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Digital tools for teaching and learning

There are countless digital tools that can be used for teaching. Here you can find the tools that are tested and recommended by Paderborn University. These tools are DSGVO (GDPR) compliant and can be used for teaching.

Currently, a dedicated team is assessing the usability of further tools. If they can be applied for our purposes, these additional tools will be provided by the University of Paderborn to support teaching in the coming semester, related information updates will be posted on this website.

Learning platform

Paderborn University uses Moodle 3.5, a comprehensive learning platform. At UPB it is called PANDA (Paderborn Assistance System for Messages, Data and Exchange). https://panda.uni-paderborn.de/?lang=en

PANDA offers diverse means to provide material such as files, web pages, videos, lessons and books. In addition, there is a wide range of features for learning activities that allow students to communicate, collaborate or use formative assessments such as tasks or automatically* evaluated tests.

    *if open questions are used in tests, they must be corrected by hand

Video creation / Video editing

Video creation as home production

SNAGIT - is a simple recording program where you can switch between webcam and screencast. Currently available until the end of June as a free version without watermark. You only have to fill out an application form: https://discover.techsmith.com/remote-techsmith/

Tutorial: https://www.techsmith.de/tutorial-snagit.html

Set the PowerPoint to sound:

It’s the easiest way to set existing PowerPoint files into sound. This feature is already available in PowerPoint from version 2010. At the beginning a test recording should be made so that it is clear when the recording of the sound starts. To ensure that nothing on the recording is missing. Manual of the IMT with screenshots: https://hilfe.uni-paderborn.de/PowerPoint_-_Pr%C3%A4sentationen_mit_Ton

 Explanation video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNwG50D2iiQ

On the Mac please use Keynote instead: https://support.apple.com/de-de/guide/keynote/tan8a5df9cc5/mac

Record videos with PANDA:

Two-minute videos and audio recordings can be recorded in the Editor in PANDA and will be included at the appropriate point in the course.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4HnWANEJNM&t=18s

Video editing programs

VLC Player - free license - rudimentary tool to make easy cuts in the recorded video, with simple effects (e.g. brighten video). https://www.vlchelp.com/cut-trim-videos-with-vlc-media-player/

DaVinci Resolve - freely installable professional video editing system from Blackmagic, comparable in functionality to Adobe Premiere. Usable for Mac, Windows and Linux. https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/de/products/davinciresolve/

Camtasia - Professional editing and screencasting software with integration of webcam in your own content. Addition: Laptops with a full version of Camtasia can be rented from the IMT Media. It is also possible to obtain licenses for home video production via the IMT.

The Fernuni Hagen offers an introductory course for using Camtasia via their own Moodle: https://ekoo.fernuni-hagen.de/neues-angebot-offene-selbstlernkurse-zur-digitalen-hochschullehre/

iMovie for IOS users on iPhone and iPad for easy video production: https://www.apple.com/de/imovie/

Studio and recording facilities in the IMT

The IMT has wide reception facilities.  Video modules of system relevant courses can be pre-produced at the campus, in lecture halls with recording systems. Due to limited production capacities, prioritisation is necessary. Lecturers can register their requirements via the IMT ticket system (imt(at)upb(dot)de).

Life-Feedback-Systems (ARS)

There are several life feedback systems, often also known as Audience-Response Systems (ARS).

These systems can be used in face-to-face lectures to check the current state of knowledge of the students. However, some systems also offer the function of providing a chat wall as an anonymous wall of questions over a longer period or offer the possibility of anonymous self-testing of the content.

PINGO

PINGO stands for "Peer Instruction for very large groups" and is the web-based live feedback system for teaching at Paderborn University to activate students, especially in large courses.

Just as Günther Jauch uses the audience joker to involve studio viewers in the quiz show "Wer wird Millionär", lecturers can use PINGO to get their students out of their traditionally passive role and actively involve them in the lecture. They can answer questions asked by the lecturer during the course of using their smartphones, tablets or laptops.  Only one question can be asked at a time but this can be repeated to compare the results before and after the peer instruction. A tutorial for PINGO can be found here.

TWEEDBACK

Tweedback is a German web-based voting system supported by the EU. Besides different types of questions, it also has a (moderated) chat wall and status displays for life events. It can be used by teachers without login. However, we recommend registration, as this allows the questions and chat wall to be used asynchronously by students over a period of several days.

 

ARSNOVA

ARSnova is a freely usable voting system developed at the Technical University of Central Hessen. Lecturers need a login for ARSnova. A guest access can be used for a limited time, but then the sessions cannot be prepared or stay open for a long time. ARSnova offers various functions, besides questions for live feedback (which can be provided with pictures) there is also the possibility to collect anonymous questions and comments from students and to set preparation tasks which can be answered anonymously and where the correct answers are shown to the students afterwards. Documentation

 

PleaseFeedback.com

Anonymous feedback on workshops and events. The tool BitteFeedback allows an easy creation of feedback questions e.g. for use at events. Neither the person creating nor the persons giving feedback need to register for use. Questions can be asked openly or with multiple-choice evaluation. Links are generated to fill out the feedback form and to view the results. Try out the tool

 

Fragmich.xyz

Question and answer rounds with digital support. The tool Fragmich.xyz supports the design of question-answer-rounds during events. Moderators can start a question and answer session on any topic and choose a code to do so. Then they give this code to the participants. They can enter their questions and rate all questions. Finally, all questions are presented in the order in which they were rated. The tool can be used openly. It does not require registration/login. Try out the tool

The texts for BitteFeedback.de and Fragmich.xyz are licensed by Nele Hirsch under CC-BY under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Kollaboratives Arbeiten

Zum gemeinsamen Erarbeiten von Texten bietet unsere Lernplattform PANDA (Moodle) die beiden Aktivitäten Etherpad und Wiki.

Etherpad

ist ein webbasierter Texteditor, der für kollaboratives Arbeiten geeignet ist.

Vorteile:

  • synchrones / asynchrones Bearbeiten
  • Änderungen sind sofort in Echtzeit sichtbar
  • der Text von einzelnen Nutzer*innen ist farblich markiert und somit zuzuordnen
  • mit Zeitschieberegler können Änderungen nachvollzogen werden (sowie herauskopiert, wenn versehentlich etwas gelöscht wurde)
  • zusätzlicher Chat zur Metakommunikation
  • Zwischenstände lassen sich als einzelne Versionen speichern

Nachteile:

  • nur wenige Formatierungsmöglichkeiten
  • ausschließlich Text oder Links

https://hilfe.uni-paderborn.de/Kurs:_Etherpad_Lite

https://blog.e-learning.tu-darmstadt.de/2019/08/29/tool-tipp-etherpad/

Wiki

ein Wiki bietet die Möglichkeit mit den Nutzer*innen gemeinsam Inhaltsseiten zu erstellen und bearbeiten

Vorteile:

  • kann aus verschiedenen Unterseiten bestehen,
  • Verlinkungen zwischen Seiten sind möglich
  • vielfältige Formatierungsmöglichkeiten (Editor oder HTML)
  • auch Bilder und Videos können eingefügt werden
  • es kann eine Wiki-Aktivität angelegt werden, in dem jede Gruppe ein eigenes Unterwiki hat
  • im Wiki-Modus kann auch angelegt werden, dass jede*r Nutzer*in ein eigenes Wiki hat (nur von Nutzer*in und Lehrenden einsehbar)

Nachteile:

  • nur asynchron nutzbar
  • ist für ungeübte Nutze*innen etwas verwirrend. Tipp: Erste Wiki-Seiten anlegen und mit Content füllen
  • es gibt keine Benachrichtigung auf welchen Seiten etwas geändert wurde (das gilt auch für die Diskussion die zu jeder Wikiseite geführt werden kann)

 https://www.e-learning.tu-darmstadt.de/werkzeuge/moodle/moodle_faq/moodle_faq_lehrende/artikel_details_30592.de.jsp

Sciebo – die NRW Campuscloud

Ist ein kostenloser Cloud-Speicherdienst von und für Hochschulen in NRW, der das Speichern, Teilen und Synchronisieren von hochschulbezogenen Daten ermöglicht.

Vorteile:

  • universitäre Betreiber in NRW garantieren Datenverarbeitung nach deutschem Datenschutz
  • alle Studierende haben 30 GB kostenlos verfügbaren Speicher
  • bietet die Möglichkeit der gemeinsamen Bearbeitung von Texten, Tabellen, Präsentationen
  • umfangreiche Formatierungsmöglichkeiten, ähnlich wie in Office
  • synchrones Bearbeiten ist möglich, wenn alle User von einer Hochschule sind und sich in Sciebo eingeloggt haben
  • bearbeiten von Dokumenten ist auch mit Gastzugang möglich, dann aber nicht synchron
  • Sciebo Dateien können in PANDA Kursen genutzt werden: Anleitung

Nachteile:

  • beim synchronen Bearbeiten darf nicht der DesktopClient genutzt werden, sonst entstehen Konfliktdateien
  • obwohl Daten redundant gespeichert werden, kann ein Datenverlust nicht ausgeschlossen werden

https://hilfe.uni-paderborn.de/Sciebo

Cryptopad.fr

Cryptopad ist ein offenes CryptoPad zur Erstellung kollaborativer Dokumente.  Die verlinkte Plattform mit Sitz in Frankreich bietet die Möglichkeit, nach einer kostenlosen Registrierung gemeinsam synchron Dateien zu bearbeiten.

Vorteile:

  • verschiedene Dokumenttypen: Text, Tabelle, Präsentation, Umfrage, Kanban, Whiteboard, Code
  • ohne Login nutzbar, dann werden Dokumente ohne Änderung nach 3 Monaten gelöscht
  • insbesondere gut nutzbar, wenn User außerhalb der UPB oder NRW mitarbeiten
  • anonymes Login möglich
  • datenschutzkonform (erklären sogar wie IP Adressen anonymisiert werden können)
  •  

Nachteile:

  • ohne Login werden die Dateien nach drei inaktiven Monaten gelöscht
  • jeder der den Link kennt kann, auf das Dokument zugreifen
  • da in der Basisversion keine E-Mail erforderlich ist, kann das Passwort nicht zurückgesetzt werden, wird es vergessen, sind die Daten verloren
Webinars / Online Conferences

For this purpose, dfn offers Adobe Connect and dfn-conf (PEXIP) for the universities.

Adobe Connect in particular, is well suited for webinars, as surveys can be conducted in the respective events, students can speak out and receive individual microphone authorization.

Unfortunately, the dfn licenses are not enough for a widespread use of Adobe Connect in teaching. It is therefore possible that if all licenses are used, some students may not be able to log in. Therefore, we currently have to advise against the use of synchronous webinar tools for teaching. It is also not guaranteed that all students have a good data connection to be able to participate in synchronous courses.

Microsoft and Google offer their meeting rooms for free. E.g. Google Hangout, Google Classroom, teams from Microsoft. We regard this as critical from a data protection point of view, as the students' data will end up with the companies. The use of these services can therefore only take place on a voluntary basis and cannot be assumed for teaching purposes. The IMT help wiki describes the common platforms including an assessment of what they can be used for: https://hilfe.uni-paderborn.de/Software

The Tools for Teaching workgroup is currently testing other alternatives (including BigBlueButton) which can be recommended at the start of the semester. An overview of video conferencing systems, their basic uses and limitations, as well as instructions can be found here

The IMT has prepared notes and tips for audio and video conferences in the form of a netiquette.

 

Contact

In case of questions concerning the digitalization of your teaching or useful support tools, contact us by e-mail: corona-lehre(at)upb(dot)de.

Here you will find a chatlink as a communication channel to get help from colleagues: „Users help users“. 

 

Creating videos

The IMT offers single lecturers the possibility to record lectures in teaching rooms until April 20th 2020. If you are interested, contact the IMT (imt(at)upb(dot)de).

 

PANDA Sprechstunde

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