Etherpads represent a low-threshold entry into web-based collaboration that does not require any prior knowledge.

The Leuphana Etherpad is an easy-to-use text editor and allows an easy exchange of information and direct communication both simultaneously (synchronous) and time-shifted (asynchronous). If you use Etherpad together with your students at agreed times (e.g. at the time your course takes place), you can enter into direct exchange with each other. Wheras communication via messengers such as WhatsApp takes places only linearly, Etherpad allows you to structure it and organize it topic specific. The users are anonymous at first, but can mark their contributions with a name abbreviation. The contributions of the individual participants are then marked with different colours. Regular sorting of the contents prevents possible confusion. You can share materials as a link through Etherpad, but you cannot upload them on the pad itself. Further, students can create their own pads for their group work. An etherpad can also be very useful when planning courses: It is suitable for short, quick arrangements and coordination as well as for more complex tasks such as the joint development of a seminar or conference plan. At the end of the event, the pad can be left as documentation for further use.

Please do not publish sensitive data on the pad, as it can be accessed by anyone who knows the address.

A short manual for Etherpad can be found here.

Leuphana University Lueneburg is able to provide Etherpad Lite. You can download Etherpad here within a few moments.

The central functions of Etherpad are:

  • easy-to-use editor
  • each author is assigned a colour
  • Arrangements amongst students or between students and lecturer can be made parallel in the chat
  • Export conversations to common formats like PDF and DOC
  • Easy tracking of actions or comments through versioning

For advice and didactic support on possible uses and application functions of Etherpad, please contact Rosa Arnold, Digital Learning Specialist in the Leuphana Teaching Service.

Recommendation: Also use the open discussion forums for collegial exchange on Etherpad and other digital tools for teaching. In these discussion forums you can exchange ideas on a collegial level on topics, questions, experiences, etc. concerning the digital summer semester. If you click on the following link, you must first register with Moodle. Please use your myStudy username and password. You can access the forums here.


Do you have any questions about the functionalities and didactic application possibilities of Etherpad?
If so, please contact the Support Team Digital Teaching at