Change to Virtual Lecture Formats due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus

Owing to the current coronavirus situation, the eLearning team at Hochschule Geisenheim University is making every effort to provide you with digital alternatives to classroom teaching. In this context, the focus will be on formats that can be implemented quickly and easily so that you as a lecturer and your students can make up for any canceled face-to-face lectures and classes as much as possible.

1. Create a lecture "podcast" with onboard resources ( >>> Handout <<< )

One way of providing students a learning environment that is similar to a lecture is the production of podcasts or audio recordings. These podcasts can be made available online alongside PDF slides.

You can send your completed audio files together with the corresponding PDF file to the eLearning team, which will then save them in ILIAS for you.

2. Create PowerPoint-based videos with audio recordings  ( >>> Handout <<< )

Another option is creating videos in PowerPoint. The individual slides are supplied with an audio recording and the entire presentation is then exported as a video.

3. Creating screen captures with Screencast-O-Matic ( >>> Handout <<< )
Additional possibilities are provided by free online tools, with which you can make your computer screen available online as a video with sound.
The advantage of this approach is that you can add explanatory comments to the content irrespective of the format (e.g. PDF, Word, PowerPoint, etc.). Videos generated in this way can be made available to your students anywhere and at any time.

3. Using webinars and video conferencing for virtual lectures and meetings

The German Research Network (DFN) has a large number of video, audio and web conferencing facilities on offer through its DFNconf service:

Adobe Connect (>>> Handout <<< )

  • Web conference platform for webinars for up to 200 participants
  • Participation via mobile devices and by phone
  • Three roles: participant, presenter, organizer
  • Data presentation, document release, surveys
  • Restrictions on Linux operating system (due to HTML5 compatibility)

Pexip from DFNconf (handout to follow)

  • Pure video conference platform for up to 20 participants
  • The number of participants is unlimited with the streaming option
  • Two roles: guest and host

We would be pleased to respond to any questions you may have regarding the Adobe Connect or Pexip tools and to set up the corresponding meeting rooms for you. Please contact the eLearning team at Hochschule Geisenheim University directly.