The Corona pandemic has also brought about many challenges for teaching at our University. We would like to continue providing you with the best possible support in preparing and organizing your teaching in the summer semester 2021. Therefore, we have compiled the most important information about teaching, which may be helpful for you, on this page.
The pandemic is a dynamic situation and developments in the prevalence of the virus may require future adjustments to teaching. We now need the flexibility and joint efforts of all to contain the spread of the virus as far as possible. You can find regularly updated information from the central FAQs on the coronavirus on the homepage of the University, from letters of the Executive Board, or from this website.
last update on 26 March 2021
The semester and lecture period are currently unchanged, unchanged: https://www.uni-jena.de/en/Semestertermine.
The summer semester 2021 has already been announced as a hybrid semester. But the Teaching staff were asked to ensure that all planned face-to-face courses could be converted to a digital format at short notice if they did not involve essential practical elements.
In view of current developments in the pandemic and federal, state and municipal regulations, we would ask you now to prepare for a mainly digital start to the summer semester. Face-to-face teaching may only be provided for courses with practical components, i.e., practical courses in the laboratory and using equipment, practical sports exercises and medically indicated supervision. Excursions and field trips must be authorised through the approval of an individual infection prevention plan. This authorisation can be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Studies of your faculty, through the Technical Security section (Division 4).
Please inform your students if the teaching format of your course changes. (As the regulations apply until mid-May, the allocation of rooms and the designation of courses in Friedolin do not have to be altered.)
These regulations currently apply until 16 May 2021.
All previously announced rules regarding distance and hygiene remain in force. What is new is that teaching staff and students must wear a suitable mouth and nose covering (surgical masks or FFP2 masks) in buildings and elsewhere on the site of Friedrich Schiller University. In addition, the University is making surgical masks available for collection by its employees as well as students who need to attend on-site teaching.
The city rapid test centres are also open to you for testing. Please note that the rapid tests may not be taken as a compulsory requirement for participation in examinations, labs or practical training. Moreover, even a negative rapid test or self-test does not release you from compliance with the infection protection concept
Please refer to the FAQ below for the current regulations regarding examinations in the summer semester 2021.
The current situation allows for the scheduling of face-to-face examinations under limited room capacity. However, due to the pandemic, examinations with more than 100 participants should be planned and conducted in digital format.
For the planning of room allocation for face-to- face examinations (especially written examinations) in the summer semester 2021, centralized planning is again necessary due to the continuing pandemic-related limited room and seating capacity. The deans of studies are currently inquiring about the room requirements in order to set reliable examination dates at the beginning of the lecture period of the summer semester.
All information on online examinations can be found at https://www.uni-jena.de/digitalesprüfen de (in German).
Please refer to the current regulations for courses under FAQ "How should teaching be offered in the summer semester 2021?"
If there are face-to-face courses that must be carried out on site for compelling (see listed courses formats at FAQ "How should teaching take place in the summer semester 2020/2021?), it is particularly important that all members and affiliates of the University adhere to the applicable rules for infection control and that contact persons can be traced quickly.
In buildings and elsewhere on the site of Friedrich Schiller University, all staff must wear a suitable mouth and nose covering (surgical mask or FFP2 mask). This applies to:
For all courses taught in person and other on-site courses, please use the digital QRoniton system to record contacts. Awareness posters and QR codes have been put up in the course rooms. (See https://www.uni-jena.de/en/qr for further information, e.g. on how QRoniton works, and a privacy notice.)
For lecturers or organizers of face-to-face events this implies the following tasks:
In the Organizational instructions on the implementation of face-to-face courses (in German only), you will find a detailed list of the rules to be observed. Please also refer to the central FAQs about the coronavirus, which are regularly updated in line with the current dynamics of the pandemic.
The following applies for the winter semester 2020/2021:
The semester period from 1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021 will remain unchanged. The lecture period will begin on 2 November 2020 and end on 12 February 2021.
The decision to postpone the beginning of the lecture period by two weeks, to 2 November 2020, is based on a decision of the Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs from 3 April 2020. This is due to the postponed Abitur examinations and, consequently, the postponed application deadlines for study programmes with admission restrictions subject to the DoSV application procedure.
The Executive Board of Friedrich Schiller University once again urges all examiners to convert the examinations planned on site to digital formats in order to avoid any mobility that comes with on-site exams.
Examinations should only take place on site if a conversion to digital formats is not possible and postponing them would lead to an extension of study time or is not possible due to overlaps.
In contrast to face-to-face courses, approval is not necessary, as it results from the already completed allocation room in compliance with infection control and the instruction to comply with the Infection Prevention Concept.
Please inform the students about a changed examination format at least 14 days before the examination date.
In addition please, do not forget to inform Lecture Hall Management in the Division for Construction and Facility Management (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you no longer need the rooms booked for on-site examinations.
All information on digital exams can be found at https://www.uni-jena.de/digitalesprüfen de (in German only). Dr Wolf is still available if you need advice (contact details also on the mentioned website). In addition, you will find the "Dienstanweisung Online Prüfungen" (22.01.2021, in German only) which contains the legally binding framework for digital examination formats at our university (HanFRIED/ deDatenschutz/Dienstanweisung).
Many lecturers and examiners of our University have already had varied and very good experiences with these types of examinations in the summer semester. (Please also see FAQ ‘What should be taken into account with regard to online examinations?’ and 'Who can support me in the preparation of online exams?').
If you have any questions regarding courses and examinations, please contact the person responsible for the study programme or the relevant examination office.
The Service Centre for Higher Education Didactics (LehreLernen) supports you in creating digital teaching and learning formats. In addition to the usual advisory services, the staff of the Service Centre are available to answer your questions about e-learning on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00–14:00 by telephone on +49 3641 9‑401255. Please also refer to the website ‘Teaching during the Corona pandemic’ for extensive information and tips regarding digital teaching.
The Multimedia Centre offers you a wide range of support for the recording and live streaming of courses in university rooms: https://www.uni-jena.de/universit%C3%A4t/fakult%C3%A4ten+_+einrichtungen/urz/dienste/dienste+von+a+bis+z/aufzeichnen+und+livestreaming+von+lehrveranstaltungen (in German)
If you have been allocated a course room and would like record your course (or have it recorded), please contact the Multimedia Centre by email (email@example.com) or via the ticket system (‘Service Desk’ à ‘Lehre & Multimedia’ à ‘Aufzeichnen einer Veranstaltung’) and register your request.
If your course room is a lecture theatre in which you can start and stop the recording yourself, you are welcome to attend a technical briefing session. In all other lecture theatres, a staff member of the Multimedia Centre will carry out the recording on site.
Dr Tina Wolf, Office of the Vice-President for Learning and Teaching, will be happy to provide individual advice on questions concerning online examination formats. For the contact details of Dr Wolf as well as a lot of further information regarding online examination formats, please see https://www.uni-jena.de/digitalesprüfen de (in German). (There is also an information page on online examinations for students (in German). You are welcome to make your students aware of it.)
Assistants at the Multimedia Centre of the University can provide support with regard to digital teaching. Support is also available at short notice. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating what you need. If the faculty is in need of more assistants, but the funds available are not sufficient, please contact the Dean’s Office of your faculty.
On the website of the Service Centre for Higher Education Didactics (LehreLernen) regarding ‘Teaching during the Corona pandemic’, you will find a comprehensive overview of contacts for technical or legal questions regarding the conversion to digital teaching and examination formats.
The Office Digital University provides information regarding the availability of learning and teaching platforms and videoconferencing systems for digital teaching on its website (in German, https://www.uni-jena.de/digital de).
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You are also welcome to visit the general website for information about the current semester, for example with information for students or for employees.
If you have further questions that are not answered in the FAQs, please feel free to contact us directly by email. We will attend to your questions and queries as quickly as possible and ask you for your understanding and patience.