Didactic Workshop

„Online Teaching & Learning in Physiology“

Practical Course on Teaching Physiology (held in German)

As a consequence of the COVID pandemic, online teaching has been rapidly implemented in most medical faculties – but often improvised and on the fly. Now is a good time to take a moment and reflect – why does online teaching sometimes work well but in a similar situation remains unsatisfactory?

Many have asked themselves how effective online teaching does indeed work? What are the best tools and strategies for different teaching formats and aims? Moreover, how do we get the best of both worlds in combining online and face-to-face teaching?

We will start the workshop with reports of two different teaching situations in Frankfurt and Münster under pandemic restrictions. While the staff in Frankfurt was mainly using ZOOM, the colleagues of the Institute of Physiology in Münster decided to additionally implement the learning platform Lt of ADInstruments and will share their experiences.

As part of the following practice-oriented workshop, we will deal with the answers to the following questions:
• What criteria and principles are there for good online teaching with a focus on online asynchronous teaching and learning formats?
• How can asynchronous online courses be implemented on generic teaching-learning platforms (e.g. Moodle, Ilias) and how can more specialised physiology environments be integrated into such online courses. What challenges and what opportunities does online teaching bring for teaching design in physiology?
• How can we use of the opportunities of online teaching and learning in the future in the context of blended learning?

The goal of our workshop is that you will have developed a concept for the design of your own online teaching unit for a topic of your choice.


09.00 – 10.45Reports of teaching physiology in the pandemic year
Maruschka Weber, Frankfurt/Main
Peter Blaesse, Münster; Kay Jüngling, Münster
11.00 – 12.30Online teaching introduction: teaching platforms
Anja Härtl, Augsburg
12.30 – 13.30Lunch break
13.30 – 16.00Online teaching workshop
Anja Härtl, Augsburg
16.00 – 17.00Discussion and lessons learned