Information for lecturers

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Information for Teachers

Lecturers receive up-to-date information on teaching and support services during the Corona pandemic.

Compulsory attendance

On account of the ongoing pandemic situation, please be lenient where possible regarding lectures with compulsory attendance when it comes to rules on absence in the respective degree-specific examination regulations (e.g. in the event of isolation/quarantine).

Lecturers must be informed if students are unable to attend one or more lecture dates due to acute illness or COVID-related quarantine/isolation, etc.

If students miss any lectures, the first thing to do for lectures with compulsory attendance is to clarify with the lecturer whether the absence can be excused as part of the rules on absence provided for in the degree-specific examination regulations. The lecturers are entitled to decide on the offer of any substitute achievements or other compensatory measures, under consideration of the legal requirements, the learning objectives for the respective module and the organisational options.

The CAU’s Corona-Satzung (coronavirus rules)

With the expiration of the Coronavirus Higher Education Supplementary Regulations (Corona-HEVO) and the "Hochschulen-Coronaverordnung" (university coronavirus regulations) of the state of Schleswig-Holstein, the legal basis lapses for continuing the CAU’s Corona-Satzung (coronavirus rules). For this reason, the Corona-Satzung in place until 30.06.2022 will not be extended.

ATTENTION: In the case of state examination degree programmes, the respective state regulations apply, such as the regulations of the Judicial Examination Office or similar.

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.

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.

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.

Compensation for disadvantages

Who can submit an application?


  • in special circumstances (pregnancy, raising children under 14, caring for relatives)
  • with chronic illnesses/disabilities, incl. belonging to a risk group due to a chronic illness/pre-existing condition/disability (with a medical certificate)

have the option to apply for compensation for disadvantages for lectures and examinations in accordance with the Examination Procedure Regulations (PVO).

How does the application work?

Please report your concern in good time (if possible well before the lecture/exam date) to the responsible offices named below and inform yourself about the exact procedure:

After this, please submit an informal application – also in good time – to the responsible office (see above), in which you describe your restrictions. Please enclose evidence and, if possible, also doctor’s recommendations for suitable compensatory measures. This will help the chairperson of the Examination Board and the lecturer to identify a suitable compensatory measure for the disadvantage.

The responsible office will consider the equivalence to the usual requirement and its feasibility when reviewing whether a suitable compensatory measure for the disadvantage can be offered. This can mean that it may not always be possible to offer a suitable, in particular equivalent, and organisationally feasible measure.

In the case of positive decisions, the organisational details are to be discussed with the lecturer.


Attendance examinations

  • Face masks: In all CAU buildings, including the libraries, greenhouses at the Botanical Garden, museums and sports venues, we recommend wearing a face mask (surgical mask or FFP2 mask) if the minimum social distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.
  • If students have to go into quarantine or isolation on the basis of the corresponding valid ordinance, there is a ban on admission to the university campus. For exam withdrawals, the relevant proof must be submitted to the Examination Office (official proof of positive PCR test or rapid antigen test result (test centre).

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.