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Seminars for academic staff

For the first time in February 2019, we were able to offer block seminars for academic staff within the framework of the IT-Certificate of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities , and we are pleased that further dates can now be announced in September 2019.

From now until 15 May 2019, a binding registration for the four block seminars is possible using the registration forms linked below. The confirmed places will be sent by email at the beginning of June 2019.


  • Target group: All staff of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Cologne.
  • Prerequisite: Practised use of the computer and the willingness to get to know new fields of application of the computer.
  • Scope: The four block seminars IT basics, website design, digital collections and digital teaching each comprise 14 teaching hours (45 min). Recognition of successful participation requires continuous and active participation.
  • Sequence of attendance: All block seminars can be attended at the same time or one after the other.
  • Certificate: We will gladly issue certificates of attendance for individual seminars. You will receive the IT certificate of the Faculty of Humanities if you have successfully attended all four seminars.

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Modul 1: IT-Basics

[This content is not available in "Englisch" yet] IT-Grundlagen

The course provides solid basics in understanding IT systems and how to work with them. The spectrum of topics covered ranges from the differences between the common operating systems and the operation of the command line to digital graphics and image editing with the open source software GIMP to networks, data security, client-server relationships and web servers.

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Modul 2: Websites

[This content is not available in "Englisch" yet] Webseitengestaltung

The internet is one of the most important sources of information today. This makes it all the more important to understand how it is structured and how it works, and to be able to create, adapt and publish websites yourself. In this course, students will learn and practice the necessary technologies such as HTML and CSS as well as the installation and support of content management systems such as WordPress. 

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Modul 3: Digital Collections

[This content is not available in "Englisch" yet] Digitale Sammlungen

This course is about software systems for building digital repositories in comparison to content management systems (CMS). The conception, installation and use of both types will be examined theoretically and used practically.

On a theoretical level, research data management, concepts of the digital object, long-term archiving, the lack of transparency of collections on the web (OAI-PMH) as well as modularity, separation of form and content, role-based user management and ContentLiveCycle-Management will be discussed. Practical work will be done with the CMS WordPress, Drupal, Typo3 and applications for building digital collections, and the functioning of projects such as autoChirp, a web service for running TwHistory projects, will be discussed.

In addition, the topics of hosting services, research data management and information on the services of the University Library Centre of North Rhine-Westphalia (hbz), the Digitisation Centre of the University and City Library of Cologne (USB) as well as the Data Center for the Humanities (DCH) and the Cologne Competence Center for Research Data Management (C3RDM) will be covered in the form of expert presentations.

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Modul 4: Digital teaching

[This content is not available in "Englisch" yet] Digitale Lehre in der Praxis

What options are available to me as a teacher to impart, query and deepen digital (knowledge)? Digital media, methods and contemporary (web) technologies open up new possibilities to support and individually design university teaching. The intention and goal of this workshop is to get to know, try out and apply these possibilities - possibilities such as collaborative and agile working in teams, blogging with the use of external resources such as Wikipedia and online testing.
Specifically, methods such as "think-pair-share" and "card enquiry" as well as methods for finding groups are made explicit, blogs are created with WordPress, which can serve as a basis for creating an e-portfolio, and practical exercises are given on how to carry out and accompany group projects with Trello or Slack. 

Also, the use of ILIAS in university teaching is discussed.

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We thank the PLAN project for the financing! The programme "Professionalisation of Teaching in Academic Networks (PLAN)" was launched in 2017 to ensure and strengthen the quality of teaching at the UzK. It will be organized with the participation of all faculties of the University of Cologne (UzK), the Center for Teacher Education (ZfL), the Prorectorate for Teaching and Studies, the Center for University Didactics (ZHD) and the Personel Development Science (PE Wiss, Dept. 43). Both faculty-specific and cross-faculty measures are planned and implemented.

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