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.
If you have individual support requests, we will be more than happy to call you back and identify possible solutions together. Please use the form on the German website and we will contact you as soon as possible.
Produce screencasts, podcasts and videos
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:
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).
Creating interactive learning scripts with Stud.IP
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:
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.
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.
Webinars can be easily set up and conducted using the Big Blue Button (BBB) tool. Please note that the service supported by the Gauß IT-Zentrum is currently under construction and capacities and features will be gradually extended. At the moment, there may still be peaks in capacity utilisation, we ask for your understanding.
Currently the following features are available in BBB:
Communication between teaching staff and students via audio, video and text
Uploading and showing presentations (we recommend converting Office documents or PowerPoint presentations into PDF files, otherwise the conversion will be done automatically by BBB)
Integration in Stud.IP
Active markings / notes in documents (e.g. pointer, zoom function and marking function) and jointly writable whiteboards
Chat and notes function among all participants or send private messages to individual, selected participants (incl. storage option
Creation of subordinate group work rooms including random, selected or self-chosen assignment of participants
Cisco WebEx is an externally operated web conferencing system purchased by the TU Braunschweig. It contains different program parts for different event types. It can be used for events with up to 1,000 persons. The roll-out of the accounts has been carried out by the IT coordinator on 09.04. Furthermore, the facility managers have been given access to the respective function accounts of the facilities. You can find more information here. If you, as a teacher, have not yet been granted access via your DP coordinator, please contact them directly.
WebEx comprises the modules Meetings, Events and Training, which are suitable for various purposes:
Meetings: video conferences e.g. with colleagues; consultations; consultation hours
Events: one-to-many communication, e.g. for lectures or presentations
Trainings: one-to-many communication with interactive elements, e.g. for seminars or lectures with activating components (including self-tests and up to 100 breakout rooms)
We have documented the core functions of the WebEx modules for you on screenshots:
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.
In the central controls of your WebEx transmission at the bottom of the screen, with which you can also set microphone and webcam access, for example, you will find a record button. This allows you to start or stop the recording at any time.
You can find your WebEX records in your personal WebEx room under "Records". Please note that the recordings are always displayed in the personal area of the account that created the event or room. You can also download WebEx recordings from the recording area and then make them available in Stud.IP using the lecture recording. All information about making videos available in Stud.IP can be found here.
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