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.

Evaluation in summer semester 2020

Course evaluation

The digital summer semester 2020 brings with it many challenges, but also many opportunities for future teaching. Course evaluation is especially important in this first online semester, so that digital teaching can continue to be a functioning component of successful teaching-learning processes in the future. Use the opportunity of student feedback to jointly design and improve teaching. Course evaluation is voluntary in SoSe 2020. The Evaluation Department provides a questionnaire for online teaching (in German) that captures the framework conditions of digital teaching and allows teachers to formulate questions freely.

General student survey

Studying at the CAU has changed fundamentally this semester. The online teaching was implemented under great time pressure and enormous commitment from all those involved. Many of the changes involved are associated with great uncertainty and have implications for the entire subsequent course of study. This semester, the General Student Survey (in German) serves as a stock-taking and basis for the further development of online and classroom teaching and the digital offerings. The questionnaire contains a large special section on current online studies. Which instruments and tools worked well, which offers were not optimally available and where is there a need to catch up?

Free attempt regulation and online invigilation

Free attempt regulation

The regulation for a free attempt can be found in Section 105 (6) HSG.

  • Granting a free attempt is not the usual course of action and it is much more reliant on the prerequisite that the teaching, learning or examination conditions are or were significantly hindered by the restrictions to on-site operations. Faculties can make their own regulations in accordance with Section 105 (6) HSG.
  • A free attempt may only be granted for failed examinations, not for resitting a passed examination to get a better grade.
  • The regulation differentiates between students with children under 14 (see below) and other students.
  • The free attempt regulation is not designed to compensate individual disadvantages for students when preparing for exams or taking exams – except for students with children under 14 – rather it is to intercept the significantly more difficult conditions in on-site operations, which could affect all students from a degree programme or module.
  • The free attempt cannot be granted for a certain person, but only for a certain examination (except for students with children, see below).
  • The decision by the Dean’s Office responsible for the department offering the examination is relevant for granting a free attempt in all import/export constellations.
  • In order to combine students’ indications and in the interest of a transparent and traceable decision, the elected department representatives should be given the opportunity to apply for granting a free attempt. In this case, they must present the Dean’s Office with a plausible explanation of how the situation is significantly difficult.

Please find this out in good time by checking the faculty websites to see which regulations on free attempts have been decided:

Students with children under 14

  • Students with children under 14 years who meet the requirements for a free attempt will have failed examinations assessed as such.
  • Students with children must inform the Examination Office if they wish to take advantage of the free attempt regulation. To do so, they only need to present the birth certificate of their youngest child (a scan is sufficient) - if this is not already recorded in the Examination Office’s file.

Note: Please find this out in good time by checking the websites of the respective faculties and the CAU website.

Online invigilation

  • Online examinations can be invigilated with the help of a video conference tool.
  • Video invigilation is only possible with the students’ consent.
  • Substitute options will be offered in due time if consent for online invigilation is not granted.
  • Students must have a camera, for example on their laptop or smartphone, as well as a stable Internet connection for online invigilation. If you do not have the necessary technical equipment or if there are foreseeable problems with the Internet connection, please contact the invigilator in good time and, if necessary, make a prompt application for compensation for disadvantages.
  • Invigilating an examination using a video conference tool is only sensible for a limited number of people. It may be necessary to divide the examinees into several groups and have several invigilators and video conference rooms.
  • Identity checks can be carried out by showing the CAU Card.

Information of the faculties to the winter semester 2020/21

Faculty of Theology

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. 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.

Department of Law

Department of Law

Information on courses taught in classroom format will be available in the course catalogue and on the homepage of the Faculty of Law.

Faculty of Medicine

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.

Faculty of Philosophy

Faculty of Philosophy

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.

Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences

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

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

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).

Central Corona website of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (in German)

Websites of the subjects:

Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences

Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences

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.

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

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.


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. For the use of specialist libraries, separate concepts adapted to the individual conditions must be drawn up in accordance with the framework hygiene concept. The deans make arrangements for access to the individual specialist libraries of their faculties, taking into account the respective spatial conditions on site. For the departmental/departmental libraries, it must be checked separately whether, due to the spatial size and conditions, attendance is possible and permissible at all, and whether literature work is possible in suitable seminar rooms via lending systems. 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)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Central Library and the Medical Library have limited access. The following on-site services are currently available:

Central Library:

Please note the hygiene and safety rules and the information about currently unavailable on-site services.

Please do not hesitate to contact the colleagues of the University library if you have any further individual concerns under:

Medical Library:

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. Further information and order form

New e-book package "Academic Complete"

The Kiel University Library uses central CAU funds to provide a comprehensive range of mostly English-language titles up to publication year 2016 with campus-wide access in the Discovery Service and General Catalogue. Currently, the portfolio includes approximately 183,000 e-book titles from most of the renowned academic publishers that are not yet available on campus. The package is initially available until 30.9.2021.

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, Beck-Online and Beck e-Bibliothek can be used via VPN in exceptional cases until the end of 2020 (for the use of Beck-Online and BEck e-Biblithek there is a 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 webseminars, 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.