Find and create learning media
On this page we have compiled instructions and tips for the use of digital media in online teaching. The topic of instructional videos (e.g. screencasts) is particularly important here, as well as tips on the correct research for image and learning material. In this context, you will also find information on copyright in teaching.
You can find more informations and tutorials in the moodle course "Lehren und Lernen mit digitalen Medien".
Where can I find materials for my online teaching?
Before you create your own materials, we recommend that you first check whether there are already suitable resources for your subject area. Many materials (e.g. scripts, worksheets, videos, graphics, illustrations or even tests and entire learning modules) are freely available on various websites or platforms. You can link to them from your Moodle course. Open Educational Resources in particular can also be easily integrated into your own materials and adapted to your needs and teaching goals.
Platforms for Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER) ) are characterized by the fact that they are under an open license, which allows the use, redistribution and modification of the materials for their own purposes and objectives. OERs can take the form of many different materials: pictures, scripts, videos, books or entire courses. The great advantage of OER is that they can be used legally and free of charge.
- OER-Repositorium Baden Württemberg
The Central OER Repository (ZOERR) of the universities in Baden-Württemberg collects Open Educational Resources from the university sector.
- OpenLearnWare (TU Darmstadt)
Lecture recordings from many departments can be accessed or linked here.
- MITOPENCOURSEWARE (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
MIT has been publishing free educational materials since 2002, mainly lecture notes, but also texts or entire courses with materials, activities and e-assessments.
- Hamburg Open Online University
Here you will find a collection of courses and learning materials that you may use (link) in your courses.
- TIB AV-Portal
"The TIB AV-Portal offers access to quality-tested scientific films from the fields of technology as well as architecture, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics". (from the self-description of the portal)
- MOOIN - oncampus
Online university of applied sciences with a wide range of free and fee-based courses. Due to the corona crisis, it has been decided to offer many of the further education courses free of charge. The materials used in the courses are partly under free licence and can also be used in your courses. Or you can refer to complete courses, which you can then discuss further with the students in your teaching. You can also learn more about the OER in the OER Expert Training. If you have any questions, the team of the OER Agency at the Ulm University will support you.
Sharing learning materials as OER
You have created learning materials yourself and are willing to share them with other teachers? GREAT! For publication we recommend the ZOERR (Central OER Repository of the Universities BaWü). All lecturers of the Ulm University can publish their own teaching materials here under open licences. By assigning keywords, the the materials are easily searchable and highly visible. Many of the materials are also transferred to the search catalogues of the university libraries.
Audio and video portals
In addition to the audio and video resources listed at Open Educational Resources, you can access and link to the following resources in your Moodle courses:
- Lecture2Go (Universität Hamburg)
Lecture recordings and teaching videos of the University of Hamburg are stored here. In the video catalogue it is possible to sort the videos by subject.
- Videoportal der FAU Erlangen
Lecture recordings from many fields.
- Podcast-Portal der Universität Graz
Here you can find recordings and teaching videos as well as audio podcasts of TU Graz. You can find them on the right-hand side via the "Podcast-Categories". Most of the content on this portal is under open licence.
- E-Lecture-Portal der Universität Frankfurt
Collection of lecture recordings of the Goethe University.
- Medienportal der Universität Freiburg
Lecture recordings with good sorting of the contents.
Also on YouTube you will find many very good videos that you can use in your teaching. Many universities or lecturers publish videos on their own YouTube channels instead of on university portals. You will find many well-made short clips on YouTube - it doesn't always have to be complete lecture recordings!
Sources for literature and illustrations
First source for literature searches is surely our kiz library. Here you can find a variety of e-media, i.e. e-books and e-journals. You can link to these sources from Moodle. But please note that often it is only possible to access these sources if the VPN client is activated.
E-media at the kiz library
On the following pages you will also find pictures and graphics which you may use for various purposes, e.g. to make your own teaching materials more appealing or to enrich them with visual content:
A portal of images under a very open license. Actually, the images may be used for any purpose WITHOUT stating the source, they just may not be printed unchanged on sales products or put into other image databases. Both should not apply to University use purposes. Please make a note of where you got the pictures from when you use them. After the free download Pixabay will suggest a source reference. One of the big advantages of the Pixabay database is that it generates good hits even with German search terms - no wonder, the founders are also from near Ulm, so you can call this a regional product ;-)
- Pexels - Free Stock Photos
Here the same applies as with Pixabay: You can do without almost everything and also without the source citation. However, please document where you got the pictures you used. Here you need English search terms for good hits.
- clker.com - Free Cliparts
This database contains cliparts under the license CC0. They can therefore be used for any purpose without any conditions. Again, please: document your image sources.
Notes on copyright in online teaching
Legal questions often arise in connection with e-learning. These particularly concern the areas of copyright law and data protection law. Our team does not include legal experts; therefore, we cannot provide binding information on legal issues.
However, we work closely with the Department of Law and Organisation (I-2) and will be happy to work with you to find the solution to your e-learning legal questions. On the e-learning portal we have put together some basic information on legal issues of e-learning for you. On these pages you will find information on your basic orientation. We will also refer you to more detailed information and self-study materials, which you can use to deepen the individual topics.
To the E-learning portal
Create instructional videos and screencasts easily
In some cases, it is important for you as a teacher but also for the students that contents (e.g. graphics, data, formulas) can be explained or discussed orally by you. In online teaching, so-called screencasts are the simplest means here:
In screencasts, content that is displayed on a screen (laptop, tablet) and your voice are recorded and saved as a video file. So you can discuss a variety of content: Powerpoint slides, PDF files, websites & software. Make sure that your videos are as short as possible (max. 15-20 minutes).
Please always upload your videos to Moodle via Opencast.
Below are instructions on how to produce screencasts on various devices.