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Legal basis and framework conditions in digital teaching

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Central Legal Information Office of DH.NRW

The legal information office (RiDHnrw) acts as a contact for all teaching staff and students at DH.NRW universities.

As part of the ORCA.nrw portal, the legal information office provides information on topics such as:

  • Copyright law (e.g. cc-licenses, plagiarism software)
  • Data protection law (e.g. in connection with evaluations, LMS, CMS)
  • personality and trademark law
  • Internet and media law
  • Examination regulations (esp. with regard to e-examinations)

Digitization in the area of study and teaching has gained considerable importance with the Corona pandemic. A switch to digital formats had to be made within a very short time. The focus was on making it possible to study at all. Nevertheless, numerous legal issues were clarified, even if this was not necessarily clear to the outside world. Provided that teaching staff use the programs and tools set up and tested centrally and follow the recommendations formulated for this purpose, they can assume that they are on the safe side legally.

In principle, the same legal questions arise in the area of digitization as without digitization, but some aspects are added or at least come into sharper focus. These pages are intended to illustrate the legal complexity. The aim of these explanations is in particular to promote the use of the centrally set up programs and tools.

In general, it is important to differentiate between teaching/transfer of knowledge and skills and their verification in the area of study and teaching, independent of the question digital / non-digital. This differentiation is not only relevant in the area of didactics (keyword Constructive Alignment), but also in the legal context.

Use of the centrally offered services

Teaching staff are legally on the safe side if centrally set up platforms and tools are used, as legal aspects have been examined in this respect (legal bases for data processing, contracts with providers, terms of use and information obligations) and there are notes and explanations on this.

Frequently asked questions (crediting digital teaching)

To clarify the crediting of digital courses within the framework of the teaching obligation regulations, you will find two documents.

  • Long version: The long version (in german) of the information sheet explains in detail the crediting of digital courses within the framework of the teaching obligation regulations and presents the legal basis.
  • Short version: The short version (in german) of the information sheet provides a summary of the relevant content to give teaching staff an overview of the crediting process.

Frequently asked questions (teaching/teaching)

For information on this, see the copyright (in german) information page.

For information on this, see the copyright (in german) information page.


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