At this point we try to collect the information available in the Dean's Office of Studies of the Faculty on the effects of the corona pandemic on the teaching and examination activities of the faculty.
Current information from the Presidential Board on this topic can be found on the website https://uol.de/en/info-coronavirus.
About 70% of the rooms are available for course planning: Seating capacity has been reduced from 6,131 to 1,500 seats in order to comply with the necessary distance rules.
Currently, the teaching units are putting together the courses that are to take place in the winter semester 2020/21, preferably in attendance or partial attendance. Courses for first semester students are to be given priority. At the beginning of August, the room office will allocate the rooms for the courses in attendance.
Further information on teaching in the winter semester 2020/21 is expected from the Presidential Board shortly.
The following maximum number of participants for examinations is permitted in the rooms:
A14 0-030 - 18 places
A14 0-031 - 18 places
A14 Lecture hall 1 - 81 seats
A14 Lecture hall 2 - 45 seats
A14 1-112 - 18 seats
A14 1-113 - 18 seats
A14 1-114 - 8 seats
A14 1-115 - 8 seats
V03 0-C001 - 20 places
V03 0-C002 - 38 places
V03 0-C003 - 20 places
V03 0-D001 - 20 places
V03 0-D002 - 38 places
V03 0-D003 - 20 places
W32 0-005 - 32 places
W32 1-112 - 16 places
W32 1-113 - 12 places
Finally, the official handbook for examinations in the A14 building as part of the university's special operations is available. The handbook addresses both teachers and students and should be observed.
It is especially important for examiners that Appendices 1 and 2 are handed out to each student with the exam.
The students' contact details are to be collected during the exams.
The handouts have been sent to all teachers and students via the university mailing lists for information purposes.
Students who belong to a risk group, are pregnant or breastfeeding can report this to the examination office. Students can find the corresponding form and further information on the page: https://uol.de/en/students/exams
In order to protect health, the Presidium has decided on a basic mask obligation, i.e. the wearing of a mouth and nose protector (MNS), on the traffic areas (e.g. entrance areas, corridors, staircases) for all buildings and rentals.
Possible exemptions from the obligation to wear masks for persons with physical or health restrictions are based on the Lower Saxony Ordinance for the Control of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The coming winter semester 2020/21 will probably still have to take place under the influence of the corona pandemic.
The Executive Board has decided to conduct the winter semester as a so-called "hybrid semester". This means that theoretical courses (e.g. lectures) will continue to be organised as online courses. Courses with a practical part (e.g. internships) should be able to take place in attendance with the corresponding approved hazard concepts.
This fact should be taken into account when planning courses for the winter semester. A precise scheduling of the start of the semester (regular start of the semester would be October 19, KMK corner points November 2) will probably not be made until the end of June.
The Executive Committee has passed a resolution (2020/201) to expand the special operations to include teaching.
The resolution opens up the possibility of holding courses with practical parts in attendance in justified exceptional cases. The basis for this is in each case an approved protection and hygiene concept.
The Presidium has decided that the evaluation of events will not take place this semester.
In order to enable lecturers to give immediate feedback on their use of digital tools in the respective courses, the University of Oldenburg offers a specifically tailored questionnaire on request. This will be made available as an online questionnaire in Stud.IP in the respective courses. This offer is voluntary and serves exclusively for personal feedback. The procedure is the same as for the online-based course evaluation. The students' feedback gives the teachers the opportunity to adapt and optimize their digitally conducted teaching during the semester. This evaluation is carried out about 4-6 weeks before the end of the course. In addition, a short survey of the students and one of the lecturers is planned at the end of the semester.
Please register with the Office for Students´Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org by 13.05. if you would like to receive feedback on online teaching via a questionnaire in Stud. IP should be obtained for your course.
Each course should take place according to the original semester plan. Rescheduling to a different time during the week or into the semester break and conversion into a block event can only be done in agreement with the Dean of Studies.
Direct communication with the students within the framework of the event should preferably take place during the scheduled event times so that the students can also participate.
All preparatory and accompanying events for the internships should take place.
Please pay attention to the workload of your events and keep in mind that the students are also currently suffering from particular burdens.
On the following page you will find some helpful tips and tools for creating materials for digital teaching:
The Uni-IT carried out a stress test of the video function BigBlueButton (BBB) in Stud.IP. Unfortunately, the system is not suitable for providing live events for a large number of students. As a lecturer, please try to use asynchronous teaching and use the video function only for small groups. Security issues regarding the use of this function are currently being managed by the Presidential Board.
If you want to use video formats for your teaching, then please differentiate whether the teaching must take place as a video conference (function Meeting in your course) or whether a recording of the contents is more suitable. You can use Studio-Opencast for recording or you can install OBS-Studio locally. You can provide the result in the file area of the event.
E-Didactics offers teachers support for the design of digital teaching.
Information and Contact
If you as a lecturer want to use lecture halls at the Wechloy location (W01-W04) to record your teaching content, room bookings can be made as usual via the university's room office (email@example.com).
For recordings, the contact rules must be observed; ideally, apart from the lecturer, "only" someone else is present in the room for camera work.
The AG Internationalisation of the LHK has prepared a paper on internationalisation under corona conditions, which you are welcome to read. In particular, please pass it on to the Internationalisation Officer, Erasmus Officer and the Coordinators of International Degree Programmes.
The big traffic jam of re-examinations from the winter semester 2019/20 should now finally be cleared. The Dean's Office of Faculty V has already informed all lecturers about this and has handed over collected exam registrations to the room office. There, the rooms from building A14 will be distributed to appointments so that the examinations can finally be held. The examination dates are fixed for students and lecturers in Stud. IP for students and teachers.
The paper of university didactics contains information on alternatives for written presence examinations. Current further information on the design of digital teaching can be found at: https://wp.uni-oldenburg.de/edidactics/en/covid-19-current-information-about-digital-tools-for-teaching-online/
The recommendations of the Presidium provide for action:
- module examinations which require the presence of students (attendance examinations) shall be replaced by suitable alternative forms of examination as provided for in the General Section of the examination regulations of the respective degree programme The alternative form of the module examination shall be specified in the respective module description.
- attendance examinations which cannot be replaced by alternative forms of examination shall be suspended and retaken at the next possible date.
- students who are in an ongoing examination procedure with a planned attendance examination shall be examined in an alternative examination form provided for in the General Section of the respective examination regulations. At the student's request, the examination may instead be taken at a later date in the form originally planned.
If you wish to deviate from one examination form, you must inform the Dean of Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible of the new examination form together with the module abbreviation and title as well as the examination form to be replaced.
The deviations must be decided by the respective study commissions in order to be able to offer a legally compliant examination.
The next Study Commissions will take place on 29.4.2020. The printed materials must be submitted for dispatch by 21.4. In the case of a later submission (by 27.4.), a decision based on a table proposal would be sought.
The recommendations of the Presidium provide for action:
Urgently necessary examinations which are directly related to the attainment of a degree (e.g. missing partial examination performance in the final module) can be carried out in attendance, provided that compliance with the currently applicable hygiene measures to avoid the risk of infection is ensured and the examination cannot be implemented in an alternative examination form. The application is to be submitted to the Academic Examination Office by the student or the student himself/herself. The Dean of Studies will decide whether the requirements are met in consultation with the responsible lecturer.
There are two ways of providing emergency financial aid for students:
Bridging assistance for students: Students can apply for an interest-free loan from the KfW from 8 May until 31 March 2021. For students from EU Member States who have been living in Germany permanently for less than three years and for students from third countries this will apply from 1 June 2020.
Short-term emergency aid: Application via the Studentenwerke. Unfortunately, we do not yet have any details on how to apply for emergency aid.
The Study Commission of Faculty V has endorsed the recommendations of the Presidential Board. As a result, the Dean of Faculty V made an urgent decision on 05.05.20. The examination office has been informed about this. This means that oral examinations in the teaching units of Faculty V can also be conducted electronically according to the following guidelines.
1) An oral examination may be conducted by means of a video and audio transmission system approved by the university, provided that the person to be examined, all examiners and possible assessors agree to this procedure and the oral examination cannot be replaced by an alternative form of examination. The following systems of image and sound transmission have been approved by the university: DFNconf, Big Blue Button. The approval of further systems is reserved.
2) The examiner must ensure that the examination is conducted properly and that the examination takes place without the aid of unauthorized aids and without the illegal participation of third parties. For this purpose, the examiner must obtain an oral assurance from the candidate at the beginning of the oral examination. This insurance must be documented in the minutes. The examiner must be instructed that conduct in contradiction to the making of the assurance can constitute a serious act of deception within the meaning of the examination regulations and can lead to the final failure of the final examination (cf. § 14 Para. 3 BPO). At the beginning of the oral examination, the examinee must be asked whether he or she agrees to the arrangement of the oral examination by means of video and audio transmission and whether he or she feels that he or she is in a good state of health to be able to take the examination. The answers are to be documented in the minutes. If necessary, a neutral supervisor to be appointed by the university shall be present at the location of the person to be examined to ensure that the examination is conducted properly.
3) In the event of technical problems and/or problems with data transmission that cannot be solved in the short term, the examination shall be cancelled. Such a case shall be deemed to exist in particular if the connection to the person to be examined has been interrupted more than once during the examination. In this case, the examination attempt shall be deemed not to have been made. The reasons leading to the interruption shall be documented in the protocol.
4) The regulations of the respective examination regulations regarding registration and the conduct of oral examinations remain unaffected. The involvement of an assessor (cf. § 7, paragraph 4, p. 1 BPO) may only take place in compliance with the currently valid hygiene regulations or by appointment. Third parties have no right to be admitted as listeners (cf. § 6 para. 5 p. 3 BPO).
5) Compliance with data protection regulations must be ensured. If necessary, the staff unit Data Protection and Information Security Management shall be involved.
The Dean of Faculty V has approved the recommendations of the Presidium and made an urgent decision on 05.05.20. The Examination Office has been informed of this. This means that papers can also be conducted electronically as examination administrators in the teaching units of Faculty V according to the following guidelines.
1) The oral examination part of a paper can be accepted by means of a video and audio transmission system approved by the university, provided the person giving the paper agrees to this procedure. The following systems of image and sound transmission have been approved by the university: - DFNconf - BigBlueButton. The approval of further systems is reserved.
2) The lecturer is responsible for ensuring that the lecture is carried out properly, in particular that video recordings of the lecture and discussion are not permitted for copyright and data protection reasons unless all participants agree to the recording.
3) With the consent of all persons involved, the oral part of the lecture may be recorded by the examiner using suitable software for teaching purposes and entered in Stud.IP for the persons involved (see also point 6).
4) In the event of technical problems and/or problems of data transmission which cannot be solved in the short term, the examination paper shall be cancelled. Such a case exists in particular if the connection with the lecturer has been interrupted more than once during the examination. In this case, the examination performance shall be deemed not to have been undertaken. The reasons leading to the interruption must be documented.
5) The regulations of the respective examination regulations for the examination performance paper remain unaffected.
6) Compliance with data protection regulations must be ensured. If necessary, the staff unit Data Protection and Information Security Management is to be involved.
Upon informal application by the students to the Academic Examination Office, the processing time for final theses is extended by a maximum of 4 weeks. In addition, an extension of the processing time is possible by giving good reasons (own illness, illness of children to be cared for, care of close relatives, etc.) Rule of thumb: An extension can be made to a maximum of twice the regular processing time.
The Academic Examination Office can be reached at email@example.com.
Under the following event the faculties, the department 3 and the diz provide information for students in the summer semester. There you can deposit or link information via the faculty offices.