Learning modules in teaching

Online learning modules are self-contained study units which are made available to students on the internet and facilitate study which is independent of place and time. The teaching content can be prepared in an appealing way and contain, for example, videos or self-tests.

Why deploy learning modules?
It is possible to address different learning types with learning modules and the teaching content can be studied at the student’s own speed. In addition, they enable the relocation of pure knowledge transmission away from classroom teaching so that the time gained there can be filled with communicative teaching methods or more practical applications. Additional, advanced teaching content can be easily realised as learning modules for private study.

How do I deploy learning modules?
Online learning modules are suited to independent content preparation. Teaching content - consisting of texts, images, videos, links, case studies, question and much more - can be offered to students to accompany the course. A pre-set temporal or content-related order of the learning modules is possible. Students should be given the opportunity to reflect on the learned contents and to ask comprehension questions within the classroom teaching or in online fora.

Learning modules are suitable for...
Online learning modules are suitable for teaching content which is not subject to rapid change, e.g. fundamentals. Students can benefit from the use of learning modules both during the Bachelor’s programme and the Master’s programme.

Setting didactic targets for learning modules:

  • Follow-up on the event: provision of additional information and demonstration of contents enables the study material to be repeated and studied in more depth.
  • Active event preparation (inverted classroom): the students acquire the theoretical knowledge independently (at home); this can be discussed, applied or practised during the classroom session.
  • Examination preparation: the knowledge imparted is studied in more depth and practiced by means of a contents summary prepared online and/or additional exercises and tests.
  • Independent study through complete event virtualisation: the teaching content is tapped into and exercised by the students using texts, multimedia elements, animations, visualisations and small games.
  • Knowledge testing by means of formative assessments: prompt feedback enables the detection and filling of knowledge gaps and also target-oriented adaptation of study and teaching strategies.


What are the stumbling blocks?
Motivating students to acquire teaching content in parallel to courses and not to leave it to the end of term can be a challenge. Temporal structuring with staggered activation of contents and tasks, integrating teaching content in the classroom seminars or allocating points for successful completion of learning modules can act as motivation. The study status of individual students can be displayed in ILIAS.

How do I set up learning modules? / Where can I get help?
Learning modules can be set up in the ILIAS study management system and integrated in the associated Stud.IP course. Instructions for setting up learning modules in ILIAS and integrating them in the Stud.IP can be found in the column on the right. We are happy to provide advice and training on this topic. Please check out our current range of courses.