Distance Teaching

  • Our new Moodle release is available from April 6th, featuring the automatic integration of Jogustine.
  • As of April 4th automated access to Panopto for teachers is provided via Moodle.
  • As of March 28th, Skype for Business is available to all students. (Teaching staff can schedule video conferences and participate, students can participate).

Your questions concerning digital and remote teaching at JGU will be answered at digitale-lehre@uni-mainz.de. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

With regard to the current situation, we are still experiencing considerable restrictions on teaching for the  semester. To be able to provide learning and teaching services even under yet unclear conditions, we will support you in developing remote digital solutions.

You can find ideas and suggestions in our GUIDE TO DIGITAL TEACHING.

Of course, classroom teaching and joint discussions cannot be transferred seamlessly into virtual space. In addition to technical requirements, digital formats also require special preparation and are more strenuous for most students and teaching staff than classroom teaching – not least because they are often unfamiliar.

On this website, we have put together some ideas, tips, and instructions to help you use digital tools to compensate for the loss of classroom courses.

Of course, the members of the teaching staff are free to use the products they wish to use for their teaching. However, in the interest of the students and in order to offer you the best possible, up-to-date and bundled support, we ask you to use JGU-provided software and services as far as possible.

In order to provide all of the students with the opportunity to take part in digital courses, we ask you to make sure that your materials are fully accessible. You can find information on how to make your learning materials fully accessible in our GUIDE TO DIGITAL TEACHING.

Information on how to deal with questions such as mandatory attendance, active participation, workload, etc. will soon be available via the Learning and Teaching department. However, you are welcome to send your question to digitale-lehre@uni-mainz.de.

What do I need for successful digital and remote teaching?

Of course, software and great teaching concepts for digital courses can only be successfully implemented if you have operational devices. We know that not every workspace is equipped for remote work yet, and the campus infrastructure is not available for people working from home. The University Data Center (ZDV) answers basic technical questions about working from home on their website, and information about electronic media resources is available on the University Library's website (German only).

Equipment for digital teaching:

  • For many digital teaching scenarios, access to a reasonably up-to-date computer (desktop computer or laptop) is sufficient. (The institutes/faculties are responsible for their lecturers' equipment.)
  • For audio recordings, the microphone integrated in your laptop or tablet is usually sufficient in a quiet environment. Recording quality can be improved by using a headset, or a mobile phone or smartphone can be used.
  • The above-mentioned equipment is also sufficient for direct calls, for example via Skype for Business. A headset is recommended for smooth sound transmission.
  • For video recordings and for real-time video conferencing, the integrated camera in your laptop or tablet is usually sufficient, while external cameras (such as webcams) can facilitate recording, and solutions using mobile phones or smartphones are also possible. For recordings, we recommend the Panopto-Recorder (also available as a mobile app).

Where can I find further information and suggestions?

There is a vast number of websites offering information, discussion and advice around the topic of digital teaching. Due to the current situation, many institutions and individuals have already created countless webpages.

At JGU you can find the most important technical information (especially about e-learning tools, software and platforms) on the e-learning page of the ZDV (currently in German only).

The Center for Audio-visual Production (ZAP) provides information and advice on e-learning services and on how to produce audio-visual media. (currently in German only)

University didactics at the Center for Quality Assurance and Development (ZQ) provides advice on didactic topics.

Virtual Campus Rhineland-Palatinate (VCRP) has set up an webpage on "Digital Teaching against Corona" in addition to its regular services. (currently in German only)

The German Forum for Higher Education in the Digital Age (HFD), the joint initiative of German
Rectors’ Conference (HRK), Stifterverband and Centre for Higher Education (CHE), provide information on digital tools and options on their service website and collect links to other services.

JGU services for digital teaching

Panopto auf video.uni-mainz.de (Link zur Homepage)
BigBlueButton (Link zur Homepage)
JGU-LMS (Link zur Homepage)