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Paderborn University in spring.

Photo: Paderborn University, Kamil Glabica.

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).

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:


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:

 Explanation video on Youtube:

On the Mac please use Keynote instead:

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.

Video editing programs

VLC Player - free license - rudimentary tool to make easy cuts in the recorded video, with simple effects (e.g. brighten video).

DaVinci Resolve - freely installable professional video editing system from Blackmagic, comparable in functionality to Adobe Premiere. Usable for Mac, Windows and Linux.

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:

iMovie for IOS users on iPhone and iPad for easy video production:

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 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 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 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

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

Question and answer rounds with digital support. The tool 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 and are licensed by Nele Hirsch under CC-BY under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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:

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.



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

Immer Montags: PANDA Sprechstunden über bigbluebutton.

  • Allgemeine PANDA-Sprechstunde  09:00 - 10:00 Uhr
  • PANDA-Sprechstunde Tests und Testfragen 14:00 - 15:00 Uhr

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