COVID-19: Current information about digital tools for teaching online

Due to the current situation, we would like to give you a short overview of tools that the University of Oldenburg faculty, staff and students can use to communicate and collaborate online.

This page will be updated as new information and tools are added. Make sure to check back for updates.

If you have any additional questions regarding tools and platforms presented on this page, get in touch with the e-Didactics team at Technical questions and issues with Stud.IP should be addressed to Stud.IP support team at

The E-Didactics team offers online video conference consultations

Starting March 23, you can join us for a videoconference every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10.30 – 11.30 am. This is a chance to talk to us about your plans for teaching online and discuss any questions you may have. Find us here: online video meeting.

You can also drop by if you just want to get a first impression of the video conference system BigBlueButton and try it out.

We also offer online meetings or phone calls upon request at other times. Send us an email

Forum for questions and answers

In the Stud.IP-Community “Hochschuldidaktik” there is an “E-Didaktik” forum. There you have the possibity to ask questions that we will answer in the same place. It would be great if you can post your (written) questions there, because the answers may be useful for others who face similar issues.

Please join as a participant in the Stud.IP course Hochschuldidaktik-Community and go to the “Forum” section there.

The Vice President for Instruction and International Affairs strongly recommends all instructors to use, whenever possible, asynchronous communication. In other words, instructors should make sure to provide all materials and information in such a way so that students can access, read and edit these at any time. Synchronous communication, i.e., one that happens at a fixed time—for instance, video conferences or online classes—should only be happening in those instances when everyone’s simultaneous attendance and communication is required. Video presentations can easily be recorded and viewed at any given time. When using video formats available, bear in mind that some students in rural areas might have a slower connection or limited access to the internet.

When teaching online and working from home, direct communication is usually suspended and it is best to find alternative ways for communicating. Make sure to ask your colleagues and students if they experience difficulties in learning or in their work under the current circumstances. You can use forums and chats for questions and feedback, and to help you estimate whether students can manage assignments and workload. Whenever possible, make sure to mitigate the stress and pressure that currently permeate both our private and professional lives.



You can use different tools in Stud.IP to communicate and clarify the organisation related to your course.



There are different synchronous and asynchronous possibilities of communication available in Stud.IP, with Messages, Forum, Blubber and Meetings.

Inhalte & Materialien

Providing Access to Course Materials

With files, Wikis, Courseware and WordPress blogs there are multiple possibilities in Stud.IP to provide access to course materials.


Creating Course Materials

With this tools you can, e.g. record your class as video or add voice to your slide presentation.



In OnlyOffice you can edit together a text document, presentations or tables. You can also work together in blogs.


Tests and Assignments

With Vips and Clocked you can create self-assessment tests or assignments with a deadline in Stud.IP.

Tipps für die digitale Lehre

Tips for Teaching Online

Along the recommendations and instructions of the possible tools that you can use for designing and developing your online teaching, we would like to provide you with some basic tips for teaching online.

Tipps für Studierende

Tips for Students

For self-determined learning with digital tools we also give some tips for students.

Formats for Digital Teaching

Formats for Digital Teaching

We show you the different tools, or rather tool combinations, that are suitable for lectures, seminars or exercises/tutorials.

Our Tip

If you would like to try out one or more of the tools available on Stud.IP, we recommend creating a study group first. To do this, click on Teaching. In the navigation menu below, you will see My studygroups tab, where you can create a new study group. Once created, you can choose the plugins you’d like to test in the sidebar under Administration. If you want to activate these plugins in your course directly, you can do so by clicking More in the navigation bar.

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