Teaching in winter term 2020_21

The Leuphana University is a traditional university. The faculties and schools want to take this aspect into account as much as possible in the coming semester, in conjunction with the good experiences with digital teaching from the summer semester. Thus, depending on the epidemiological development and the necessary protective measures in connection with it, in the winter semester 2020/21 it will also be possible to offer courses in which teachers and some of the students are present on campus. Even if the number of people allowed per room is reduced due to the distance rules, synchronous teaching with all students can be achieved with the support of digital technology. This is reflected in the new versions of the annexes to the framework examination regulations and is supplemented by current guidelines on hygienic conditions.

In the winter semester, Leuphana is focusing on the greatest possible flexibility in the implementation of teaching and allows four different formats for the implementation of teaching. Use the navigation bar on the left to access the specifications of the following four course formats:

  •  In so-called hybrid formats, lecturers work simultaneously with students on site and with students who are connected online.
  •  Digital formats are also possible. For this purpose, a broad repertoire of tools as well as the positive experiences of the past months can be used.
  •  In exceptional cases, the full-presence format can also be chosen.
  •  Combinations of hybrid, digital and/or presence teaching are also possible. This may also mean an interaction of synchronous and asynchronous elements. The combined format allows a lot of flexibility, but also requires a lot of transparency and intensive communication with the students.

Due to these flexible possibilities, students are faced with the challenge of quickly switching between classroom and online formats of consecutive courses. For students who do not live close enough to the campus to participate in the online session from home, it is planned to provide some rooms for student workplaces in the winter semester. The special challenges that may arise from this situation should nevertheless be taken into account when planning the courses and should also be discussed with the students.

On this page and the corresponding sub-pages you will find both central documents to help you plan and prepare for the winter semester as well as a number of pedagogical considerations regarding the choice of format and conception of your course(s). To ensure that students are also informed, all lecturers are requested to include appropriate information on the planned design of the course(s) in the myStudy course descriptions. Here you will find a guide for myStudy course descriptions.

Main Documents and Guidelines

Guide for myStudy

In order for students to be able to plan their semester well, they require information on how their courses will take place. Therefore, all lecturers are requested to provide appropriate information on the planned format of the courses in the myStudy course descriptions. The guide for completing the myStudy course descriptions may be useful for this.

Annexes from the Examination Regulations

The new versions of the annexes 12, 13 and 18 published on 7 August 2020 of the Examination Regulations provide detailed information about the possibilities of alternative courses (§2) and examinations (§3) (only available in German)

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, alternatives to the examination in attendance are available for each examination format.


For the rules of distance and thus also for the maximum number of participants in the room, the hygiene regulations, as approved by the Presidium on 27 May 2020 is decisive. It also gives numerous hints regarding room ventilation, cleaning and other protective measures. Please visit the Guideline for the protection of members and guests of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg from Sars-Cov-2 infections and for the fight against the pandemic (only available in German, VPN required).

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.

Teaching Design

In the beginning of the summer semester, the switch to digital formats had to be made very quickly. There is more time available to prepare for the winter semester and you as a lecturer can build on a variety of experiences with digital formats and tools. Some lecturers appreciate the greater scope for creative freedom, and - despite the continued need for Sars-CoV-2-related protective measures - are once again giving more thought on learning goals, their own teaching preferences and resources in planning their courses. In retrospect, others evaluate the necessary use of digital formats and tools in the summer semester as a gain in flexibility in course design. This can now be used even more consciously.

Limited presence, on the other hand, is accompanied by other challenges. For instance, it is necessary to master the technical aspects of hybrid teaching in a very practical way and to enable interaction between students who are physically present and those participating via video conference.

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.

Services und 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.