Digital tools for online learning at universities

Web-seminar: 25 June 2020 - 3:00 - 5:00 pm (CEST)

Forced by the pandemic to rapidly implement a digital semester at universities, the change from traditional face-to-face lectures to online courses makes great demands of students and lecturers in particular, not only structurally but also didactically. How does one implement a new form of learning for the student generation of digital natives? The web-seminar provides a broad overview of the virtualization of university teaching formats – from a fast start with easy tools to more sophisticated concepts using various technologies and methods. Theoretical and practical examples from German and international practice are given to highlight considerations for teaching, mentoring, advising, and motivating digitally, without being overwhelmed by the endless possibilities of technology.

Topic overview

  • Getting started with online teaching: planning, techniques, and tools
  • The various possibilities of synchronous and asynchronous teaching: virtual classrooms, video production, and learning management systems
  • Live lecturing as a challenge: tips for a successful start
  • Online learning experience through interaction and collaboration
  • Best practices international
  • Where does online learning (currently) reach its limits?
  • How could online learning at universities look like after the pandemic?
  • Digital transformation as risk mitigation and an opportunity for teaching and research


  • Elena Herzen Elena Herzen

Currently living in Houston/Texas, she works as an independent consultant and specialist in digital learning. She supports university lecturers in the transition to online teaching and advises education providers on the implementation of VR teaching platforms. She has studied Political Science and worked at the University of Bonn, Leuphana Lueneburg, and for the Technical University of Munich. As a project manager, she developed live-online professional education and study programs. As a cooperation manager in vocational training, she paved, together with her team, the way for the provision of virtual courses to adult education providers throughout Germany.


Moderator: Sarah Kanning, editor and project manager, FAZIT Communication GmbH

Web-seminar language: German

Duration: 2 hours

All information on the recording, presentation and an updated version of the handouts can be found in the group "Digital Tools for Online Teaching" in the community of the Alumniportal Deutschland.

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June 2020