During the current term we all have experienced possibilities and limits of digital communication. This applies to all areas at the CAU. The fact that we successfully managed it to cope with the Corona crisis is the result of the great commitment of many people at our university. This was a great effort. Presumably, all those involved in the project are now hoping for a recovery, but also for better planning. For the preparation of the coming winter semester, which will further be affected by Corona, we would like to lay down some guidelines. These have been jointly prepared by the Presidential Board, the faculties and the crisis management team.
The guidelines base on the assumption that the winter semester will mainly be designed in digital form. In addition, attendance courses shall be possible. These have to take into account the current distance and hygiene rules. This means that the available space further will be severely limited in the winter semester. The usual free booking of rooms by individual lecturers is therefore not possible at present. We will develop a joint framework concept soon for which the faculties will then prioritise and coordinate bookings.
All lecturers and students have to face the fact that during the course of the winter semester lectures, general conditions may change at short notice due to regulations of the state. This would be the case, for example, if the number of infections rises again significantly during the cold season. A working group has been set up to draw up the joint concept and to enable presence to complement digital teaching. All faculties as well as the student representatives are involved in this working group.
The following principles are valid for this further concretization, for which the faculties will provide further information:
- We remain digital, but create opportunities for direct encounters: the majority of courses will be realised as digital teaching-learning events in the winter semester. On the one hand, this is due to the distance and hygiene regulations of the state, which continue to apply to universities. According to current estimates, these regulations will also apply in the winter semester. On the other hand, this decision is based on the positive feedback we received for formats of asynchronous teaching, i.e. the flexible and repeated use of lecture recordings, not only at the CAU.
The imparting of knowledge is a fundamental component of a course of study. But it is also the direct encounter with science in all subjects, the joint discussion and elaboration as well as the acquisition of indispensable practices. Therefore, we would like to plan presence in a coordinated and certainly limited form. On the basis of a common framework concept, the faculties are currently specifying and prioritising the courses of study that are to be offered in presence, while observing the hygiene regulations.
You find more detailed information about the faculties on our Corona website.
Starting points for this planning are time corridors, group regulations and methodical concepts that combine presence with digital connection or supplementation. The limiting factor remains the limited spatial capacities, since the distance rule must be maintained in all rooms to protect the health of all participants. For this reason, room bookings will only be possible on the basis of prior prioritisation in the faculties.
- Practice is indispensable: This summer semester, one thing has been missed out: the joint work and practice of students. We will also develop concepts for this that will allow small group work on campus again, if the incidence of infection allows it.
- New students are welcome: The beginning of a course of study is a lively mixture of curiosity about one's own subject, getting to know other students and a very special campus culture. The working group and the study information teams will therefore create formats, especially for first semester students, which will certainly make this possible in a different way than before, but still with great support. This also includes the orientation and introductory events.
- We are also expecting new international students: You have some specific questions, for example about visas, enrollment, German courses and direct contact persons at the International Center? We will answer your questions at the website of the International Center. We also offer a special orientation program for international students. For more information, please visit.
We would like to thank you all for your cooperation and support, both with a view to the coming and the still pending completion of the current semester, which has demanded a great deal of all of us!
We have learned and experienced a lot this semester and would like to prepare and organise the winter semester in the best possible way. If our cooperation continues to be as successful as it has been so far, we are very confident that the winter semester 2020/21 will also be a different one, but still a good one.
With best regards
Your university management consisting of the Executive Board and the faculties
At the Faculty of Theology the courses are primarily offered digitally. If conditions permit, the digital offerings can be supplemented by individual presence elements. In the interest of joint academic work, the introductory course for first semester students is likely to be made possible, as well as teaching and learning in presence in smaller seminars and exercises and on a voluntary basis. Information on selected courses taught in classroom format can be found in the course catalogue of the Faculty of Theology, current news on the winter semester can be found on the Faculty's website.
Information on courses taught in classroom format will be available in the course catalogue and on the homepage of the Faculty of Law.
In order to meet the special needs of the study of medicine and dentistry, face-to-face teaching will be offered in addition to digital teaching. Rules of hygiene have a priority. Lectures are offered purely digitally as stream and/or remote video. Seminars, practical courses and examination courses take place in hybrid form with attendance parts in small groups and digital parts. The patient-oriented teaching is supplemented by exercises on the model and with digital learning courses. In addition, various digital discussion forums have been set up.
The winter semester 2020/21 will continue to be held digitally. In the Faculty of Humanities, the Dean's Office develops criteria for presence elements within this digital teaching together with the subjects. In the future, presence teaching can take place in individual cases, even if online teaching is possible. Students will receive information with the concrete notes on the respective course.
In all of the German and English language courses of study offered by the faculty, lectures and large seminars are realised in the winter semester as digital teaching-learning events. Detailed regulations and information are available on the Corona pandemic information page on the website of the Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences: or in English.
The lectures, seminars and exercises mostly take place in digital form (synchronous or asynchronous). Practical training in the laboratory, in the field or during excursions can take place in attendance, regarding the current rules of hygiene. These forms of practical exercises are an essential part of scientific teaching. The individual subjects provide information on their respective websites about the modules with practical contents (small groups).
Websites of the subjects:
At the Faculty all lectures are offered digitally. individual presence elements are possible, if the conditions allow it. In the interest of joint scientific work, teaching and learning in presence may be made possible in smaller seminars and exercises and on a voluntary basis. We therefore ask you to pay attention to the announcements of the individual courses in UnivIS und in OpenOlat zu beachten.
In the coming winter semester, the TF offers a mixture of online teaching and classroom teaching. In particular, lectures and large exercises will be conducted as online courses. Especially for first semester students, we will also offer classroom teaching for cohorts as far as hygiene requirements allow it. With this we want to enable new students to get to know each other and to develop an identification with their place of study. In addition we are planning a comparable online offer for first semester students, especially to enable people who belong to the risk group or who cannot attend attendance teaching for other reasons to study. Laboratory internships will also be held as face-to-face courses for students in higher semesters.