Accessible teaching

Handout: Accessible teaching - basics, handling and possibilities.

From legal foundations and important contact points at Kiel University to exemplary teaching materials and event concepts: this handbook supports all CAU lecturers on their common path towards a more inclusive university.

Accessibility & E-Learning

The CAU's central e-learning service presents examples of various impairments on its website and provides tips on further information and materials.

Central teaching platform (OpenOlat)

OpenOlat is the CAU’s central platform for teaching. It offers a protected virtual room for every event, in which documents can be placed and exchanged, and structural content can be created. In addition, it is easy to make various tools and Web2.0 elements available for communication and cooperation by participants (like forums, wikis, blogs or podcasts). Lecturers can also allocate topics for oral presentations and group work.

OpenOlat short messages

The elk.Medien team regularly provides information updates, news and training course dates in the OpenOlat sms service.

Compensation for disadvantages

Who can submit an application?


  • in particular life situations (pregnancy, bringing up children, caring for relatives)
  • with chronic illness/disability
  • who experience corona-related disadvantages (long-term restrictions, e.g. membership of risk groups, lack of technical equipment, and acute restrictions, e.g. quarantine)

have the opportunity to apply for disadvantage compensation for courses and examinations.

How does the application process work?

Please submit your request in good time (if possible well before the date of the course/exam) to the responsible authorities listed below and ask about the exact procedure:

  • In case of acute restrictions, please consult your teacher first to discuss how to proceed. If you miss course dates in courses requiring attendance, please clarify first whether the absence is excusable within the framework of the absence regulations without having to submit an application for disadvantage compensation.
  • For long-term restrictions, please contact the Examinations Office responsible for your degree programme (German only). Students of medicine and dentistry should contact the Dean of Studies of the Faculty of Medicine.

Then, please submit directly an informal application for disadvantage compensation to the responsible authority (see above), explaining your restrictions. Please enclose proof and, if possible, medical recommendations for suitable compensatory measures. This will help the chairperson of the examination board and the teachers to find a suitable measure to compensate for disadvantages.

The responsible authorities will take into account whether measures are equivalent to the expected performance and feasible for everyone involved. In some cases this might mean that it is not possible to offer an adequate compensation measure, which is equal and organisationally feasible.

The decision will usually be communicated by stu-Mail. If the decision is positive, the organisational details may have to be discussed with the teacher in the next step.

Examples of disadvantage compensation measures and verification documents

  • Technical problems such as insufficient network coverage or lack of technical equipment: If it is not possible to submit proof, please try to present the restrictions in a plausible way. If possible, you will be offered an alternative yet equivalent assignment; e.g. in the case of examinations, if possible, an attendance date at a later time.
  • Members of a risk group: Please submit a medical certificate confirming that you belong to a risk group. If possible, a separate room will be provided for tests taking place on site.
  • Acute respiratory symptoms: Please inform yourself first about current regulations and contact the teacher. If you are not allowed to take part in an examination, please submit a medical certificate to the responsible examination office as soon as possible, otherwise to the teacher. If possible, you will be offered a substitute assignment, which is suitable to compensate for absences; e.g. in the case of examinations, if possible, an attendance date at a later time.
  • Quarantine: Please submit suitable proof, e.g. official notification or correspondence with an authority. If possible, you will be offered a substitute assignment without presence, virtual participation or an appointment at a later time.
  • Ban to enter and leave the country: Please submit suitable proof. If possible, you will be offered a substitute assignment without presence, a virtual participation or an appointment at a later time.
  • Pregnancy: Please submit your maternity passport or medical receipts. If possible, a separate room will be provided for you.

Please note that the examples above do not give a right to be granted the exemplary measures. If no suitable disadvantage compensation measure can be offered to you, please use the options of the following examination periods or take the module at a later date.

Sniffles plan

Compulsory attendance

As for compulsory attendance the requirements of the respective examination regulations of each subject apply; your teachers will inform you of any deviating regulations. Please also note the information on compensation for disadvantages.

Online supervision via web cam

  • courses: The compulsory attendance can be checked by name or, if available, by web camera. In contrast to examinations, students are allowed to use a virtual background.
  • examinations: If video surveillance is provided for in online examinations, students must be informed in advance and asked for their consent. A virtual background is not permitted.

Contact data collection

The collection of contact data is carried out in accordance with §5 of the requirements of the "Land Ordinance on Special Measures to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 at Universities":

"(2) The contact data of participants shall be collected for courses, other events, examinations and the use of student workplaces at the university. The data shall be collected and stored in such a way that the date and time of collection, first name and surname, address and, if available, telephone number or e-mail address can be traced for a period of four weeks. After this period, the data must be destroyed. Upon request, they are to be forwarded to the authority responsible for protection against infection if this is necessary for the purpose of tracing possible infection routes. It must be ensured that unauthorised third parties do not gain knowledge of the data collected. Any other use is not permitted. The institution of higher education shall exclude persons who refuse to have their contact data collected from visiting or using the institution or from participating in the event. Any contact data provided to the higher education institution must be truthful; in the case of official activities, official contact data is sufficient."

The registration of contact data can be started via a QR code or by calling up the respective room-specific URL. Once the process has been successfully completed, you will receive a confirmation message with a green background.

You will then receive a confirmation e-mail from OLAT with a summary and information on data protection. Please keep this confirmation e-mail for 28 days to be able to support the tracking of your contact data yourself if necessary.

The CAU will only forward the information you have provided to the authority responsible for infection control to the requesting authority if requested to do so by that authority. Your attendance details are stored separately and are not linked to your user account and cannot be viewed by lecturers or course administrators.

28 days later, the collected contact details are automatically deleted.

In the event that digital contact data collection via Olat is not possible, e.g. system failure or lack of Internet connection, registration lists on paper are prepared by the teachers.


Manuals for conducting (online) examinations can be found in OpenOLAT in the course "Examinations during the Corona Phase" and on the Hygiene Concept Cloud.

Online examinations

CAU offers different formats of online examinations during the Corona phase in order to minimise delays in the course of studies due to the pandemic-related restrictions on attendance.

According to § 4 of the Corona Statutes, the types of examinations specified in the respective examination regulations or study regulations can be replaced by other equivalent types of examinations, such as online examinations. The framework conditions for online examinations are additionally regulated in the Corona Supplementary Statute on Electronic Examinations and in the Higher Education Act.

The students are informed in advance by the respective responsible teacher about changed examination formats.

Platforms and video conferencing systems

Some of the online exams take place on the learning platform OpenOLAT or the separately installed exam server (also OpenOLAT). To enable you to familiarise yourself with the technical conditions of an online examination before you take it, the CAU's eLearning Service conducts information events with, among other things, the following content:

  • What equipment do I need for e-examinations?
  • What happens if I have technical or other problems?
  • What do e-exams look like in OpenOLAT?

Information on the dates can be found under "News & Info" in the OpenOLAT learning platform.
BigBlueButton is available as a video conferencing system for online examinations. Information page of the Computing Centre on video conferencing solutions.

Data protection for online examinations

Personal data is processed in accordance with the DSGVO. The data protection declaration for the OpenOLAT Exam Server can be found in the "Imprint" section on the Exam Server.

If students do not agree to the concept of video supervision due to data protection concerns, they can contact their teacher so that it can be checked whether an alternative examination can be found. If this is not possible, e.g. for organisational reasons, the next attendance examination date can be used.

Video supervision for online examinations

In accordance with the framework conditions for face-to-face examinations, supervision may also be provided for online examinations. If video proctoring is planned for online examinations, students will be informed of this in advance by the responsible teacher. (The points below also apply to oral online examinations via video conferencing system).

  • Supervision of online examinations can be implemented by means of a video conferencing tool hosted on the servers of the CAU Computer Centre.
  • Recording the examination or otherwise storing the image or sound data is not permitted.
  • A webcam or mobile phone camera, for example, is required for video surveillance. Depending on the supervision concept, a second camera (e.g. mobile phone camera) may also be required. Only the area relevant for proctoring purposes should be shown on the video clips, e.g. the workstation (examinee, desk surface, keyboard, etc.), in order to ensure, for example, as in a face-to-face examination with proctoring, that only the permitted aids are used and that the examination is processed independently.
  • The use of a virtual background is not permitted for "video examinations".
  • If students do not agree to the concept of video supervision due to data protection concerns, they can contact their teacher so that it can be checked whether an alternative examination can be found. If this is not possible, e.g. for organisational reasons, the next attendance examination date can be used.
  • If students have given their consent to an examination with video supervision, they can revoke this at any time with effect for the future vis-à-vis the responsible teacher. Consent is usually obtained via stu-Mail or OpenOLAT. The respective teacher in charge informs the students about the procedure.

Compensation for disadvantages

If you do not have the technical requirements, you have the option of applying for disadvantage compensation. (See Compensation for disadvantages)

Authentication at the beginning of an exam

The CAU-Card is usually required for authentication at the beginning of an examination. In the event that you do not have a CAU-Card or, for example, a validation was not possible, you can also identify yourself using an identity card or a passport.

Viewing of examinations

According to § 26 PVO, students have a right to inspect their examination documents. Please inform yourself at the examination office responsible for you or the respective teacher in which form the inspection can be organised for an examination under the current pandemic conditions.

Term papers

According to the state ordinance on special measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 at universities, libraries remain open for certain purposes (see section on libraries). These purposes include, among others, the preparation of term papers during the course of studies, so that there are currently no restrictions here. 

In principle, it is possible to apply for an extension of the processing time of homeworks, theses, etc. if, for example, due to closed libraries and laboratories or a lack of childcare facilities for children under 14 years of age (see also "Schools and Kindergarten"), processing is not possible or only possible to a limited extent. An application must be submitted to the Examinations Office.

Submission of term papers and theses

The  main gate is constantly manned, so that theses and so on can be handed in on time here.

Changed examination periods

winter semester 2020/21 and summer semester 2021 for Bachelor and Master programmes

Due to the continuing pandemic conditions, the examination periods for the winter semester 2020/21 and the summer semester 2021 for the Bachelor's and Master's programmes had to be rescheduled differently from the previously announced periods. There is a need for three-week examination periods. The following examination periods have been established with the participation of the various interest groups:

  • 1st examination period of the winter semester 2020/21: 15.02.2021 - 06.03.2021 (week 7 - 9)
  • 2nd examination period of the winter semester 2020/21: 29.03.2021 - 17.04.2021 (week 13 - 15)
  • 1st examination period of the summer semester 2021: 02.08.2021 - 21.08.2021 (week 31 - 33)
  • 2nd examination period of the summer semester 2021: 04.10.2021 - 23.10.2021 (week 40 - 42)

Detailed schedules with registration deadlines etc. can be found here

Different regulations apply to state examination programmes.

Free attempt regulation

The University Board as well as the deans and deans of studies of all faculties, have decided on the basis of the Corona Higher Education Supplementary Regulation (Corona-HEVO): A free attempt will be granted for all examinations taken and not passed in the summer semester 2021. This includes, among other things, examinations on site, term papers and examinations during courses; this regulation does not apply to final theses. Thus, the regulations already applied in the winter semester will be adopted unchanged for the summer semester.

  • The free attempt regulation covers examinations which are assigned to the summer semester 2021 but which take place at a later date for organisational reasons, in particular for examinations in the 2nd examination period of the summer semester 2021.
  • For students who care for or look after children under the age of 14 and whose learning or examination situation is significantly impeded due to the closure of schools and day-care facilities, any examination taken and not passed in the summer semester 2021 is considered a free attempt.
  • The free attempt regulation refers to university examinations. Free attempts cannot be granted for examinations within the framework of the state examination, as these are not subject to the regulations of the Higher Education Act and thus also not to those of the Corona HEVO.
  • A fail by not appearing also leads to a free attempt.
  • Failed exams due to an attempt to cheat do NOT result in a free attempt.

Note for students

Please take into account that the lecturers and the examination offices have a significantly higher workload than in regular semesters due to the free attempt regulations, and due to the other challenges in organisation and teaching related with the Corona measures. In order to be considerate and avoid planning difficulties, we therefore ask you to only register for examinations for which you have prepared and which you wish to take. If you will not be taking an exam at short notice, please inform the respective examiners and the Examinations Office, especially in the case of oral exams, so that this can be taken into account when organising the exams. Please also understand that it may take longer to respond to enquiries or that complications may arise with online examinations. In the case of examinations on site, you will be informed in good time before the respective date about the hygiene rules then applicable.

Note for lecturers

As in the winter semester 2020/21, the Corona free attempt is recorded by the lecturers in the course of recording the grades by entering the note "CFP". The handout from the winter semester 2020/21 can be found at the usual place in OpenOLAT.

Examination periods

The examination periods for the summer semester 2021 can be found here.

Information of the faculties

Faculty of Theology

At the Faculty of Theology the courses are primarily offered digitally. If conditions permit, the digital offerings can be supplemented by individual presence elements. 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.

Department of Law

Information on courses taught in classroom format can be found in good time in the course catalog and on the website of the Faculty of Law. Under Online Teaching in Kiel you will find an overview of the courses in the winter semester 2020/2021 with instructions on how to dial into the individual courses or how to access the lecture videos.

Faculty of Medicine

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. Further information on the website of the Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Philosophy

The winter semester 2020/21 primarily takes place digitally. In the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Dean's Office has developed criteria for presence elements within this digital teaching. Presence teaching takes place in individual cases, only if online teaching is not possible. Students will receive information with the concrete notes on the respective course.

Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences

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.

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The lectures, seminars and exercises primarily take place digitally (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). Central Corona website of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences

At the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences 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.

Instructions for digital teaching

Guide to digital teaching in OpenOlat

The team of elk.Medien has created instructions for digital teaching within OpenOlat. This includes tutorials on OBS (lecture recordings/screen recording), video upload, video compression but also general didactic hints for the creation of teaching videos.

Didactic tips for videos for lectures/educational videos

PerLe - Projekt erfolgreiches Lehren und Lernen (PerLe) has compiled didactic tips for instructional/educational videos.

Overview of online resources for teaching methods for teachers at CAU Kiel

PerLe has created an overview with suggestions, tools and further links for its digitally and media supported courses in the summer semester 2020. The list will be continuously supplemented and revised.


The following on-site-services are offered:

  • Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-10:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-8pm
  • Individual workstations: There are 283 individual workstations and 42 internet workstations available according to the first-come-first-served principle. 
  • Self-removal of print media from the open access areas
  • The historical holdings can be used by appointment (
  • The service desk is staffed during opening hours.
  • Vending machines: The snack and drink vending machine, the ATM charging machine, the validation machine and the money exchange machine can be used.
  • Return of print media at the service desk or via the mailbox at the central library.
  • Function rooms open (copy rooms, room for the visually impaired and blind, book scanner, checkroom area)

For the scope of current services in the subject libraries of the faculties, seminars and institutes, please refer to the websites of the respective institutions.

The following services are not offered:

  • Guided tours and trainings
  • Information Desk
  • On-site submission of dissertations – please send by post

Please address your individual concerns to:

Master's degree, preliminary enrolment

The deadline for proof of Bachelor's degree in the summer semester 2021 has been extended from June 10 to September 30. Further information can be found on the pages of the Student Services (German only)

Mask requirement

In accordance with the Higher Education Corona Ordinance of the State of Schleswig-Holstein and the framework hygiene concept of the CAU, the following rules apply.

Since Monday, 29.03.2021, there is an obligation to wear so-called "qualified" masks on the entire campus in and in front of the buildings. Only medical masks (surgical masks) or FFP2 masks are permitted. Simple cloth mouth-nose coverings are no longer sufficient.

University grounds:

  • In the buildings of the CAU, an obligation to wear a medical mask (OP mask) or FFP2 mask applies until a workplace is reached at a distance.
  • In the rooms, a minimum distance of 1.5 m between all participants and the examination invigilators or teaching staff must be ensured. If this is not possible due to the spatial conditions and alternative rooms are not available, e.g. due to the required technical equipment, alternative measures must be taken to minimise the risk, e.g. plexiglass or other partitions or a significant reduction in the size of the groups.

Lectures on site:
A minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other persons must be maintained and a medical mask (surgical mask) or FFP2 mask must be worn. Teachers are exempt from the obligation to wear a mask for the duration of a course if the minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other persons is ensured during the entire course.

  • Practical sports events: The obligation to wear a mask does not apply. In addition, the university may allow exceptions to the minimum distance of 1.5 metres in justified cases.
  • Practical music events: The obligation to wear a mask does not apply. Activities in closed rooms with an increased release of droplets, in particular singing together or the use of wind instruments, are only permitted if they are solo performances or music rehearsals, a minimum distance of 2.5 metres is maintained between the performers in each case or the transmission of droplets is reduced by similarly suitable physical barriers.

Examinations on site:
Provided that the minimum distance of 1.5 metres between those present is maintained and ventilation is provided in accordance with the specifications, the wearing of a mask at the workplace is not mandatory. A medical mask (surgical mask) or FFP2 mask must be worn on the way to the workplace.

Exemption from the mask requirement

Anyone who can credibly prove that they are unable to wear a mask for health reasons is exempt from this obligation; a medical certificate is needed to be exempted. If suitable evidence is submitted in good time, the extent to which precautions can be taken to enable participation in the event in question will be examined, taking into account infection control and local conditions and, if necessary, with the involvement of the safety engineer. Detailed information on distance and ventilation requirements as well as on the obligation to wear masks (also in laboratory practicals, excursions, etc.) can be found in the framework hygiene concept of the CAU.

Qualification offers

Evaluation of courses in the summer semester 2021

The Teaching Evaluation service offers an empirically based instrument for evaluating courses. In the summer semester 2021 it also takes into account the special situation in digital teaching. Teachers can use the results to select continuing education courses and formulate their own questions. Take the freedom to improve your teaching!

The survey is available to all faculties and subjects and can be carried out centrally for individual areas on request. Furthermore, an individual evaluation is also possible via the internet platform Lehrevaluation-Uni-Kiel. For the development of digital teaching formats and the dialogue on teaching quality, student feedback is even more important, especially now.

More information on the evaluation of courses in the  summer semester 2021 (in German)

Standard period of study ("free semester")

§103 of the HSG also applies to the summer semester 2021

The Schleswig-Holstein scheme is as follows:

For regulations under higher education law which are linked to the duration of the Regestudies or the number of semesters, the higher education institution does not consider the summer semester 2020, the wintersemester 2020/21 and the summer semester 2021 as a "Fachsemester". The higher education institutions issue students with a certificate stating that they were unable to submit performance certificates or examination papers due to the pandemic and that this delayed the completion of their studies by one semester. This does not affect the regulations on state examinations. (Source, German only)

Information of the CAU:

The Corona Higher Education Law Supplement Ordinance (Corona-HEVO) stipulates that Section 103 of the Higher Education Act also applies to the summer semester 2021. For this reason, the CAU does not count the summer semester 2021 as a “Fachsemester” for regulations under higher education law that are linked to the standard period of study or the number of “Fachsemester” (e.g. invitation to compulsory study guidance).

  • The semester count will be continued on the CAU certificates (e.g. course of study certificate). The CAU provides a certificate for download for the summer semester 2021 via the CAU portal ( in accordance with § 103 (2) HSG. This certifies that studies may be delayed due to the Corona pandemic. It can be attached to the study progress certificate if required.
  • The exemption regulation also applies to regulations under education funding law that are linked to the standard period of study or the number of semesters. Please contact the Office for Educational Funding (Amt für Ausbildungsförderung) ( or your scholarship-granting institution if you have any questions regarding the procedure, evidence to be submitted, etc.


Video conference tools

The University Computing Centre at the CAU recommends the following video conference tools for digital teaching:


BigBlueButton is an OpenSource web conference system which is hosted in the University Computing Centre at the CAU and is therefore suitable for confidential content. It is good for digital teaching, conferences and team meetings. Access is guaranteed for all CAU employees (Login  via the RZ identifier of the form suabc123). Conferences lasting up to four hours in total can be held. This service is available 24/7 for free.


Network (DFN). The login is carried out via the CAU's identity provider, for which a password must be set in the CIM Service Portal (CAU Identity Management) before the first use.  DFNconf is good for digital teaching, conferences and team meetings. Although this service is a professionally operated one, the high amount of demand at the moment can cause performance losses.

Nextcloud Talk

Nextcloud Talk is an add-on for the CAU cloud. The CAU cloud is OpenSource and is hosted in the University Computing Centre. It offers chat, audio and video functions within the CAU cloud environment. Mobile clients can also download the Nextcloud Talk app from the app stores. All CAU employees with a valid Computing Centre account have access to this service, which is also suitable for confidential materials. Audio or video chats can only be used in small groups for collaborative work, however (max. 4 people).


The CAU now has a campus licence for the American service Zoom as an extra video conference tool in addition to those already provided. The use of Zoom is available to all employees of the CAU. Login is via the CAU's identity provider, for which a password must be set in the CIM Service Portal (CAU Identity Management) before the first use.  This service enables web conferences with up to 300 participants and is authorised for use in Digital Teaching at the CAU. Zoom meets the WCAG 2.1 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) standards at level AA. Despite being widespread in the field of distance learning, Zoom has recently received negative press due to data protection issues. The University Computing Centre at the CAU also provides information about this topic on its websites.