Design teaching digitally: Lectures

A lecture can be designed online-based in different ways. There are many ways to ensure that your lecture can also be used online to help students learn. From lecture recordings to specially designed, supplementary content to self-tests and learning progress checks. On this page we show you how and with which tools you can design your lecture online.

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Lecture recording in the lecture hall

The recording system in the lecture hall can be used either to record the usual lecture or to produce shorter teaching-learning videos, for example by using the document camera. In the compact online course "Lecture recordings" you will receive bundled instructions on how to use the system. Upon completion of the course, you will be provided with a personal video ID as a PDF file, which you can use to start the recording technology in the lecture hall. You can print out the PDF or bring it with you on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Further information on lecture recording can be found here.

Registration for the necessary online course in Stud.IP 

Current note: The recording and provision of lectures in the lecture hall are ready for use. Due to peak workloads, performance problems may occasionally occur while editing videos. These may not be assigned to the corresponding profile, or may be assigned to it with a delay. For this reason, we ask you to carry out test recordings in advance of important recordings and to contact the contact persons listed below in case of problems. In this context, please also take a look at the introductory video for the lecture recording in the online course (registration see above) to avoid further sources of error.

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)

Share documents, files and videos online

Provide teaching-learning documents and files

In order to provide your students with files and documents e.g. for the preparation or postprocessing of your lecture, you can use the cloud storage service of TU Braunschweig as well as the file area of your course in Stud.IP. Stud.IP offers extensive possibilities to provide, exchange or submit files.

Provide videos in Stud.IP

It is useful to provide teaching content in the form of videos or screencasts to prepare and follow up your lecture. This gives you more time for questions and discussions or to provide more in-depth content for engaged students. If you have created videos or screencasts for your lecture, you can make them available in Stud.IP. You can find more information in the introductory course »How to: Videos in Stud.IP«.



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

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)

(A)synchronous communication with students

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

Self-tests, checking the learning progress of students

By integrating self-tests for students using the "Vips" tool in the "Courseware" as well as the progress indicator, you receive feedback on the knowledge level and learning progress of your students and can repeat or adjust content in the lecture accordingly.

In addition to the videos below, you will find additional material here:

Contact persons:

Veronika Mayer and Philipp Söchtig (Project House)


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