Current Semester

The courses at Leuphana University of Lüneburg started on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in an initially university-wide digital summer semester. In the month of April, all courses were held digitally.

The Executive Board will decide on a possible return to (partial) attendance on the basis of comprehensive internal consultations step by step

  •  by April 16 at the latest for the month of May
  •  by May 14 at the latest for the month of June
  •  by June 18 at the latest for the month of July and the implementation of the examination phase.

For this purpose, the development dynamics of the pandemic, the vaccination progress and the legal and political framework conditions are continuously evaluated.

Even in the event of a possible return of the university to a face-to-face mode, all teachers can also continue and finish their courses digitally in the summer semester 2021. In addition, the following formats are possible:

  •  In hybrid formats, instructors act simultaneously with students on site as well as with students who are connected online.
  •  In exceptional cases, the full-present format can also be chosen.
  •  In addition, combinations of hybrid, digital and/or face-to-face teaching are possible. This may also mean an interplay of synchronous and asynchronous elements. The combined format allows a lot of flexibility, but also requires a lot of transparency and intensive communication towards the students.

However, for the summer semester 2021, all teachers who would like to return to face-to-face teaching - if possible - are asked to continue to work in hybrid form as far as possible, in order to enable students who, for example, cannot or do not want to continue to attend face-to-face courses due to individual risk situations, to participate in their studies in the best possible way. Exceptions here also concern practical and artistic courses, courses in laboratories or with a special didactic concept, and internships.

Digital Teaching and Learning Culture

In order to make joint teaching and learning in digital or hybrid settings as productive, transparent and fair as possible, the following recommendations have been developed in the participation of teachers, students (AStA and STuPa) as well as deans, deans of studies, the executive committee, the teaching service and other colleagues. They are not legally binding, but should rather serve as a guideline for good cooperation between teachers and students, although they still have to be specified in the respective courses. Furthermore, the contents are only to be understood as a snapshot and are to be subject to continuous, reflected further development.

Recommendations for an Open and Fair Digital Teaching and Learning Culture

Annexes from the Examination Regulations

The new versions of the annexes 12, 13 and 18 of the Examination Regulations provide detailed information about the possibilities of alternative courses (§2) and examinations (§3) (only available in German)

Summer Semester - published on March 12th 2021

Winter Semester - published on April 28th 2021

You as a lecturer decide, in consultation with your Dean of Studies and the respective programme coordinators, in which event format your course should be held.

As in the summer semester 2020 and winter semester 2020/2021, alternatives to the examination in attendance are available for each examination format.

Sars-Cov-2 Hygiene Directive

At Leuphana University of Lüneburg, two hygiene guidelines regulate the measures to protect university members and guests from infection with the coronavirus (Sars-Cov-2). The current versions were adopted by the Presidential Board on 27 January 2021 and require unconditional compliance.

 (both only available in German).

Teaching Design

In addition to digital teaching-learning formats, the implementation of hybrid teaching is a particular challenge. Alongside to taking technical aspects into account, forms of interaction between students who are physically present and those who participate via video conference must also be developed.

Starting Points

In the following you will find some ideas that may be helpful in the concrete design of your learning-teaching settings and the selection of the course format.

  • What are the learning objectives of the course? Which competences should your students acquire or deepen?
  • In which way should students acquire knowledge and competences and which learning settings support them in doing so?
  • Which technical methods can be used in a didactically meaningful way to convey content and meet the learning needs of the students?
  • For which elements is presence on campus indispensable and at which points can digital scenarios support your students learning?
  • With hybrid teaching: How do you enable a rotating presence? How do you give the same attention to those students present and those connected online?
  • In what way can asynchronous forms of teaching and knowledge transfer support synchronous teaching didactically?

Learning as Cooperation

Learning is - as many students and teachers experienced and missed in the past semester - also a social matter. But which collaborative and cooperative forms of learning are useful for online and hybrid teaching?
The navigator Learning and Working collaboratively in Online Environments (only available in German) provides valuable suggestions for tools and for suitable collaborative and cooperative learning activities.

Transparency and Communication

Experiences from the digital summer semester have shown that 

  •      a binding and transparent teaching organisation,
  •      the communication between teachers and students and between students
  •      the interaction and group processes and
  •      a continuous feedback

have special importance. This applies to online teaching, and is expected to become even more important for mixed formats such as hybrid teaching. It can therefore be helpful to develop ideas for the relationship between you as a teacher and your students as early as the course planning stage, in addition to technical and methodological questions.

Latest Information

Current and basic information on the start of the semester, examinations and teaching activities were and are communicated via the central distribution lists and can be accessed here at any time.

Service & Support

Do you have questions about the implementation of hybrid or digital teaching-learning formats? Whether they are of a more technical or didactic nature; the Support Team Digital Teaching will be pleased to assist you. Please send your questions to digi-support@leuphana.de.

Information especially for students concerning hybrid and digital teaching or the use of online tools can be found on the website for Student Digi-Support. In addition, the Student Digi-Support Team is happy to answer individual questions via stud.digi-support@leuphana.de.