The digital start of the semester - Lectures in the virtual lecture hall

The summer semesters at universities and colleges are about to start, and since face-to-face events cannot take place for the time being, faculties must find a digital way to stream their teaching content to students' laptops. This poses a major challenge for many educational institutions.

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To succeed in tackling this challenge you need to digitize all educationally relevant structures as quickly as possible. Curriculums need to be redesigned, teachers trained, students informed. To do this, technical events must be reviewed, server capacities expanded, and necessary software licenses for conference systems purchased. A completely new virtual infrastructure must be created.

How the whole thing works in practice is the real challenge. Since few teachers have experience with online seminars and virtual lectures, they need to re-adjust, get to know the software and learn how to use the appropriate features correctly. Therefore, an important aspect of selecting a software should be an easy-to-use user interface with self-explanatory features.

Since the lecturers cannot see their listeners, you have to find a new way to find out the student's level of learning without being able to read it in their faces. This can be done via an online control test, a chat for feedback and questions, a forum for discussion, or a personal video talk. There are enough digital possibilities for this. However, when choosing a suitable solution, you should make sure that these options are included in the package. This is because software for holding virtual courses differ in some of their functions.

In addition to transmitting video and audio, the software should have features such as booking and setting up virtual rooms, text chat, the ability to share presentations and screen content, as well as recording and playing options. You can permanently download lectures that you held and save them on the study course's learning platform.

The equipment is crucial for the high-quality transmission of the virtual course. Two screens, a webcam and a headset are the minimum a lecturer needs for an interactive seminar. This can be supplemented with a digital whiteboard or a graphics tablet with digital pen to make markings, additions or underlines if required. This supports the interactive possibilities of action of the teacher. If your facility is still in the process of switching from analogue to digital, we will be happy to assist you with this, advise you on the selection and implementation and provide you with the necessary hardware for a promising start to the semester.

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