Design teaching digitally: Seminars and exercise courses

Seminars and exercise courses thrive on the exchange between lecturers and students. There is room for questions and discussions. This is why these formats place special demands on online-based implementation: On this page you will find ways of sharing the content of the seminars and exercise courses with students, for example via screencasts, videos and the provision of teaching materials, but also options for exchanging information with your students via web conferences.

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Produce screencasts, podcasts and videos

Create screencasts

Screencasts are videos in which you record your computer screen and add an audio commentary to it. For example, you can create digital presentations from your lecture slides and make them available to your students in Stud.IP. You can also create pure audio recordings (podcasts). Screencasts and podcasts can be produced with little effort and integrated into existing teaching-learning contexts. Concrete tool recommendations and practical tips can be found below:

Technical requirements: computer, microphone/headset

Free available software:

  • With the Game Bar app (see video below), Windows 10 has its own tool for creating screencasts, which can be used quickly and easily without any post-processing. The Game Bar app is pre-installed.
  • Screencasts can also be created quickly and easily with Opencast Studio (see video below). The application is browser-based and the videos can be downloaded after recording. When combining desktop and webcam recording, two separate files are created.
  • Further configuration and post-processing options for screencast recordings are provided by the Active Presenter software, which is available for Windows and macOS.
  • The screencast and streaming software OBS Studio is not only available for Windows and macOS, but also for Linux users. A short manual can be found on this page of the Ruhr-University Bochum.
  • If you want to record audio separately, you can use the open source programme Audacity.

Software requiring a license:

  • The TU Braunschweig has a campus license of the software Camtasia. Lecturers, teaching staff and research assistants can obtain the software and licence from the GITZ. The functional scope of Camtasia includes screencast recordings and video editing as well as extensive configuration and post-processing options (see video below).

You can find more information on how to use various tools on this website.

Contact person:

Philipp Preuß (Project House)

Creating interactive learning scripts with Stud.IP

Using this representation, you can find the best Stud.IP tool for your teaching situation.

It is advisable to provide additional and interactive content elements via the Stud.IP-Courseware especially for seminars and exercise courses in which self-learning is highly demanded. In this way, you can promote the motivation of your students and stimulate self-directed learning. The integration of face-to-face events with digital content such as videos, texts, images and exercises also offers the possibility to discuss more intensively with students during seminars and exercise courses and to take a closer look at the knowledge content.

In addition to the videos below, you can also find various additional material here:

Contact persons:

Veronika Mayer and Philipp Söchtig (Project House)

Share documents, files and videos online

Provide teaching-learning documents and files

Many seminar concepts require the students to read and revise the reading and exercises in advance. In order to make learning materials available to the students online, you can provide the corresponding documents in the file area of ​​your Stud.IP course.

Provide videos in Stud.IP

You can make videos and screencasts available to students as part of your seminars and exercise courses via file area or OpenCast (lecture recording) in Stud.IP. You can find more information on this in the introductory course »How to: Videos in Stud.IP«.

Contact person:


Provision of teaching and learning literature (UB)

Preferably use digital licenses for literature (especially eBooks, including textbooks) that you find in the catalogue. If literature is not yet digitally available, please contact the University Library team:


They will then try to acquire appropriate digital licences at short notice. If no corresponding licensing is possible, we will provide you with targeted scans of printed literature (as far as copyright permits).

Communicate synchronously with students: Conduct and record webinars and video conferences

Conduct webinars and video conferences

Webinars are online attendance courses in which you can enter into direct exchange with your students. They are well suited for lectures with presentations, e.g. in the form of a lecture, tutorial or an exercise. With additional functions such as a chat function, video function (webcam access for all or only for selected participants), small working groups and virtually writable whiteboards, they offer a variety of interaction possibilities with and between students. Webinars are also well suited for student presentations.

BigBlueButton (BBB) is available for events with up to 150 participants; for larger events, please use Cisco WebEx.

Record webinars

Webinars can be recorded directly during the execution. In this way, you can create teaching and learning material that can be used over the long term and make the recording available to students who could not attend the online session. In this way, you can also use the recording function of the webinar software as an easy-to-use screencast software.

Contact persons: 

Theresa Wegner and Ken Weigel (Project House)

Create online collaboration

A number of free and easy-to-use tools are available for interaction with and between students. An introduction, also to didactics, can be found in our webinar "Collaborative Working with Online Tools" below.

Freely available tools:

  • OnlyOffice in the cloud storage of the TU Braunschweig
  • Collaborative working with virtual whiteboards with Miro
  • Working together on documents with Cryptpad


Do you have any questions? Then you are welcome to contact us via the form on the German website