How can I offer a consultation hour?

Even - or perhaps especially - when communicating with your students in presence is not possible, there may be important questions that you need to clarify with individual students or groups. We have compiled a list of how you can offer a consultation hour even without being present.

Schedule coordination

The coordination of dates should be well regulated. If necessary, you can make appointments for your online consultation hours using the scheduler activity in your Moodle courses.

By phone

Exchange information with students on the phone. How exactly you establish telephone contact with your students is up to you. You can have the number given to you and call at an agreed time. Alternatively, you can give out a number on which you can be reached on request to students who have arranged a consultation hour, or you can state your number and availability times in your out-of-office message.

By e-mail

Answer your students' questions by e-mail. For the sake of your time management, it may be useful to reserve fixed times for the questions in your daily schedule.

About Moodle

You can answer your students' questions and concerns via discussion forums on your courses. The advantage is that all students are informed, so you may not have to answer questions more than once. Of course, you should not discuss confidential topics here.

Web meeting with Webex

Naturally, synchronous exchange via a web meeting with Webex can also be useful for a consultation hour. Tools that are available are for example a whiteboard, video/audio chat or screen sharing.

For data protection reasons, private solutions such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangout, Skype, FaceTime or similar are not recommended.

Further help and information about Moodle

Moodle demo courses

  • Demo Course Lecture

    In this course we have compiled typical contents and activities for a lecture:

    Demo Course Lecture

  • Demo Course Seminar

    Here you will find helpful activities in Moodle to support your seminar:

    Demo course Seminar

  • Demo Course Internship

    Typical situations of an internship can also be depicted well in Moodle:

    Demo Course Internship

Moodle self-study courses

  • Moodle Basics

    In this course you will learn the basic settings of Moodle and get tips for creating your Moodle course.

    Moodle basics for beginners

  • Online teaching as an alternative to classroom teaching

    In this course we have collected activities, content and tips for using Moodle in typical teaching formats.

    Moodle as an alternative to classroom teaching

  • Moodle course: Competence Centre eEducation

    In this course you will find information about the services offered by the Competence Centre eEducation in Medicine.

    Competence Centre eEducation

  • Moodle possibilities

    In this course you will find all the Moodle features listed once so that you can learn about their function before you use them.

    Moodle possibilities

Links and resources

  • E-Learning Portal: Moodle help & tips

    On the e-learning portal of the University of Ulm you will find many instructions on Moodle and other topics of online teaching (e.g. legal issues).

    E-Learning Portal

  • Moodle Docs

    On the official Moodle documentation you will find detailed descriptions of all the features and activities of Moodle.

    Moodle Docs

  • Moodle 2 - Tools for trainers

    Overview of Moodle activities and corresponding educational goals.

    Moodle 2 - Tools for trainers

  • Learn Moodle 3.7

    YouTube channel with English videos - German subtitles are also available.#

    Learn Moodle 3.7

Help & contact

Help and support in the departments

Contact the digitisation advisors in your department

They are in regular contact with ZLE and kiz and coordinate the online teaching offers.

For technical problems and questions please contact the Help Desk.

For didactic and organisational questions please contact the team of the ZLE.