This page informs lecturers about current measures in connection with the Coronavirus. At the end of the page, you can find a number of FAQs. The information is updated continuously, most recently on 18 November 2020.
Guidelines for teaching from 2 November 2020
Due to the sharp rise in the number of cases, the Federal Council today approved important measures that will shape the way we live, work and study in the coming months. Crucial for the University of Basel is the requirement that universities must switch to distance learning as soon as possible, and no later than Monday, November 2. In contrast to the regulation during the lockdown in spring, this provision is formulated in such a way that those courses where attendance is mandatory can continue to be offered.
Discontinuation of classroom teaching
Classroom teaching will be discontinued until further notice, and courses will be offered as soon as possible, and at the latest from Monday, November 2, via digital channels.
Exceptions to this rule are courses and teaching activities for which attendance is mandatory (for example, practical classes or Master Thesis in the laboratory).
The Vice-President for Education decides in consultation with the Deans of Studies on which courses attendance is mandatory. Corresponding inquiries should be addressed to the Deans of Studies.
Lecturers who teach in class during the current semester will immediately inform their students how they will offer their courses digitally. Lecturers must respect the times given in the course directory.
Exams and Assessments
The subject of examinations is not explicitly regulated in the modified regulations and will be clarified with the responsible authorities in the next few days. The examinations scheduled until then are expected to be conducted as planned.
University libraries and buildings
The libraries of the University of Basel can remain open with the currently valid protection concept. The opening hours will be adjusted if necessary. Further information is published on the libraries' websites.
The buildings of the University of Basel will remain open for their members. This also applies to learning rooms like the Lernoullianum. The university management appeals to the members of the University to strictly adhere to the relevant protective measures when using them.
The university makes it possible for the HS 2020 to use Zoom also for the students. This is to enable digital collaboration in medium and small groups.
With regard to HS 2020, IT Services also offers new tools (such as Panopto) for lecturers, which provide more options for the transmission, recording, and interactive design of digital courses (seeBlended Learning Guide Chapter 2.3 ).
We advise all members of the University to install the Swiss Covid app and urge them to follow the recommendations of the FOPH, both at the university and in their private life.
All lecturers and students are requested to regularly consult the relevant central and faculty websites.
Offering Courses: Blended learning or online format
The Blended Learning Guide provides orientation for the planning and implementation of blended learning courses in the fall semester 2020. It is now available online and as pdf file both in German and in English. Chapter 2.3 contains the latest information on the AV media kit.
Please register any exam in which students will be active on ADAM at the same time (logging in, uploading or downloading content, filling out test, etc.) on the intranet page (VPN needed) Examinations on ADAM in Autumn Semester 2020.
EvaExam Online for simultanous online exams with randomised multiple choice questions
EvaExam is still available as a tool for examinations. EvaExam Online is best used for large cohorts (several hundred students) who simultaneously start, complete and upload a multiple choice exam.
The University of Basel has licensed the US-American software ZOOM for digital teaching during the period of suspended classroom teaching. To protect the personal data processed by Zoom and its subcontractors, the University has signed the required Global Data Processing Addendum. Despite this addendum, no confidential, secret or particularly sensitive data may be transmitted, uploaded, etc. via Zoom.
General information on data protection and copyright
Pay attention to data protection and copyright when uploading videos or for your online courses. Please refrain from using information about clearly defined or contextually identifiable persons, e.g. photographs & film recordings of students, patients, etc., unless the persons concerned have consented to publication by you for this purpose.
If you use works (images, texts etc.) by other authors in your videos or online courses, please indicate the source of the works, especially in the case of works from the Internet.
Questions & Answers
FAQs - Video Conferencing General
This is a list of frequently asked questions about video conferencing and video conferencing tools (except ZOOM).