Specific questions for teachers

The latest FAQ for teachers

Please be aware: Whenever new federal guidelines for dealing with the Corona pandemic are announced, they first have to be translated into state law in the individual federal states. If corresponding general regulations are established for Bavaria, specific regulations for the Bavarian universities and colleges may also result. This process usually takes a few days before detailed, legally binding regulations are issued. As soon as the university executive board is aware of new developments or the executive board passes new resolutions itself, we will inform you immediately on these pages. Until then, the most recent information communicated and published here applies to the University of Bamberg.

► 25 May 2022

Organization of teaching

If students, despite being warned, refuse to comply with applicable corona-related regulations such as the wearing of masks, and if there is no credible reason for exception, instructors may exercise the right to deny access and may expel the persons concerned from the building. If necessary, it may be advisable to involve colleagues or superiors in the enforcement of sanctions. Above all, however, instructors must set a good example in complying with corona regulations like required mask wearing.

All staff and part-time lecturers of the university as well as the security service responsible for inspections are authorised and obliged to enforce compliance with the rules. If persons refuse to comply with the rules, the police should be called to assist and the incident (including the name of the person concerned) should be reported immediately to kontaktstelle.covid19(at)uni-bamberg.de.

If you become aware of any positively confirmed corona infection, please contact Ms. Ziegmann from the security department (+49 951 863 1096 or Sicherheitswesen(at)uni-bamberg.de).

In general, there is less possibility of an infection, if the
protective measures were met. If there has been an existing infection during a course, the lecturer must inform the participants about the incident. Direct contact persons will be informed by the health department.

For the protection of all, teaching is moving for the most part to the digital space. Clearly, this involves a considerable additional effort for everyone. In order to address uncertainties, the following is a short list of minimum requirements for summer semester courses:

  • The Virtual Campus (VC) companion course set up by the computing centre should serve as the primary (digital) tool and virtual working space.
  • In order to help students orient themselves, a short general introduction into the organisation of the course should be provided (including course procedure/structure; module classification; information on verification of achievement).
  • As before, written materials pertinent to course topics and content (slides, literature and, where applicable, lists of specific tasks or coursework) should be provided.
    The University Library can provide you with digital versions of the required literature by procuring e-books whenever possible and by offering a digitalisation service. Currently, only 15% of a copyrighted work or individual journal articles and illustrations may be made accessible in digital course reserves without a licence. Bavaria's universities are campaigning for a temporary suspension of these copyright provisions. However, it is not yet foreseeable whether this effort will be successful.
  • Students should have a regular opportunity (e.g. every week or every two weeks) to pose questions and offer feedback on the individual course topics (e.g. via chats).
  • For communication with students, the scheduled course sessions should be used whenever possible in order to avoid any overlap.
  • Furthermore, for students there is no compulsory attendance for online teaching or classroom teaching. Exceptions are made for courses identified in study and examination regulations as requiring attendance, although regular attendance can now also be provided in electronic/digital teaching formats.

Activities and the use of corresponding tools beyond those listed above are of course always appreciated. Please take into account the information provided in other FAQs concerning the virtual campus as a central platform, further alternatives to classroom teaching, the tools provided by the computing centre for organising online teaching, as well as concerning personal support services.

The Virtual Campus (VC) is the central platform for online teaching at the University of Bamberg. Here, students must be able to find a virtaul companion course for every regularly announced course. Within VC courses, students and instructors can communicate and consolodate all relevant information and course material.

Subject groups can create a central VC course that provieds general information on topics like pursuing studies in a particular field under the unique conditions of the corona pandemic.

For questions concerning the use of the Virtual Campus, please contact the IT-Support team by telephone or email at 0951/863-1333 or it-support(at)uni-bamberg.de, respectively.

Please also find information on further alternatives to classroom teaching and take advantage of our personal support services (see FAQs on both subjects).

 

In addition to utlising the Virtual Campus as a central platform (see FAQ above), there are numerous possibilities for virtual teaching:

1) Computing Centre offerings

The university Computing Centre has compiled a range of alternatives for online teaching. The site is continuously supplemented and updated. In short introductory sessions, instructors can familiarise themselves with the Panopto video recording system and the video conferencing services provided by the German National Research and Education Network (DFN-Verein): These provide a platform for webinars and virtual office hours. Additionally, the Computing Centre also provides other simple tools and instructions that can be used for things like chatting and jointly working on files.

If you are interested in such an event, please contact the Computing Centre's IT support team to make arrangements - preferably for several persons from one departmet or chair. Training events are offerd as location-independent webinars. Additional information and the opportunity to register will be provided in a VC course.

If you have general questions concerning technological possibilities for online teaching, please also contact IT support by phone at 0951/863-1333 or by email at it-support(at)uni-bamberg.de.

2) Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern (vhb)

  • Make the students in your subject aware of the existing vhb offering in the CLASSIC.vhb section.
  • Check whether you can integrate offerings in the OPEN.vhb section into your courses, e.g. by additionally having these courses supervised by instructors in your subject and combining them with examinations.
  • You can use stored elements from the SMART.vhb section as part of your courses.
  • In light of the current situation, the vhb has temporarily expanded its course offering. An overview of current and additional courses can be found here (in German).

Please also take advantage of personal support services (see FAQ) like those offered by the deans of studies.

The university board of management asks that instructors work together in an interdisciplinary and solution-oriented manner in order to enable stuents to pursue their studies even under difficult conditions. Mutual support is extremely valuable:

1) Support from the deans of studies
Each faculty's office of the dean of studies will provide support for teaching staff. It would, for instance, be beneficial and mutually supportive if those of you willing and able to do so based on experience in web-supported teaching would offer your assistance to the deans. Conversely, those with no experience in this area should not hesitate to seek and avail themselves of assistance:

2) Support for video production

In order to provide some relief for the university's media technology section and computing centre, Dr. Dominik Herrmann, Professor of Privacy and Security, has set up a semi-professional recording and streaming studio in the ERBA building WE5, An der Weberei 5. Here instuctors can easily produce videos and and have the option to transmit them live on the internet. The studio is available to anyone who would like to digitise presentations or courses and Prof. Herrmann is happy to advise anyone interested in audio/video technology.

For information, please contact Prof. Herrmann at dominik.herrmann(at)uni-bamberg.de or visit the studio website.

3) Support from the Centre for Teacher Training (ZLB)

Beginning 20 April, Lisa Dücker and Anja Gärtig-Daugs will open their digitisation consultations on the subject of online teaching to all faculties. Originally, these consultations were designed for the various uses of DigiLLabs within teacher training programmes. In order to support instructors in converting classroom teaching to digital formats, there is now additional, subject-independent help available during office hours: among other things, this includes handling tools that can be used not only for digital teaching at the University of Bamberg, but also for the search for additional tools for specific purposes, as well as for literature research and procurement in times of closed libraries (see FAQ above).

Consultation hours beginning 20 April are as follows:

  • Lisa Dücker, Mondays from 2 to 4 p.m. via Skype for Business
  • Anja Gärtig-Daugs, Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. via Microsoft Teams

Please arrange a conslutation by mail at lisa.duecker(at)uni-bamberg.de or anja.gaertig-daugs(at)uni-bamberg.de.

The pages of the university's data security officer contain important German-language information on data protection and privacy in the context of digital teaching. Please note the guidelines for online and hybrid teaching.

The University Library can provide you with digital versions of the required literature by procuring e-books whenever possible and by offering a digitalisation service. Currently, only 15% of a copyrighted work or individual journal articles and illustrations may be made accessible in digital course reserves without a licence. Bavaria's universities are campaigning for a temporary suspension of these copyright provisions. However, it is not yet foreseeable whether this effort will be successful.

The Computing Centre and Media Technology staff will actively provide you with support in the semester.

  • If you opt for in-person or hybrid events, the Media Technology staff will show you in advance how to set up and use the media control system and other technical equipment in your seminar room or lecture hall.
  • The Computing Centre can lend you webcams, microphones and tripods for your courses, show you how to connect and use the equipment and also provide instructions.
  • Furthermore, the Computing Centre team can support you in using the computer labs and in deciding whether to hold your course there in person or with the help of virtual computers in the Microsoft Cloud.

Regulations on examinations

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Planning room occupancy with the minimum required distancing is strongly recommended for all examinations – and especially highly frequented examinations. Examination time allowances when wearing masks will no longer be granted. Examiners who would like to reserve suitable rooms for their decentralised examinations during the semester break should contact Facilities Management (fm(at)uni-bamberg.de; Ms. Gegner).

Students with particular health risks verified by a doctor can apply with the responsible examining board for special examination conditions at any time – ad particularly now during the coronavirus pandemic. The Office of Examinations (centrally organised examinations) or the corresponding examiner (decentrally organised examinations) will help you with further questions.

Following the expiration of corresponding, pandemic-related special regulations in the University's Corona Statutes, it is no longer possible for students to withdraw from a university module examination by simply not attending. If students are absent without excuse from an examination for which they are registered, this will again result in a failed attempt due to unexcused absence. For an illness-related withdrawal from examinations, students are again required to present a medical certificate. The Office of Examinations has compiled extensive information on this, which is available in German here: https://www.uni-bamberg.de/pruefungsamt/atteste-formulare-fuer-den-arztbesuch/ This website also provides:

  • a form for the certificate of inability to take an examination in case of not attending a written/oral/practical examination (medical certificate) and
  • a form for requesting a deadline waiver for seminar papers/final theses due to illness combined with a doctor's certificate of inability to take examinations.

Students are advised to use the corresponding form in the event of illness in order to simplify processing. The section with the student and examination data can be edited directly in the PDF, and the correspondingly pre-completed form can then be presented to the examining doctor for certification of the inability to take the examination.

 

Instructors can grant students from abroad and within Germany, who cannot take part in an examination for objective Corona-related reasons, an individual make-up date.

The alternative date must be applied for in written form with suitable evidence to the examiner immediately after the occurrence of the corona-related reasons. The examiner will announce the decision on an alternative date and, if necessary, the alternative form of examination in time.

The coordination with the Dean of Studies is only necessary if the option of a different examination format currently permitted in the Corona Statutes is chosen for the make-up examination.

As per § 2 of the university's Corona Statutes (Corona-Satzung), deviations from course and examination formats are permissible if the originally intended teaching and/or examination format cannot be carried out as planned due to the corona crisis. In this case, the planned teaching and/or examination format may be replaced by a suitable alternative format. Students must be informed of any changes no later than four weeks after the start of the lecture period. If you are planning (or having to plan) any deviations from the original format, please contact those responsible for the degree programme as soon as possible. Your faculty's Dean of Studies will decide on the suitability of alternative teaching and/or examination formats.

If you are not sure whether or not you will be able to conduct an examination in the form stipulated for a specific module, § 2 of the university's Corona Statutes (Corona-Satzung) provieds for the possibility of announcing an alternative in addition to the stipulated examination format. The decision on the final examination format must be communicated to the students four weeks before the planned examination date. If you choose this option, please contact the person responsible for the degree programme as soon as possible. The Dean of Studies of your faculty will decide on the suitability of both options.

Since it is not foreseeable at present whether examinations requiring attendance (oral and invigilated written exams) can be held at a later date in the planned form, it is recommended that instructors choose this variant and announce a second examination format as an alternative to the planned, attendance-required examination. Only in this way can we guarantee safe and reliable conditions for students under the given, constantly changing circumstances.

The University of Bamberg’s Corona Statutes (Corona-Satzung(325.2 KB)) provide the option to choose alternative examination formats in certain circumstances. Any deviations from the original format must be announced in writing no later than four weeks after the start of the lecture period. In well justified exceptional cases, deviations may also be permitted at a later date by the responsible Dean of Studies, provided that the competence-oriented teaching and examination concept can be ensured. In individual cases, you can still make use of this option at short notice by submitting a request to the Dean of Studies. However, the choice of suitable examination formats and a good exchange of information with the students are of the utmost importance.

As per the university’s Corona Statutes (Corona-Satzung) § 3 Abs. 3, the following applies: If it can be verifiably established that a dissertation cannot be published within the period stipulated by the respective doctoral regulations due to restrictions on public life or other effects of the coronavirus, the period for publication of the dissertation may be extended by a maximum of twelve months in individual cases. This also applies to particular exceptional cases in which the deadline has already been extended by the head of the responsible doctoral committee.

Effective immediately, the Office of Examinations offers students the opportunity to digitally review their thesis or dissertation evaluations. More German-language information on how to use this option can be found on the pages of the Office of Examinations website.