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Please do not publish sensitive data on the pad, as it can be accessed by anyone who knows the address.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