Hybrid teaching

Courses that are simultaneously offered on campus (for one group of students) and online (for another group of students) are called hybrid courses.

Detailed instructions for conducting hybrid courses

Classrooms equipped for hybrid courses

1. Fully-equipped for opencast

  • Lecture recording
  • Livestreaming
  • Equipment integrated in the control panels, including USB connection
  • Camera system (depending on the room: either static or dynamic)
  • Audio equipment using wireless microphones
Current classrooms: A600 (Audimax), A701, R511, R512, R611, R711

Planned classrooms: R513, R712, M629, BG335 (Orangerie)

2. Seminar rooms with ceiling microphones

  • In-room microphone and loudspeaker
  • Audio equipment accessible via USB connection on the teacher’s laptop
  • No pre-installed camera, external camera possible
  • No equipment for recording lectures
Current classrooms: F424, F425, F426, F427, F428, F429, G304, G305, G306, G307, G308, H303, H304, H305, H306, H307

Planned classrooms: G309, G227, G227a

What do teachers need for hybrid teaching?

  • An on-campus classroom with internet access (eduroam WLAN/Wi-Fi) and a projector
  • Teacher and, ideally, an on-campus assistant (who attends to the web conference chat) who each have a laptop and webcam
  • A web conferencing platform (BBB, WebEx, Zoom)
  • For better sound quality: Meeting Owl or Jabra speaker (see "Mobile conference hands-free devices for hybrid courses")

Workshops on hybrid teaching

The e-learning team organizes workshops for lecturers on hybrid teaching. You will get to know different scenarios for hybrid teaching and can try out the corresponding technical equipment and scenarios for yourself.

Next dates: provided upon request

Registration: ILIAS course

Location: Teaching Lab (BS 522)
Speakers: Sigmar Papendick and Sabine Wiechmann.

If you would like to participate in a hybrid teaching workshop or try out the Meeting Owl, you are welcome to contact us via email.

How does a hybrid class work?

Two different scenarios are possible, depending on whether the teacher uses a headset or a conference hands-free device (recommended).

a) Scenario with a headset
The teacher connects their laptop to the projector and headset before starting a web conference. Comments made by on-campus participants are repeated by the teacher so that online participants in the conference can hear them. Comments by online participants are also repeated by the teacher for the on-campus participants . The teacher's presentation is shared with online participants and presented to the on-campus students via the projector. The teacher is visible to online participants via the laptop's webcam.

b) Scenario with a conference hands-free device (e.g. Meeting Owl) or ceiling microphone sound system
The teacher connects their laptop with the projector and (via the USB port) with the conference hands-free device. In rooms with the corresponding equipment, they can instead connect to the room's microphone/sound system using the USB port. Afterwards, they start a web conference and use the microphone and loudspeaker in the conference hands-free device. In the case of the Meeting Owls, they also use the device's built-in camera. Comments made by the teacher and on-campus participants are directly broadcast into the web conference. The teacher does not need to repeat them. The teacher's presentation is shared with online participants and presented to the on-campus students via the projector.

ALL students, both on campus and online, must have consented to the data protection information for web conferencing purposes BEFOREHAND.
On-campus participants who do not give their consent can signal (as agreed upon beforehand) that they would not like to be broadcast via video/audio, and they can then sit in a separate location. Online participants who do not give their consent can deactivate their cameras and microphones. The teacher or other assisting person must then paraphrase comments from these students for the on-campus students or read out loud their comments from the chat.

More information and potential scenarios are explained in the instructions for hybrid teaching linked above.

Mobile devices for hybrid courses

The KIM Library and IT Support desk now lends out mobile conference hands-free devices:

  •  Jabra Speak 750: Combination microphone/loudspeaker for small groups. Small and mobile since it is battery-powered, laptops/mobile devices connect via bluetooth. Participants should not be more than 5 metres from the device, but two devices an be connected to improve microphone performance.
  •  Meeting Owl Pro: Combination microphone/loudspeaker with a 360° camera that zooms in on speakers, suitable for seminar rooms with up to 25 persons. The device needs an electric outlet, laptops/mobile devices connect via USB port. Quick start guide and detailed instructions for using the Meeting Owl.

All university staff can pick up the devices at any time from the KIM Library and IT Support desk, we do, however, recommend reserving one ahead of time in the respective ILIAS course.

Which data protection regulations apply?

The same rules apply to hybrid courses as to online teaching. If the course will not be recorded, it is sufficient to inform students at the beginning. More information is available in the data protection information for online teaching (blue box below).