Digital Teaching Made Simple

In order to make it as easy as possible for you as lecturers at Leuphana University to get started with digital teaching, you will find supporting information on this page. These are primarily intended to help you in times of the coronavirus to convert your courses originally designed as classroom teaching.

The goal is to enable you to carry out your courses well despite a break in physical attendance. For this purpose, we have put together some rather low-threshold means in order to show you how you can use and expand the possibilities of myStudy that you are already familiar with (e.g. using the myStudy forum for exchange and discussion or uploading podcasts or PowerPoint slides that include audio commentary by you).

Recommendation: Also use the open discussion forums for collegial exchange on digital tools and their didactic applications. 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.

  • MyStudy - Discussion Forum and Group Work
  • Create and Use E-Mail Distribution Lists from myStudy
  • How Do I Create Powerpoint Presentations with Recordings that Accompany the Slides?
  • Creating Audio Files
  • Written Exchange/ Discussion in the Group (also simultaneously): Etherpad
  • Useful Downloads (Manuals, Handouts etc.)
  • Further Support and Contact

MyStudy - Discussion Forum and Group Work

In the myStudy forum, discussions can be held and thematically sorted contributions can be created by all participants. This is particularly useful if you would like to work together systematically on content during the semester and rely on a high level of student participation. You will find the myStudy Forum as a tab in the navigation bar at the top of your course page.

In addition, you can create work groups on myStudy, assign students to these groups and send messages to them. You will also find the function "Groups" as a tab at the top of the navigation bar of your course.

In addition, the basic functions of myStudy offer many options for submitting work tasks and sharing materials (texts, videos, audios, web links). For example, you can subdivide the material folder and create a subfolder for each session in which you provide texts, task sheets, links and/or audio files. Further, you can assign separate access rights for each subfolder.

A short manual for the most important functions (including the myStudy forum in chapter 5 and the function "Groups" in chapter 6) can be found here.

You will receive detailed instructions after your myStudy login here.

Access myStudy  here.

Technical Requirements:myStudy Login, systematics for material, systematics for forum, if applicable: concept for working groups

Create and Use E-Mail Distribution Lists from myStudy

Another way to enter into an exchange with your students is via e-mail. In addition to sending messages directly via myStudy, the platform offers the possibility of creating a mailing list for your mail program which you can then expand as you wish or limit to certain participants.

After you have opened up the list of participants of your course on your myStudy profle in the tab 'Registration' under 'Export' (at the bottom of the page), copy the mail addresses listed there and paste them into the address bar of your e-mail program (preferably as bcc:). This enables you to share your content as an e-mail attachment directly and without having to log in to myStudy again, and to determine the group of recipients variably. By selecting the address bar cc: or bcc: you control whether students can reply only to you or to all participants, which can be useful for both, but in the latter case can also lead to confusing communication. In order for you to make it easy for students to assign your e-mail to the right course, please choose a meaningful subject (recurring if necessary).

A short instruction on how to create a mailing list from myStudy can be found here, in Chapter 7.

Access Pronto or, alternatively, use your individual email address (if applicable via Thunderbird  or alternative email clients)

Technical Requirments:myStudy-Login, excel, mailing program

How Do I Create Powerpoint Presentations with Recordings that Accompany the Slides?

If you (want to) use the program PowerPoint to transmit the contents of your course, you can also record a text synchronously to your slides with very little effort. Such presentations offer the possibility to integrate personal auditory elements in addition to visual information and enable your students to learn 'almost like in a lecture hall'. The finished presentation can then be uploaded to myStudy, for example in the subfolder of the corresponding session. Additionally, you can use the myStudy forum or etherpad for students' questions and comments.

Instructions for adding audio to individual slides as well as for saving and sharing your entire presentation including the audio track as a small 'movie' can be found here:

The permitted file size for uploads to myStudy has been increased. However, in the case of very elaborate presentations, the file may still be too large. In this case, we recommend splitting the presentation into several sub-presentations and uploading the individual parts. Please also check whether you can do without very data-intensive elements such as integrated videos, for example by just linking the videos in question instead. Further,Slides that have been converted to pdf plus an additional audio recording can still be an alternative. Information on how to create audio recordings with simple means and upload them to myStudy can be found further down on this page.

Instructions on how to create podcasts and screencasts are available.

Access locally on your computer, after completion of your slides

Technical Requirements:PowerPoint program (Office package), microphone (via Headset or built into your computer), myStudy for sharing

Creating Audio Files

Of course, you can also record lectures or presentations completely independently of PowerPoint and a set of slides. We recommend either the voice recorder installed on your smartphone or the system programs for Microsoft Windows or MacOS. On Windows 10 you will find the corresponding app with the search term 'voice recorder', in which you can also easily set time stamps and thus mark sections. With MacOs, you are best advised if you use the QuickTime program. After saving the file and assigning a meaningful file name, you can send it by e-mail or upload it to myStudy for your students. hochladen.

Access locally on your smartphone or computer

Technical Requirements: Voice Recoding app on your smartphone or computer, access to the storage location, mailing program or mystudy for sharing

Written Exchange/ Discussion in the Group (also simultaneously): Etherpad

The Leuphana etherpad is an easy-to-use text editor and allows easy information exchange and direct communication both simultaneously (synchronous) and time-shifted (asynchronous). If you use your 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. Unlike messenger services like WhatsApp & Co. which only allows for linear communicatio, etherpad can also be structured and used topic specific. The users within the virtual room are anonymous at first, but can mark their contributions with a name abbreviation. The option to regularly sort the content further prevents a possible confusion. Please note that you can share materials as a link, but you cannot upload them on the pad itself. Furthermore, students can create their own pads for their group work.

Finally, an etherpad can also be of great use 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 quick guide for Etherpad can be found here.

A short field report of a Leuphana lecturer can be found here (only in German).

Access Etherpad here.

Technical Requirements: Browser

Useful Downloads (Manuals, Handouts etc.)

Download the following documents. This will provide you with all the important information you need for the digital conversion of your course offerings:

1. Digital Teaching - Introduction (PDF with the contents from this page)

2. Digital Teaching - MyStudy

3. Digital Teaching - Leuphana Etherpad

4.Tool Guide - Orientation Guide to Possible Applications of Various Digital Tools

5. MIZ Information - MyStudy for Lecturers

Further Support and Contact

With the exception of the Etherpad, with which you can also work directly and interactively with your students at the same time, regardless of their location, all other digital platforms and tools are primarily designed for use regardless of the time of the event (asynchronous). Other digital platforms and tools such as moodle, the academic cloud or video conferencing are presented elsewhere on our website.

On the following pages you will find further support:

1. Portal Digital Platforms and Tools
2. General Support & Tools for Lecturers:
For questions and individually required support, please contact theLeuphana Teaching Service at lehrservice@leuphana.de.