Introduction to teaching digitally

First steps towards remote learning

Start: Information in u:find, Setting up Moodle

We ask you as teaching staff to ...

  • make further procedures transparent on u:find (via the u:space interface for teaching staff)
  • make materials available on Moodle if possible and
  • inform students actively via e-mail using u:space (interface for teaching staff)

This article from our "Infopool besser lehren" provides you with pragmatic strategies for adapting your courses to remote learning.

Asynchronous teaching


In asynchronous teaching, lecturers and students do not have to be present at the same time (unlike, for example, in traditional lectures or webinars). The advantages: Lecturers can prepare the teaching units when and where they want. Students learn at their own pace, when and where they want. With "Assignment" and "Forum" we explain two Moodle tools for asynchronous teaching. Also blogs, wikis or the good old e-mail enable asynchronous teaching and learning.

Please note: Formulate tasks as precisely as possible, because students access the learning materials when you are not online and thus do not have the possibility to ask for clarification.


Example 1 - Assignment

Use the Assignment activity in Moodle. Formulate a task (tips on how to create it), assign a deadline (1-2 weeks) and then collect the completed task in Moodle and give feedback (tips on how to give feedback).

Information on creating assignment are available here:


Example 2 - Forum

Use the Moodle activities Link and Forum. Here you can provide material (e.g. essays, ...) via link and have students discuss aspects of it in a forum. Proceed as follows: First, each student should post a question concerning the content. The colleagues should then comment on at least 2 questions and follow up on these. Here you can find recommendations on how to organise forum discussions.

Information on including files and links are available here: 

Staff support

In some study programme administrations, student e-multipliers can support the transition to remote learning (e.g. through workshops, consultations, moodle support). The e-multipliers continue to work for those courses to which they have been assigned by the CTL and SPL. Additional time resources can be used to answer requests for lecturers of the respective SPL. Requests that go beyond the e-multipliers' capacities will be forwarded to the Team Digital Teaching. Here you can find a list of SPLs with active e-multipliers and their contact details.

If you would like support for courses with a strong focus on writing skills, please contact

Exchange with teaching staff

Teaching staff can exchange their best practice solutions, tips and tricks (if necessary, discipline-specific) in a dedicated Moodle course. This course is not moderated by the CTL.

Comparison: Webinar tools at the University of Vienna

Here you can find a comparison of webinar tools available at the University of Vienna (In German).

Who can help me with questions?

For didactic questions please contact the Team Digital Teaching and Learning using the contact form.

For technical questions regarding the use of Moodle please contact the Servicedesk (Login required).