Virtual and Hybrid Events
They can use Freie Universität’s E-Learning Platform for group work: The platform provides students with virtual rooms where they can work in groups or meet with others to study together. Project groups can set up a team in WebEx to easily message each other and carry out video calls. For more information, please see https://wikis.fu-berlin.de/display/webexwiki/Webex+Teams
Please contact studierendenWERK Berlin with questions or concerns related to this issue. The following website provides extensive information and FAQs related to financial support for students: https://www.stw.berlin/en/organisation/themen/corona-faq.html
“Hybrid teaching” is used to refer to learning situations made up of students taking part in classes on the Freie Universität Berlin campus while other students participate online “from home” at the same via Cisco Webex, our central video conference system. At Freie Universität Berlin, we have currently planned for and approved two scenarios in line with data protection regulations (A: Hybrid lectures in lecture halls with discussion/question round; B: Hybrid seminars in seminar rooms). You can find all the information you need and regulations at the following links (in German).
A code of conduct with rules for online courses has been put in place at Freie Universität Berlin. There are different support services available to you at Freie Universität and elsewhere in Berlin to which you can turn. These services are bound by strict confidentiality policies, and your identity can remain anonymous if you choose. If you are affected yourself or have witnessed incidents, or if you are an instructor and want to learn more about the topic, you can also contact the task force at Freie Universität Berlin dedicated to preventing sexualized harassment, discrimination, and violence: Arbeitsgruppe Gegen Sexualisierte Belästigung, Diskriminierung und Gewalt (SBDG). They also provide confidential consultations in English or German.
Generally speaking, the same rules apply regarding regular class participation whether a course takes place online or on site. These rules are set out in the degree program and examination regulations for each degree program and in Section 9 of Freie Universität Berlin’s framework regulations, the Rahmenstudien- und prüfungsordnung (RSPO).
However, it is possible that student attendance may not always be adequately documented and therefore cannot be reliably checked. If this is the case, the lack of documentation must not have negative consequences for the students who have taken the course. In particular, it must not lead to students being asked to participate more actively in the program than would normally be expected of them. The module description will indicate the level and kind of participation that can be expected of students. In cases where a student’s attendance at an online teaching session can be reliably ascertained, this can be taken as an indication of whether or not they have fulfilled the requirement for regular attendance. But if their attendance has to be checked retrospectively, it may involve considerable effort given that students do not always need to use their Freie Universität account to register for a course.
In light of the above, the examining board is entitled to decide that regular attendance in an online teaching program need not be monitored and that it can be assumed to have taken place without further checks. Such decisions, however, should be the exception rather than the rule and should only be taken in cases where regular attendance cannot be reliably ascertained and/or a retrospective check would involve disproportionate effort.