If class­­room teach­ing can­­not ta­ke place - cour­ses of ac­­tion and de­sign pos­si­bi­li­ties

Dear teachers of the University of Kassel,

The numerous ideas and questions we received regarding the composition of courses caused us to include a new information supply. In the following, you will find a collection of specific courses of action and design possibilities for times if classroom teaching cannot take place.

We hope to have prepared everything understandably and add recommendations continuously. Further information about availability and contact persons can be found on the respective information pages.

In addition, we are developing a section in which you can find precise specialised design possibilities of your colleagues – alternatives to the presence so far. The possibility of individual consultation with your colleagues is also given. 

These development projects are a result of our observations, amongst others, that many of your colleagues embark on interesting specialised paths of developing their university teaching without there being a possibility of publishing these in a self-operated setting (yet).

Your team of the Teaching Service Center (SCL)


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Cour­ses of ac­tion and de­sign pos­si­bi­li­ties

We recommend to produce all lectures or talks – even short ones – as video recordings and offer them via Moodle. Shortly the new video content management system of the University of Kassel, called “Panopto”, will help you here.

There is a high probability that starting with April 20th, 2020 networks will heavily congested. This will probably occur on your home network. We point out, that students will very likely have disconnections while live-streaming activities which cannot be replayed. However, when playing recordings, you can simply wait for the recording to resume after an interruption or wait for times with less network traffic.

Besides it shoul be considered, that not all students have an accurate internet connection at home. The students may not have any disadvatnages by this situation.

Another advantage of recordings is the possibility to edit. You could, for example, cut out parts and only when you are satisfied with the results upload the file and grant viewing access to your students. Uploading from home is also much more stable than a live-connection during times of heavy network traffic.

Not uncommonly lecturers prefer live-streaming solutions out of concern about unauthorised external recordings and imagining, that live-streaming is only available for a short period of time. Here we would like to point out, that – regardless of legal requirements – in most instances it is technically possible to record everything that is streamed – whether it is live or not. In addition, from our perspective it would be a great loss when elaborately produced live-streams are only viewed to a fraction and then “vanish”.

Discussions via video conferences needed to be streamed live. Here as well we recommend to consider the use of asynchronous formats. For example, you can use the chat function in Moodle and supplement them with video and audio inputs (podcasts) pre-recorded by lecturers or students.



  • You can use the activity „Chat” in Moodle for a maximum of 20 participants for the direct exchange with students.
  • You can use the Moodle activity “forum” as a central hub to have student’s questions collected and answered by you or your online tutors.

Further Information can be found here:

  • You can use the Moodle activity “forum” for the exchange with students and they can use it for exchange among themselves.

Further information can be found herer:

You may give access to published work in electronic platforms to a limited user group in order to use these for means of research and teaching if

  • you have a licence or unrestricted authority as the copyright holder (for instance, own the scripts without restrictions due to a contract with a publisher),
  • the University of Kassel (university library) owns a licence (source found in KARLA, see point 2) ,
  • you do not need any particular licence because it is available in the public domain or openly accessible,
  • you can assert the right of citation (§ 51 UrhWissG),
  • you can assert the copyright act for the knowledge-based society (UrhWissG) §§ 60a for class and teaching.


1.) Quoting smaller text sources(§ 51 UrhWissG)

As usual in academic texts, textual sources of another author can be cited within teaching and learning materials with the respective indications. Because learning and teaching material is generally developed for a specific lecture and not published in form of an independent scientific work, larger quotations are not permitted. § 51 UrhWissG allows quoting passages of works though. As usual you can also quote separate passages of copyright protected work taking into consideration the common citation rules in your learning and teaching material.


2.) Using extensive textual sources from the digital inventory of the library

If you want to provide larger parts of texts or entire works digitally for a course beyond the usual quotation rules, you should initially check whether the work is available as a digital resource in the library.

In order to search for these media, click the “advanced search” in Karla and check the box “online” in the field “access type” on the right. If you have found the respective resource, you can link the resource in your Moodle course. The students can download the source by themselves via intranet or VPN-access from the library.


3.) Using sources according to the copyright act for the knowledge-based society (UrhWissG) §§ 60a in classes and teaching

This act regulates, amongst others which parts of copyright protected texts can be provided under which conditions within research and teaching electronically. The following rules refer to analogue as well as digital utilisation:


§ 60a UrhWissG

The use of copyrighted works without permission in classes and teaching

  • max. 15 % of a (published) work
  • 100 % of a work in case of
    • Works with small extent (for example poems, songs, or essays)
    • single articles of the same trade magazine or academic journal
    • out of stock works
  • has to serve the visualisation of classes and teaching
  • no commercial use
  • Group of persons
    • Teachers and participants of the respective course
    • Teachers and auditors (examiners is also possible) of the same education institution
    • further persons, for example when presenting learning outcomes
  • „sole“ schoolbooks are excluded hereof (approval is always required)

Informaion Leaflet on the Urheberrechts-Wissensgesellschafts-Gesetzt (UrhWissG) as PDF


Further information (in German) concerning the copy right you can find here:

Instructions for students and teachers for the use of KARLA can be found here:

KARLA - Introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKd2rb4a3Pk

KARLA – Article search: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3snWB8GEnW8

Information page of the university library regarding e-books, e-journals and databases:




Esti­ma­ti­on for the short and me­di­um term avail­a­bi­li­ty of the sys­tems

Good; performance and capacity is already good; the use is advisable.

Because we expect a rapid increase of use, the IT service centre (ITS) precautionary upgraded these systems.


We are in the procurement of Panopto – a web-based system for video content management.

Panopto can be used for recordings or live-streaming of lectures and talks among other things. It offers easily to use functions for recording, editing and sharing videos as well as live-streaming from the lecture hall or from home. Following the full integration in the E-Learning infrastructure of the university of Kassel, you can use Panopto free of charge with your Uni Kassel Account.

We expect that the system will be available to you not later than the middle of April. Once the system has been made available, we have to configure it for use at the university of Kassel, connect the user management to the IDM, establish the rights management etc. We really make every effort to have it available at an earlier time, but we need time for that. Please refrain from sending direct requests to the publishers, for example for a demo version, because those will be forwarded to us. For a first impression, Panopto provides own video tutorials  
Further information will be available shortly.