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Digital Degree Course

At least since the appearance of coronavirus, we know that online learning without face-to-face classes requires more than just getting the video stream of the lecture and the worksheets in e-learning. Learning groups need to be reorganised and rethought, and discussions need to be held in a different format.

Even a university does not have a patent remedy for how this can be achieved. Individual, even unconventional solutions are needed. Contributing, interrupting, and provoking thought is the new order of the day. What the University of Bayreuth can offer is the necessary technical infrastructure. Get an overview of the digital tools available here.

General information for students

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The University Library has licensed a large number of e-books, e-journals, and databases. To use electronic media outside the campus of the University of Bayreuth, you only need to set up the proxy in your browser accordingly.

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For students, there is a wide range of high-quality online courses from various external providers. The range of courses covers all subject areas and can usually be taken free of charge. Whether a course can be credited must be clarified with the instuctor responsible.

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Please contact the IT Service Centre with any general questions about technical solutions.
Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-3003
E-mail: its-beratung@uni-bayreuth.de.

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First-year students face particular challenges in digital semesters. But we won't leave you on your own, and have put together a list of the most important tips.

Digital learning: Online tools for students

e-Learning

E-Learning is the central teaching and learning platform of the University of Bayreuth. Based on the free software Moodle, the platform enables the following virtual means of exchanging information and material:

  • Communication: e-learning allows you to communicate in various ways. These include discussion forums, personal messages to individual users or user groups, and surveys.
  • Document sharing: You can download a wide variety of documents, such as scripts, presentations, exercise materials, etc.
  • Submission of work: It is possible to submit texts and documents, such as homework or exercise sheets, digitally, and thereby make them available for correction.
  • Collaboration: With the activity "Etherpad lite", one can work simultaneously with each other in real time, or create notes. Export as PDF or in Word format for post-processing is also possible.
  • Submission of work: It is possible to submit texts and documents, such as homework or exercise sheets, digitally, and thereby make them available for correction.

Panopto – the video platform of the University of Bayreuth

Lecturers can provide you with video material to accompany lectures via the central video platform Panopto. Neither activation nor the Panoptop Recorder software is required for these offerings. The videos are directly integrated into the corresponding e-learning courses and can be accessed there.

Video, audio & web conferences

MS Teams is a platform developed by Microsoft in Microsoft 365. In addition to chat and video telephony, it offers the possibility of linking all Office programmes with each other. Documents from Word, Excel, or PowerPoint can be exchanged and edited via MS Teams. Participants are organised in groups and permissions are managed individually. This makes it possible for several people to work together on one document. Each user has 1 TB of personal storage space available in OneDrive.

Up to 300 people are allowed to participate in video conferences at the same time. Access is possible via PC, laptop, or smartphone. MS Teams is available as an app in the respective app stores. Teams is available to members of the University of Bayreuth free of charge. External persons can be granted access to a project. Teams offers all the usual functions such as 1:1 video telephony, conferences, lectures, and breakout rooms.

For the use of Teams, it is important to recognise Microsoft's data protection guidelines. Please refer to the information provided by the IT Security Officer of the University of Bayreuth.

Instructions for MS Teams can be found here:

Zoom

To support online teaching, the University of Bayreuth has added Zoom to its range of services and acquired a licence for the entire campus. This means that all employees and students of the University of Bayreuth can use Zoom to hold classes or for group work, and can organise video conferences for up to 300 participants.

Please do not create a profile directly via zoom.com. Zoom can only be accessed via uni-bayreuth.zoom.us. On Zoom.com or in the Zoom app, click on "Login via SSO" and enter uni-bayreuth.zoom.us in the next step. You can then log in to the login service of the University of Bayreuth for Zoom using your personal user ID and the corresponding password. A new licensed profile will be created. If you have any problems, please contact zoom@uni-bayreuth.de.

When you log in for the first time, only your first name, last name, and e-mail address will be transmitted to Zoom. The password is not transmitted. Future logins will also be made via uni-bayreuth.zoom.us, and authentication with user ID and password at the University of Bayreuth.

Further information

Digital media of the University Library

University staff and students can access a variety of digital offerings such as e-books, e-journals, and databases from off-campus via VPN/Proxy or by authentication via Shibboleth (publishers Springer Nature and Wiley). Please also note the information on online versions of journal articles on the website Alternative methods of procuring journal articles.

If you have any questions regarding research, please contact auskunft.ub@uni-bayreuth.de or 0921 / 55-3420. Please also see the website of the Bayreuth University Library.

Software for theses

Access to software and computers of the PC pools

If you need special software for your thesis, please contact us and provide the following information

  • User ID
  • Software required
  • expected time of use
  • type of work
  • supervising professorship

via E-mail at the ITS point of contact at its-beratung@uni-bayreuth.de.

PC-Pools (course software)

Most of the software on the computers of the PC pools is open source and can be downloaded free of charge from the respective developers' sites. For licensing reasons, the IT Service Centre generally cannot make commercial software available elsewhere. The exceptions here are

ArcGIS, licences for eligible students can be obtained from the University's software allocation office by providing the mail address (1st name.surname@uni-bayreuth.de). Mail to softwarecds@uni-bayreuth.de

  • STATA (course software GEO, RW).
  • CorelDraw and Corel Photo-Paint (course software GEO).
  • SPSS (course software BIO, GEO, KW, RW, SPORT); VPN connection required!
  • Matlab (course software ING, GEO, MAT, RW, SPORT); VPN connection required!

These can be made available exclusively for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (64bit) via a streaming server, for students with the corresponding course software activation.

Note: Use a VPN connection only for software for which it is required!

You can find further software under the heading Software for private use on the website of the IT Service Centre.

PC-Linux-Poolsfor Mathematics

The computers of the PC Linux Pool of Mathematics can be reached from off-campus via SSH together with VPN and authentication with user ID from the University of Bayreuth.