General information

When do I have to stay home?

Persons with respiratory symptoms (unless clarified by a doctor) or fever are not allowed to enter the premises of Münster University of Applied Sciences. In its meeting on 29.04.2020, the Executive Board decided on two new regulations:

Can I go on a business trip?

Domestic business trips are permitted again and will be approved according to the currently valid Corona rules in the department or the ZSE. Travel abroad requires the approval of the President / Chancellor.

What about stays abroad by students?

  • Students with questions about study-related periods abroad (e.g. curtailment of travel, rearrangement of periods abroad, etc.) will be assisted by the International Office.

  • Please note the RKI information on risk areas.

Examinations / Courses

Will my courses take place?

The winter semester 2020/2021 will start - as long as the incidence of infection permits - with as much classroom teaching as possible and as much online teaching as necessary. The semester will therefore be a "hybrid semester" with a mix of online and classroom teaching.

Digital Communication/E-Learning

At FH Münster there are various technical possibilities for digital teaching and communication. These cannot replace classroom teaching to the same extent and are also adapted to the rapidly increasing use in the ongoing process. Pragmatism and composure are therefore currently the guidelines for successful teaching.

If you have any questions regarding the setup and use of these tools, please contact the IT support of our university, by e-mail to it-supportfh-muensterde or by phone at 0251 83-64911.

Which e-learning platforms and possibilities of video recording are available?

For the operation of lectures in online teaching, it is recommended above all to use the already established systems:

  • eLearning platform: ILIAS
  • Video recording system: Panopto

ILIAS provides the teaching and learning materials. For the recording of lectures the video platform Panopto can be used which is connected to ILIAS. Via the function "Webcast" of Panopto a live broadcast can be made. Please note that this live format depends on the transmission speed of the participants.

What are the tools of digital communication?

The following DVZ services are available for direct digital communication with colleagues and students:

  • Chat communication system: Mattermost
  • Commercial video conferencing system: Zoom
  • Group work environment: Microsoft Teams
  • Video conference system of the DFN association: DFNconf
  • Video conference system of the data processing centre: Jitsi

What is Mattermost?

Mattermost works very efficiently as a text-based service and can also be recommended for use in teaching. Entertainment is organized in channels. Information on setup and use can be found at:

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a cloud-based service that allows you to hold video conferences for up to 300 participants. It convinces with its stable connection in meetings, a multi-platform solution and various integration possibilities. For teaching purposes, the possibility of temporarily dividing a larger conference into smaller groups (break-out rooms) is particularly interesting.

What is Microsoft Teams?

The DVZ was also able to set up and activate Microsoft teams. Teams is a cloud-based platform that combines chat, meetings and video conferencing, notes and attachments for groups set up there. The classroom mode allows lectures to be held with up to 300 participants. Please note that team use is only enabled for teachers and students, not for those employed in the administration of our university.

What is DFNconf?

DFN e.V. provides two video conferencing systems in the portal DFNconf:

  • Pexip for communication with a small group of participants (maximum 23 participants)
  • Adobe Connect for eLearning events or webseminars for up to 200 participants.

Please note that the video conferencing system DFNConf and especially Adobe Connect may be temporarily unavailable due to the increasing usage: dfnvonf-covid-19

What is Jitsi?

The in-house videoconferencing system Jitsi is designed for small internal videoconferences (maximum 20 participants) and is hosted in the DVZ computer centre. Functions such as screen sharing are available. Video conferences can only be initiated by the staff of our university.

What is BigBlueButton

The BigBlueButton (BBB) video conferencing system hosted in the DVZ data center is designed for conducting online courses. Events with 100 participants and more can be held. Features such as screen sharing, whiteboards, voting or breakout rooms are available. Courses can be initiated by all employees and students of our university. Please note the technical requirements and the limitation to the exclusive transmission of camera image and audio signal by the presenter. It is not suitable for videoconferences with many simultaneously switched on image and audio transmissions.

Instructions for setting up and using these tools can be found in the DVZ instruction wiki. If you have any further questions, please contact the IT support of our university by e-mail to it-supportfh-muensterde.

How does the access to the PC Pools from home work?

In the course of online teaching, the data processing centre makes the PC pools at the locations "Münster Corrensstraße", "Münster Leonardocampus" and "Campus Steinfurt" available via the Internet. You use one of the physical computers in the corresponding rooms of the university. During your active use, only this computer and the hardware it contains, such as processor and graphics card, are available to you, as if you were working on this computer at the time.

How do I get access to the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)?

The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) of the data processing centre provides you with virtual desktop computers via the Internet, which are run on servers within the data processing centres of Münster University of Applied Sciences. These virtual computers can be used device-independent and worldwide and can be adapted to the users' requirements with regard to equipment and operating system.

What a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) can do for you:

  • Full Windows or Linux desktop environments that can be used independently of the end device you use. You could even connect to these computers with an Android tablet or iPad.
  • Scalable hardware: It is possible to adapt the performance of the virtual computer to new requirements at any time, e.g. by increasing the CPU cores, enlarging the hard disk or main memory, or integrating a powerful graphics card.
  • A desktop environment previously created as a template can be distributed to any number of people. This makes it possible to deliver very specifically configured machines to specific groups of people or teams, e.g. for virtual PC pools.
  • Worldwide availability: The VDI system of the data processing center is accessible worldwide. No matter where you are, your familiar working environment with all your documents is waiting for you on the Internet.
  • Secure hosting: All data and all servers are located within the data processing centre's computer centres on the campus of FH Münster.

Continuing education courses at FH Münster

Do continuing education courses take place at the FH Münster?

Continuing education courses are - subject to the general regulations for NRW - permissible with up to 50 persons if the regulations for operation are observed.

Information for employees

What are the home office regulations?

Employees in the internal area can find out which regulations apply to the home office at FH Münster.

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