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Screencasts for Lecture Streaming and Recording Lectures

Recording Lectures

The following software can be used to record lectures via screencasts:

To provide your screencast via OLAT, you can upload the screencast file (e.g., mp4) to OLAT via a video element. Please note that other course elements may be restricted in terms of storage volume (i.e., the number of videos that can be uploaded is restricted by the total size of videos).

Streaming Lectures

Open Broadcaster Software also allows to stream the screencast to UIBK's streaming server (just as recording in a lecture hall). You can find instructions on how to stream your screencast live via OLAT here: obs-to-stream.uibk.pdf (by Simon Haller-Seeber).

Meeting Online

Meeting with a Group of Students Online (Seminar, Tutorial)

For virtually meeting with students online, there are a number of tools that can be used:

Meeting with a Small Number of Students Online (e.g., Thesis Supervision)

  • all of the above tools
  • whereby requires no registration etc. for up to four participants, runs via browser. You create a free account, create your virtual meeting room and send the room url to students (also screen-sharing is possible). Here's a quickstart guide.


We recommend using OLAT as a central point of communication with students. For increased communication with students, please make use of the course elements provided. These include e.g.:

  • Forum: asynchronous online discussions for different purposes (e.g., answering questions).
  • Self-test: students can assess their current knowledge, practice and repeat the test as many times as they want; results of self-tests will be saved anonymously.
  • Virtual classroom: voice- and video-based synchronous communication and content mediation.
  • etc.

Creating OLAT Tests via R

Achim Zeileis (Department of Statistics, UIBK) has created the R-package r-exams that allows to create tests in R, which can be exported in a format that can be imported in OLAT and used for tests and and self-assessment tests. Here's a video tutorial on how to create a test and import it to OLAT.

Further Resources

Teaching Experiences

Introduction to Programming - Social e-reader (Joanna Chimiak-Opoka)

I incorporated a social e-reader for my programming course. The platform enables inclusion of text documents for reading and discussions via annotations and using upvoting of comments and questions. It uses AI to generate confusion report and automatic grading.

Background: Talks by Eric Mazur on pedagogy


The platform is extremely intuitive for teachers. Students' first impression was positive, too. Discussions work fine. The AI-feature, I could not test, as there were too few comments from students.

Students (around 40) feedback after using it for one chapter was following:

  • 88% used it
  • 75% found it useful
  • 55% wanted to continue using it


Link to the platform:

Experiences and Thoughts on Distance Teaching and Learning (DiSC)

Experiences and thoughts of the DiSC team can be found here.

Questions or Suggestions?

We'd be happy to extend this Wiki page with your suggestions - just send an email to In case of questions, please also contact

Last modified: 2020/07/13 14:06 by Eva Zangerle