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What was going on at @digital?

Here you will find a colourful documentation about our past activities in the field of learning and teaching with digital media. Every activity is also a source of something new – we are using this pool and (also) create further offers on this basis.

Browsing through the site, do you get ideas or wishes for future activities?

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The format “Come for a chat… in Zoom!” was launched at the Learning Lab in April 2020, relative to the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis in Germany. The aim was to give students an opportunity to get in touch with each other, to ask questions about learning and studying or simply to chat together about anything, despite the domestic isolation caused by the lockdown. From these first chat sessions, the offer of theme-based Zoom Chat sessions gradually developed, which were moderated by students from all areas of the Learning Lab team.  We are very pleased that the Zoom sessions have become more and more popular, have been constantly asked for and now offer a variety of exciting topics. The following screenshots taken in mid-November 2020 shall illustrate this exemplary.

Which digital tools help me with learning?

The participants of our DiL EXPERT seminar​ in Summer Semester 2020 have dealt with this question and developed their own e-learning module on StudOn as part of their final assignment.

The aim of the project was on the one hand to demonstrate the newly acquired didactic and technical know-how in using the various StudOn tools, and on the other hand to develop a content-wise useful learning unit for students / lecturers who are curious about further digital tools for learning and studying outside StudOn.

Many thanks to the authors* for sharing!

Have a look:

Example: Screenshot from the course “APPsolut einfach” by Paula Weyrauch

Our moderator Sarah has written a report about her Zoom introductory chat of 29.09.2020, which we have the pleasure to quote here:

At the ” Introduction to Zoom”, first semester students can ask questions about Zoom and try out Zoom. They can discuss which or if they have already had experience with Zoom.

Questions such as “How can I share the screen for my PowerPoint presentation related to my speech?” can be asked here and also tried out. It is also possible to try out the various Zoom tools together, such as the Witheboard, on which one can write, draw and set symbols. In addition, one can also try out the other functions of Zoom together, such as the chat function, the reaction emojis (“clapping hands” and “thumbs up”) or the breakout rooms sessions. With the Breakout Rooms it is possible to divide the group into smaller groups for a limited period of time. This function is often used by lecturers for group work within a seminar. It can be very exciting to discover all the different functions of Zoom and to try them out in such a relaxed setting as a Zoom chat.

I look forward to the next Zoom introduction with you!


Digital teaching and learning lives from digital tools that are used in a media-didactically meaningful way. At the Learning Lab we therefore spent the summer exploring H5P, a free and open-source software for creating interactive learning content for the web. First of all, we created a memo game for the Learning Lab – subpage “SWING your hands!“, in which the letters of the alphabet can be assigned to the German finger alphabet in pairs. In addition, the Diversity Scouts will soon be uploading a few more interactive elements! We wish you a lot of fun with it!

We are very happy that all our participants in the event [DiL EXPERT] – Media Didactic Competencies for Academic Teaching in the Summer Semester 2020 have received a certificate and 5 ECTS for their excellent performance! Congratulations!

DiL EXPERTs are trained to support teachers at the FAU in designing and implementing digital teaching/learning scenarios and to integrate digital tools into teaching in a meaningful way. Through the cooperation of teachers and students (co-creation approach) in different phases of teaching – from conception to implementation, from peer-to-peer support to evaluation – resources and experiences of students can be used, their motivation can be increased through participation, and the quality and acceptance of the teaching/learning offers can be further enhanced.

The seminar Media-didactic Competences for Academic Teaching lasted for the three months of the summer semester and comprised three attendance phases (video conferences) and four supervised self-study phases (StudOn courses). It was formatively and summatively assessed by regular feedback rounds and a final evaluation. The course concept proved to be very successful: the participants actively engaged in discussions, wrote forum contributions, eagerly learned with the courses, created their own media-didactic concept and finally developed their own digital learning sequence on StudOn. The authors justified their media-didactic decisions in the plenum on the basis of an e-learning quality concept and received well-deserved positive feedback from their peers and the course supervisors.

The results of the event evaluation consistently show a high to very high degree of satisfaction of the participants with the course format and the newly acquired digital competence. The change of perspective from the role of the learner to the role of the teacher was also experienced by the students as particularly valuable.

We wish all graduates a lot of fun in the practice and further development of their digital literacy and good experiences as co-creators of the digitisation of university courses!

Also for the upcoming hybrid winter semester 2020/21 we want to make it easier for you to enter the world of digitally supported learning and studying! You can now find our “schnell digital studieren!” offer under the name FAU Digitales Studium!


FAU Digitales Studium is designed to make it easier for you to get started and offers answers to questions such as “Which tools help me with my studies?”, “How can I do group work with my fellow students from a distance?”, “How can I make contact with other students despite social distancing, especially if I’m just starting my studies or haven’t even studied in Germany yet? Participating in the first event in Zoom may be a particular hurdle. So that you don’t stumble into the first webinar fresh and inexperienced, you can try yourself out in an informal setting. The student team of the Learning Lab offers regular Zoom chat sessions where you can stumble into, get tips and tricks and ask questions. Take advantage of the offers, try out tools, network and start your studies with FAU Digitales Studium with confidence!

Corona and the digital semester brought deep cuts into the social life of everyone. Suddenly, couch potatoes became everyday heroes. Fortunately, in 2020 there will also be a window to the world beyond the sofa and you don’t necessarily have to be lonely. Video conferencing systems were suddenly the number one buzzword. The Learning Lab initially made it its task to introduce insecure students to the Zoom system used at FAU and to make them fit for online lectures in the daily video chat „Auf einen Plausch in Zoom“. This was a good opportunity to network and exchange ideas with each other. After Zoom soon became part of everyday life for all students, the Learning Lab restructured their offer and since June, now offer online meetings once or twice a week on specific topics. The student assistants of the Learning Lab organize on their own initiative one-hour virtual meetings, sometimes in German, sometimes in English, on topics such as “Feminist Reading Group”, “Black Lives Matter”, “Take a Breather”, with small concentration exercises, game evenings and much more.

Students of all fields of study can still participate in student activities from home and even offer their own events that bring a little variety to this semester’s studies, which are strongly focused on pure learning. The Learning Lab has thus continued to fulfill its mission of the heart and brought “Studying better together” to student computers at home.

Häusliches Lernen im digitalen Semester?

This semester has drastically accelerated digital development. Many teachers, but also students, suddenly faced the challenge of having to complete their studies exclusively online, and more or less alone at home in front of the computer screen. After schnell digital! helped teachers to digitise their teaching, students were able to get support by schnell digital studieren! in no time at all. The website provides tips on how to reorganize everyday student life, lists FAU service points with their online offerings, presents solutions for specific student situations, such as “How can I work on documents together with other students”, “Which tool supports me in learning”, “How and where can I exchange information with other students”, etc.

The Learning Lab’s aim was to make students fit for digital studies while maintaining and strengthening teamwork. When, if and to what extent the study programme will return to lecture halls and seminar rooms cannot yet be predicted, but it is certain that digitalisation will continue to play a major role and that FAU students will be well prepared!


Our currently running seminar “Media Didactic Competences for Academic Teaching” trains students to become DiL EXPERTs, who will be able to support teachers in the conception and implementation of digital teaching/learning scenarios and to integrate digital tools into teaching in a meaningful way. Due to the corona crisis, the seminar does not take place as planned as a blended learning event with a change of presence phases at the Learning Lab and online phases.

Nevertheless, we meet with our students in a common virtual room via Zoom during the attendance times. There, we not only show our learning content on a shared screen and explain didactic models, but also experiment with various possibilities for media-supported teamwork.

Metaplan Technique via FLINGA about success factors of e-learning offers

A classic “Metaplan technique”, for example, we have implemented online via the free tool FLINGA. As moderators, we can bundle the received cards thematically and visibly for everyone like on a metaplan wall. Each participant has his or her chance to speak and comment on his or her thoughts.

Small group discussions to work out a common task can easily take place in “breakout sessions” (a function of Zoom). There, each group can use the whiteboard to record the result of the joint discussion like on a flipchart paper and then present it to the plenary. As moderators, we can ‘visit’ each group, ask them about the status of their discussion and provide further assistance if necessary.

StudOn toolbox: Tools for teaching

Our experience shows that especially the use of breakout sessions for small group work is very well accepted, because the participants get in contact with each other and can become active themselves. – But also in the self-study phases the participants are not left alone. In a supervised forum the students can ask their questions and present their homework. Tasks are partly set as group work, so that the participants stay in contact with each other and can support and motivate each other.

Interim result: We are very happy about our highly motivated group of participants and are already very excited about the implementation of their final task in using the StudOn toolbox and creating their own small, media-didactically appealing e-learning course!

The summer semester begins and everything is suddenly different from what we thought and planned. For weeks most of us have been sitting at home alone or in the smallest group of people. Many of you are certainly unsure and do not yet know how the new semester will look like and how you should now deal with the sudden “rapid” wave of digitalization. The FAU teachers are already supported by schnell-digital! This offer will now also be available for you as students. We would like to guide you through this time with ‘schnell digital studieren!’

Furthermore, we are at your disposal with advice on studying, everyday life, your worries and problems with referrals to the appropriate advice centres. To ensure that you can stay in touch, the Learning Lab offers a virtual room in which you can exchange ideas, simply chat or use the conference tool Zoom to get your first orientation. The writing centre of the Learning Lab is also becoming increasingly digital and will accompany you with advice and information through your term papers, final papers and other writing processes. We will also present digital tools and offers from FAU, which you can use to continue your studies during this time. The range of services will gradually expand, so it is always worth visiting from time to time. We will continue to be there for and with you!

On 4 and 5 March 2020, EPALE Deutschland and the Institut für Lern-Innovatio organised a barcamp on the topic of Open Educational Resources. In a relaxed atmosphere, students and teachers from schools, universities and further education institutions exchanged information on current OER issues, discussed questions and ideas about innovative and creative learning scenarios and also experimented with digital tools for communication and collaboration. Further information on the programme can be found here:


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Liebe Studierende der FAU,

der Learning Lab – Adventskalender geht in die erste Runde 🙂

Ihr findet jeden Tag Tipps, Facts, Fragen, Info´s, Quizzes, Spiele,… rund um die Themen Schreiben, Lernen, digitales Lernen und Diversity.

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1. Preis: Ein Büchergutschein im Wert von 50 EUR

2. Preis: Ein Kinogutschein für das Cinecitta Deluxe in Nürnberg oder das Manhattan Deluxe in Erlangen im Wert von 30 EUR

3. Preis: Ein Gutschein für einen Artikel aus dem FAU-Shop im Wert von 20 EUR.

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Macht fleißig mit!

Wir wünschen Euch eine schöne Adventszeit.









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Do you struggle with procrastination when starting new research projects?


– Give yourself a deadline to research 3 new ideas related to your project

– When complete, reward yourself with something you love and then make your next deadline

– Repeat! (It’s a win-win situation)




Fun-Fact: Alles andere als eine Schreibblockade hatte Jack Kerouac, als er seinen Roman „On the Road“ schrieb. Er verfasste das Manuskript auf einer über 30m langen Papierrolle in nur drei Wochen!







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Aoccdrnig to rseearch, the oredr of ltteers in a wrod deosn’t mttaer, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteres are in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a tatol mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed lteter by lteter but the wrod as a wlohe.

Isn’t the hmuan brian aosbtluley phoenmneal?





Interessant: Das Schulbuch von Comenius wurde mittlerweile in zahlreiche Sprachen übersetzt und in hunderten von Auflagen nachgedruckt. Schau doch mal rein über die Buchsuche von Google!







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What do you do when you get stuck writing a section of your project?
• Try talking about your ideas with a fellow student or colleague and write down any ideas that may come to mind or come up during your conversation




Wusstest Du schon…

Queer ist ein Sammelbegriff für LGBTIQ* (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Transident, Intersexual, Asexual, Agender, Genderqueer, Questioning [1] und steht für Menschen und Themen, die sich nicht in das heteronormative Ordnungssystem eingliedern (wollen). [2]
Das Referat Queer der FAU bietet Raum für queere Menschen und Themen, macht Aktionen und informiert Euch gerne.
[1] diese Begriffe sind immer Selbstbezeichnungen und müssen als solche auch respektiert werden.
[2] Das Konzept der Heteronormativität setzt Heterosexualität und Zweigeschlechtlichkeit als quasi-natürliche Normen voraus und stellt diese in einen unmittelbaren Zusammenhang.

Quelle: Heß, R./Leicht, I. (2017): Sexuelle Selbstbestimmung in der Kommune. Bestandsaufnahme und Handlungsempfehlungen für die Städte Nürnberg und Erlangen, Erlangen







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Wusstest Du schon: es gibt StudOn jetzt auch als App!

StudOn steht dir seit diesem Wintersemester endlich auch als App zur Verfügung! Mit der aus Studienzuschüssen finanzierten StudOn-App kannst du als Nutzer*in der Lernplattform Dateien aus StudOn direkt auf dein Mobilgerät laden und diese offline verfügbar machen. Kurse, Gruppen und Kursinhalte kannst du als Favoriten markieren. Mit nur einem Klick lädst du die Dateien ganzer Kurse und Ordner direkt auf dein Mobilgerät. Auch Nachrichten aus StudOn, wie z.B. Forenbeiträge, werden Dir direkt über die App auf dem Mobilgerät angezeigt. Dies und noch viel mehr bietet Dir neue StudOn-App. Schau doch gleich mal in die Stores: Verfügbar im Play Store und im App Store.





Fun-Fact: Virginia Woolfe schrieb ihre Bücher nur im Stehen.









Wusstest Du schon…

Intersektionalität bedeutet das gleichzeitige Zusammenwirken von sozialen Ungleichheiten. Im Sinne der Intersektionalität geht es also nicht allein um die Berücksichtigung mehrerer Diskriminierungsdimensionen wie Rassismus, Antisemitismus, Sexismus, Homophobie, Ableismus/Behindertenfeindlichkeit oder Klassismus, sondern auch um die Beachtung ihrer Wechselwirkungen untereinander.
Quelle: Walgenbach, K. (2012): Intersektionalität – eine Einführung. URL: www.portal-intersektionalitä







„Kann ich Ihnen helfen“? in Deutscher Gebärdensprache (DGS)



Quelle: Institut für Lern-Innovation, ERASMUS+ Projekt SWING: Sign Languages in Work Inclusion Gain



Schau hin und lerne! – Digitales Lernkarten-Training mit den Möglichkeiten der StudOn-Plattform ILIAS
Die StudOn-Plattform ILIAS bietet ausgewählte digitale Tools, um das Lernen zu unterstützen. Eines dieser Tools ist das Lernkarten-Training, das sich besonders gut für den Spracherwerb eignet. In dem europäischen ERASMUS+ – Projekt SWING (Signs for Work Inclusion Gain) nutzt das Institut für Lern-Innovation die Funktion der digitalen Lern-Karten zum Erlernen ausgewählter Begriffe und Sätze in Deutscher Gebärdensprache (DGS). Auf einer Seite der digitalen Lernkarte steht dann ein Begriff oder ein Satz, wie z.B. „Kann ich Ihnen helfen“, auf der anderen Seite das entsprechende Gebärdensprachvideo. Der Clou dabei: durch eine eigene technische Weiterentwicklung werden die Lernkarten-Trainings ab 2020 als Trainings-Apps zur Verfügung stehen! Weitere Infos folgen in Kürze auf und





Do you have difficulty getting started when it comes to writing?


– Try to explain what you want to say aloud first

– Try recording yourself (with a phone app) and then using the recording to inspire your writing








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Andrang beim Test der VR-Brille

The Long Night of Science #NDW19 at the Learning Lab was very busy! The Institut für Lern-Innovation offered an exciting project rally, where visitors could gain insight into innovative learning systems for different topics and target groups at the provided laptops. The virtual reality glasses also met with great interest. Longer waiting times were gladly accepted, in order to finally slip for example into the role of a red blood cell and jet through the human body.

Pictures below: Insights into the SWING-Projekt to promote sign language competence through learning and training apps created at the ILI:

Information about the sign language Apps in the Project SWING

From 10 to 12 October 2019, the ErasmusDays took place for the third time throughout Europe! The media campaign around the ErasmusDays helps institutions to publicise their international educational co-operations and commitment. For this occasion, the Institut für Lern-Innovation (ILI) organised a street campaign on 10 October 2019 directly in front of the main library of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU). Under the motto “ERASMUS moves” a colourful tandem presented the range of our EU projects with exciting digital implementations using analogue information material (flyers, postcards). Our eye-catcher was well visited! Have a look yourself!

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