Digital teaching and collaboration: For employees, doctoral candidates and students

When physical meetings and courses cannot take place, digital teaching and collaboration tools can be a useful alternative. The URZ offers various digital collaboration services for students, employees, and doctoral candidates.

The following table provides an overview of software tools provided by the URZ that can be used to, e.g., collaborate with colleagues who work from home or to interact with students.

Digital teaching: current information and new tools
For digital teaching, we recommend using the privacy-compliant services hosted on our servers. These include the Moodle platform, the conference and video management services heiCONF and heiCAST as well as the instant-messaging service heiCHAT.

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🏠 University-run service, hosted at the URZ 🎓 Especially recommended for teaching

Service Description Available for

heiBOX

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The university's cloud storage service heiBOX allows users to share and collaboratively edit files. The service has recently been opened to students as well.

Doctoral candidates,
employees,
students

heiCHAT - Instant Messaging

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The university's new instant messaging service can be used for chat or (video) calls. It is safe, simple to use and compliant with current data protection regulations.

Doctoral candidates,
Lehrbeauftragte,
employees,
students

heiCONF

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heiCONF is a web conferencing system for audio and video conferences based on BigBlueButton. The service is hosted and operated at the Heidelberg University, which means that all data is stored in the server rooms of the university. Employees,
doctoral candidates,
Lehrbeauftragte

heiCONF-Audimax - new!

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heiCONF-Audimax is a modification of the web conferencing system heiCONF, which has been especially optimised for lectures and other frontal presentation and teaching formats. In heiCONF-Audimax the camera functionality is only available for the lecturer. The system can handle conferences with up to 200 participants. The maximum number of participants will be increased soon. Employees,
doctoral candidates,
Lehrbeauftragte

Moodle - e-learning platform

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Moodle allows users to create virtual classrooms for (supplemental) teaching. Self-assessments, discussion boards, wikis or glossaries, among other tools, can also be used. A connection to the powerful video management system heiCAST also allows video streaming via Moodle. A prominent tool for recording teaching videos for streaming is Camtasia, which can be bought at a significant discount via the URZ

Doctoral candidates,
employees,
students

heiCAST

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heiCAST is a service for the management of digital video content and video streaming at the Heidelberg University. It is most notably used to provide audiovisual learning content in Moodle. A prominent tool for recording teaching videos is Camtasia, which can be bought at a significant discount via the URZ. Doctoral candidates,
employees,
students

Microsoft Teams - new!

 

Microsoft Teams is a platform that combines chat, video and voice conferencing, file sharing, notebooks and whiteboard functionality. Employees

Cisco Webex

 

Via Cisco Webex, employees can setup video conferences, online meetings or webinars, among other things.

Employees

SharePoint

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SharePoint is a powerful platform which can simplify, standardize, and accelerate internal collaboration and communication processes. Employees

Video conferencing (DFNconf)

 

The DFNconf service provided by the DFN e.V. can be used (by employees) for videoconferencing and for streaming courses and events. Please note: The service is currently experiencing heavier traffic and may be of lower quality than usual.

Employees

VPN

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VPN allows remote access to services that are only available from within the university network. A VPN connection will also provide higher security for a remote work environment.

Doctoral candidates,
employees,
students

DFN scheduler

 

With the DFN Scheduler, appointments (e.g. for digital events, office hours, etc.) can be easily and securely planned and coordinated. Doctoral candidates,
employees,
students

URZ technicians are currently working hard to expand the existing services for digital collaboration in order to respond to the current requirements. As soon as new information and services are available, they will be listed here.

If you need assistance in using these services, please contact the IT-Service by phone or e-mail. Please note: The URZ IT-Service-Points (as well as the URZ building) are currently closed to the public.

 

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