Information for lecturers

There are currently no changes to teaching and examinations in the current summer semester. At the moment, current schedules are coordinated for the summer semester and the examinations as well as for the winter semester. Digital courses and lectures that are currently taking place should be continued in this form until the end of the summer semester. All lectures and courses that require attendance, as well as parts of digital courses which also require attendance, will not take place until further notice. 

In the following, you will find detailed information that is continuously updated.

Obligatory attendance

Suspension of compulsory participation in digital courses

In the summer semester 2020, "virtual attendance" will not be controlled in the digital implementation of courses requiring attendance, as technical problems may arise, especially with video conferences and similar formats with special technical requirements. The aim is that students should not experience any disadvantages due to such infrastructural problems. The obligation to attend the respective examination regulations and thus the respective absence regulations are formally suspended; admission to an examination is independent of the "virtual attendance" at a course.

This does not mean, however, that students should not attend the course. On the contrary, they are still obliged to make every effort to attend virtual classes on a regular basis and to take part in courses - as far as this is possible and reasonable. The relevance of participation and involvement is just as evident as in the corresponding classroom teaching. Within the framework of the courses, students will be informed if alternative study achievements are offered for better exam preparation, if participation in the course is not possible due to infrastructural problems.

Attention is drawn to the possibility that, according to § 5 of the Corona Statutes, the obligation of virtual attendance in a module can generally be replaced by the obligation to provide alternative preliminary examination performances.

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.

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.


Specialist libraries

The specialist libraries of the faculties, the seminars and the institutes can be used by researchers in compliance with hygiene standards. The deans make arrangements for access to the individual specialist libraries of their faculties, taking into account the respective spatial conditions on site. In doing so, they ensure that the hygiene standards and distance specifications are observed. Access should be regulated by appropriate organisational measures in such a way that library staff on site are not used as far as possible.

University Library (Central Library)

The University Library (Central Library) will resume the lending and return of print media from May 18, 2020 in a specially set up self-collection and return area. This is possible in the periods Mo-Fr from 9.00-16.30 (except public holidays).

Further information on restricted lending and return of print media in the Central Library

Please note that the University Library (Central Library) will remain closed to all visitors outside of the lending and return of print media. This does not apply to employees of commissioned service providers and companies. All on-site services beyond lending and returns are therefore still not possible at present.

In addition, the University Library provides digital compensation offers for its users, which are published on the webpresence of the University Library.

Interlibrary loan scanning service

Users of the University Library of Kiel (UB) can now order electronic copies of articles from scientific and specialist journals and partial copies of books (max. 10%) within the framework of inter-library loan in accordance with § 60e UrhG. Please place your interlibrary loan order for copies as usual via the GBV union catalogue.

In the context of the so-called COVID-19 emergency operation, libraries are allowed to send copies directly to their users electronically until 31.5.2020. Therefore, the staff of the University Library can send you your order by e-mail as a PDF file. Please check and complete your current e-mail address in your interlibrary loan account and in the order form. For this service the University Library will not charge any fees for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency operation. It is still not possible to provide paper copies or books via interlibrary loan. The staff of the University Library is available for your questions at

Scan service for Reserved Collections

The Central Library of the UB Kiel supports digital teaching at the CAU in the SoSe 2020 with a free scan service: Within the framework of § 60a UrhG (German Copyright Act), the library provides teachers in the SoSe 2020 with scans of printed texts from the holdings of the Central Library on request via the CAU cloud. Lecturers can then make these scans available to the closed circle of course participants in their electronic Reserved Collection in OLAT or in the CAU cloud.

Your access to e-media from home

All members and affiliates of the CAU have access to all electronic journals, databases and e-books licensed by the university via VPN access for access from home. Please note that for licensing reasons the regulations for F.A.Z.-BiblioNet differ. Juris can be used via VPN in exceptional cases until 15.6.2020. Beck-Online and Beck e-Bibliothekcan be used via VPN in exceptional cases until 30.6.2020 (registration required).

Additional temporary e-media offers

During the Corona crisis, some providers and publishers are opening up parts of their e-media offers to all members and relatives of the CAU for temporary access via VPN access , without any licence agreements with the CAU. Our linked list of these providers and publishers will be continuously updated as new offers become available.

Purchase suggestions for e-books

You belong to the CAU and need a specific book title that is not yet available here? Suggest it to us for licensing as an e-book so that we can make it available immediately to all members and relatives of the CAU via campus-wide access. We ask for your understanding that in view of the total volume of 35,000 euros for all faculties, only low- and medium-priced titles can be considered for selection.

Qualification offers

Qualification offers for lecturers in the summer semester 2020 of PerLe

The qualification offers for teachers of PerLe complement the existing further education offer of the CAU with subject-related, tailor-made or innovative measures. Various formats have been developed for this purpose and focal points have been set which take into account the specific qualification requirements of the teaching staff. The focus here is on linking up with the teaching practice of the courses on offer.

Due to the preventive corona measures, PerLe offers all qualification courses for teachers (unless otherwise stated) as digital formats.

More information on the qualification offers for teachers in the summer semester 2020 of PerLe

Qualification offers for tutors in the summer semester 2020 of PerLe

In order to support tutorial teaching in online formats, PerLe offers additional formats for student tutors in the Beat - Be a tutor qualification program in the summer semester 2020, which interested parties can also take advantage of at short notice.

In addition to additional advanced workshops on various topics in the area of "Digital Teaching", students with teaching responsibilities have the opportunity to receive advice from PerLe employees in online consultation hours and to exchange information with each other. Individual consultations are also possible.

A forum is now available on OpenOLAT, in which student tutors can asynchronously discuss their concerns, challenges and examples from their own teaching. They will be supported by PerLe employees and peers. All offers are in German language.

All dates and detailed information on the qualification offers for tutors in the summer semester 2020 of PerLe (in German)

Continuing Professional Development

For the coming semester, the Continuing Professional Development has provided a special programme with supporting webinars, instructions and best practice examples. In addition, virtual coaching and counselling sessions will take place. The list to support your virtual work is continuously updated and adapted according to your needs.

To the offer of the Continuing Professional Development (German only)

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.