order. Additionally, you can manually add your own news articles to the timeline.

» Instructions

How can I communicate with my students (asynchronously)?


Forums are very well suited for the provision of discussion topics and for the general assistance of learning processes. Since students can also create and comment on contributions, forums are particularly suitable for group work and the collection of topics or questions on specific lecture content that students can also answer among themselves.


Blogs offer an easy way to provide content for your students. Information in text form, images, web links and videos can be integrated. Further interaction with students on the presented topics is possible by activating the commentary function, which enables a topic-related discourse. Course members can also obtain the right to create blogs and write their own blogs.


Polls (anonymous or personalised) are ideal for clarifying simple questions and making appointments. They contain only one question at a time and are displayed in the right column of the eCampus courses or groups. Course members can view the results immediately after their vote or at a specific time.

How can I create collaborative work in eCampus?

eCampus offers the following implemented tools that enable collaborative working.


eCampus offers its own Wiki as a tool that has integrated some functions of well-known Wiki software. Wikis are suitable for joint creation, collection and structuring of content in working groups and teams. Wiki pages can be created and edited by course members.


Sciebo offers an online document editor that enables the joint editing of text documents in real time. For instance, with this tool, course members can give anonymous feedback, create topic lists for presentations or write a joint protocol.

A Sciebo registration or login to access the unlocked Sciebo folder is not required for course members.

» Instructions

Tip: By changing the corresponding Permission settings, content in a Learning Module or Glossary can also be created and edited by group members.

How can I create a space for my students to hand in assignments?


You can create an Exercise with one or more Assignments and specify the time frame in which students should complete them. After the students have handed in their Assignments, e.g. as a file, you will receive an overview with all names and handed in files. You can also send each student a feedback file or a comment.

Further supporting tools and links

Hochschulforum Digitalisierung | Toolsammlung



Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have furhter questions or require more information.


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