Switch from hybrid to digital teaching

Here you can find a summary of all relevant information from the website ctl.univie.ac.at as well as the Moodle Newsroom (the registration key can be found in the Intranet) for a quick switch of a course from ‘on-site’ or ‘hybrid’ to purely digital. Ideally, whether on-site or hybrid, Moodle should at least be used as a communication medium and location for teaching/learning materials from the beginning of the course on.



Didactical tips for the switch

Basically, you may decide whether to hold your teaching or parts thereof in a digitally synchronous manner (simultaneous, live), or in a digitally asynchronous manner (with time delay)

Holding the course synchronously (simultaneous, live)


Direct interaction with students is possible

With video conferencing tools

Use the video conferencing tools BigBlueButton (1-100 persons), Collaborate (1-250 persons) or Collaborate 250+ (1-500 persons). Interactions with students are possible via chat, surveys, as well as through student’s verbal contributions. Use the breakout rooms, if you would like to have students work together.

With u:stream

Broadcast your course live from the lecture hall with u:stream. Interaction with students is possible via the forum in Moodle (with time delay!) or with the help of student response systems (on smartphones).

Holding the course asynchronously (with time delay)


  • Learning takes places at a time of one’s own choosing and at one’s own pace.
  • Learners access the platform at different times and so system instability hardly ever occurs.

Accompaniment with forum and office hours

You can also offer parts of your course asynchronously. However, students then have no direct contact with you. Offer at least office hours and have a presence in the forum in order to enable questions and communication to take place. The ideal solution is the combination with several sessions as a video conference in order to ensure direct interaction.

Enabling interaction and collaboration for students


During the course:

  • Use breakout rooms in BBB for students (instructions, in German)
  • Use working groups in Collaborate (instructions, in German)

Outside of the course, by students:

asynchronously /with time delay

Enabling student presentations


  • transmission using video conference tool (see above)

asynchronously/with time delay

Practical implementation

Information and instructions on how you can use the hybrid templates in Moodle can be found at each of the following links concerned:

In the Moodle Examples course (in German), you can become familiar with all the activities and work materials from a student’s perspective. For each element, illustrative examples have been created so that you can get an idea of the workings behind it. We encourage you to try out the learning elements yourself.

An overview of all Moodle activities can be found in the Moodle u:wiki (in German).



Further resources

Sharing thoughts

Would you like to share your thoughts on digital teaching with your colleagues?

The Moodle Newsroom is designed to offer space for sharing thoughts and ideas on teaching digitally using Moodle, as well as to inform users of new developments in digital teaching and learning at the University of Vienna, and to encourage student-centred E-Learning and Blended Learning. The registration key for the course run by the CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning) and the ZID (Vienna University Computer Center) can be found in the Intranet.

Technical instructions for Moodle

You can find technical instructions for Moodle in the Moodle u:wiki (in German).

Personal support and consultation