Communication and information

The choice of the appropriate communication tool should depend on the size of the group and the technical possibilities of your target group. In large groups, a rather asynchronous communication or an open structure of communication spaces is recommended in order to address as many people as possible at the same time and not to have to provide important information several times (e.g. announcements, information page, forum, message to all). The more people you want to reach, the clearer your communication channels should be and the less it will be possible to use direct communication channels such as individual emails and video conferences. In smaller groups and research teams, more technically and interpersonally complex tools such as chats, video conferences or virtual classrooms can also be used. Remember that not all students are technically equipped to conduct videoconferences or Virtual Classroom scenarios.

    Announcements/News (Stud.IP)

    Use the internal announcements to place important and/or current information prominently.


    Information page (Stud.IP)

    You can use the static information pages to provide, for example, a FAQ, collections of links, recommendations for action or formalities relating to your course.

    Forum (Stud.IP)

    With the help of the forum, internal FAQs, such as questions about content or organisation, can be answered and help can be provided efficiently for many participants at the same time.


    Messages to all participants (Stud.IP)

    Under the tab Participants of the relevant Stud.IP event, you will also find "Message to all (circular)" in the action box. These messages are sent as Stud.IP-internal messages and, if the participants have not deactivated this themselves, are also forwarded to the university account as an e-mail.

    Short video messages

    You can create short video messages, e.g. with the help of Opencast Studio. You can create short video messages, e.g. with the help of  Videomanagers.

    Audio messages / voice mails

    You can record audio messages with the free software Audacity or simply with any voice recorder on your smartphone or tablet and make them available in the file area of your course. If necessary, the file must be converted to mp3.

    Instant Messaging / Chat

    Various chat systems are available at the University of Bremen. Within Stud.IP you can use the simple communication tool Blubber,a mixture of forum and chat. The ZfN offers the instant messaging platforms ​​​​​​ Rocket.Chat and Jabber.

    Collecting and weighting students' questions with is a tool that makes it very easy for participants in a face-to-face or online event to anonymously submit questions to the moderator. The questions can be weighted by the participants of the event before they are answered (up- and down-voting), so that urgent questions can be dealt with first. is easy to use, complies with data protection regulations, is free of charge and requires no registration or download on the part of the students.

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    Video Conferencing via Stud.IP

    The ZMML provides the possibility to use BigBlueButton (BBB) within Stud.IP via the Meetings-PlugIn (Instruction BBB in Stud.IP). ZOOM conferences can now also be managed and accessed via Stud.IP (Instruction ZOOM in Stud.IP).

    Informations and instructions from the Media Office on video conferencing systems at the University of Bremen (including ZOOM and StarLeaf). Please note the VC-Policy of the University of Bremen.