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Online Teaching

Simple ways to communicate your content digitally

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Would you like to make teaching materials available online for students? Or would you like to conduct your course in a virtual or hybrid classroom?

Last Update: 21.10.2020

Then you are in the right place. In this sequence, you will learn how to prepare teaching material digitally and make it accessible for self-study, but also how to conduct your lecture or seminar in a virtual or hybrid classroom.

We recommend simple and pragmatic solutions that you can prepare and implement at home. The following chapters show how you can add spoken text to your slides (Chapter 2) or create audio files (Chapter 3). We also provide tips for publishing media such as videos, slides or PDFs (Chapter 4). If you want to hold your lecture or seminar in a virtual or hybrid classroom, we also have a solution for you (Chapter 5). In addition, the university has recently started to provide a media set that you can use to create your online lecture (Chapter 6).

Perhaps you want both for your lecture: self-study materials as well as virtual classroom sessions. Blended learning is the didactically meaningful combination of synchronous “presence” events in a virtual or physical classroom (or possibly also in a hybrid classroom, i.e. presence in the physical classroom with live transmission for those not present) with self-directed asynchronous learning on the basis of new information and communication media. Detailed instructions for this purpose are available in the Blended-Learning-Guide.

We are aware that the current situation – caused by the Corona pandemic – means additional work for all of us. Nevertheless, please make sure that you comply with copyright law and privacy protection. The data protection officer of the University of Basel has put together a one-page summary of the necessary information that you may download here. Please also note the Regulations for Audio and Image Recording in Teaching (in German). We recommend reading these documents before preparing your next online lecture.

Further useful information about IT tools in teaching can be found in the overview of EduTools. Please find answers to frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page.

If you have any further questions, please contact the following e-mail address:

Are you interested in offering entire lectures online in the future? The New Media Center of the University of Basel offers you the possibility to prepare your contents in a multimedia and professional way with the platform “Tales”. You can find a good example here. The team of the New Media Center of the University of Basel will be happy to guide you through the development and creation of such an online course – but this requires more lead time. We look very much forward to hearing from you.