Distance Learning at TU Vienna

Please note that the following rules of conduct continue to apply as before for your stay in the buildings of TU Vienna:

  • Wearing a mask is strongly recommended in all public areas at TU Vienna.
  • Mandatory QR code registration when entering TUW buildings.
  • Mandatory reporting of your suspected or actual COVID-19 case via online form.
  • Maintain a safe distance from other people.
  • Observance of common hygiene measures - regular hand washing / disinfection.

Access controls: Fast Lane with verification via TISS upload

Upload your vaccination, test or convalescence certificate to TISS in advance in a data-protection-compliant manner and thus ensure simple and time-saving access control at the entrances of TU Vienna. Details on the TISS upload can be found on the page TISS 3-G proof.

For more information on the current regulations, please also see the info boxes on the right or at the bottom of the page.

We are all facing a great challenge at the moment and we would like to thank you very much for the commitment you have already made!

The Distance Learning Team at TU Vienna has developed concepts to help you as much as possible to find relevant information and guidance on various tools.

In the coLAB-Space CORONA Directives and Guidelines, opens an external URL in a new window you will find the orientation guideline for students at TU Vienna in the summer semester 2021, opens an external URL in a new window.

Despite the special circumstances, we wish you good learning success!

Your Distance Learning Team

Our support offer

We have developed the space Distance Learning - Good Practice, opens an external URL in a new window for you in the TU-coLAB, where you can find concept suggestions, how-tos and step-by-step click instructions, opens an external URL in a new window, tips for simplified communication between teachers and students, as well as suggestions for reading and the like.

In the coLAB Space Distance Learning - Good Practice, opens an external URL in a new window you will find an extensive collection of concepts on the topic of distance learning on the overview page Distance Learning Concept Proposals, opens an external URL in a new window. There is also an overview of various tools with many video tutorials, cheat sheets, tips and tricks for holding courses, exams, exercises, seminars, etc.

Information and instructions on various online meeting tools (e.g. Microsoft Teams, Zoom or TU Chat) can be found on the coLAB page Online Meeting Tools, opens an external URL in a new window.

Frequently Asked Questions

In the following section, some FAQs on the topic of Distance Learning have been compiled for you. Click through the different sections.

On-site exams

On the basis of the Rectorate's Ordinance on the Use of Buildings at TU Vienna, opens a file in a new window, new access regulations apply to all persons at TU Vienna from 15th September 2021, which are based on the 3G proof of status. In addition, please note that the already proven general safety and security measures as well as rules of conduct at TU Vienna will of course continue to apply - more details on the TUW information page on Corona.

Vaccinated
Proof of vaccination (complete immunisation) with an EU-approved vaccine against COVID-19 (BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson) is required - more information on the vaccines can be found on the information pages of the Federal Ministry of Health, opens an external URL in a new window.

  • In case of immunisation by two partial vaccinations: Proof of vaccination is valid from the second vaccination onwards, whereby the first vaccination may not date back more than 9 months.
  • In case of immunisation by vaccination with only one dose: Proof of vaccination is valid for 9 months from the 22nd day after vaccination with only one dose.

The TU Vienna urgently appeals to get vaccinated! Therefore, from Monday, 06 September 2021, there will be a vaccination point at the TUW campus Karlsplatz. You can find more information on the page Vaccination at TU Vienna.

Tested
The City of Vienna offers different testing services - for more information, see the info page on Corona testing services in Vienna, opens an external URL in a new window. The following validity periods apply to tested persons, depending on the test carried out:

  • A PCR test (e.g. via the "alles gurgelt" campaign) is valid for 48 hours from sample collection.
    The TU Vienna provides PCR gargle tests to its members if required. You can obtain a maximum of 3 test kits per week from the security boxes at the TU locations by presenting your employee ID and entering your name on the list. Hand in your identity-checked test at a REWE branch of your choice (Billa, Billa Plus, Penny, Bipa or a petrol station with a REWE shop) - if this is done before 09:00 a.m., you will usually receive the result by the next morning.
  • A rapid antigen test from an authorised centre is valid for 24 hours from the time the sample is taken.
    For spontaneous testing on site, you can use the tests offered by the pharmacies in the vicinity of the TU, e.g. Paulaner Apotheke (1040 Vienna, Wiedner Hauptstraße 18; Mon.-Fri. 08:00 a.m. - 02:00 p.m.) or Apotheke zum Hl. Geist (1010 Vienna, Operngasse 16).

Recovered
Persons who have already recovered can provide the following proof:

  • Proof of convalescence according to §4d Epidemic Act 1950
  • Certificate of segregation issued for a person who has been proven to be infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the last 180 days.
  • Proof of neutralising antibodies, which must not be older than 90 days.

Access controls: Fast Lane with proof via TISS upload

You have the option of uploading your vaccination, test or recovery certificate to TISS in advance and in accordance with data protection regulations. This ensures simple and time-saving access control at the entrances ("fast lane"). We therefore recommend that you make use of this option. The security service will check the validity of your 3G credentials on your smartphone on site using a specially developed TISS feature: Details of the function and structure can be found on the TISS 3-G verification website, which is updated on an ongoing basis.

Of course, you can still show the 3G proof electronically (e.g. with the "Grüner-Pass-App" of the BRZ GmbH on your smartphone) or on paper together with your proof of identity at the access control in a separate lane. Please note, however, that this check is much more time-consuming.

Attention: Persons who do not provide 3G proof will not be admitted!

Courses can be held as face-to-face courses if the objectives, content and methods of the course have been announced for the winter semester 2021/22 to be held on site and in an online format (hybrid format). If the course is held in attendance, it is to be offered in parallel in an online format - if possible and also didactically expedient.

Excursions are permitted under defined conditions. In addition, however, a continuous one-metre distance must be maintained and a mask must be worn in accordance with §1 para. 1 of the current Rectorate Decree on COVID-19 special regulations, opens a file in a new window.

Examinations can be held on site if the contents, methods, assessment criteria and assessment standards of the course examination in face-to-face or hybrid format have been announced in the course announcement for the winter semester 2021/22. If the course is held in hybrid format, it must be held in parallel in an online format. If it is not possible to hold the course simultaneously, at least one online examination must be offered for three examination dates.

Examination dates already announced for the winter semester 2021/22 are to be held on the announced date and are not to be postponed to a possible later on-site examination date.

You can find out in advance about the details of individual lecture halls in the coLAB Space room information, opens an external URL in a new window. Only the seats marked in yellow may be occupied.

For all persons who want to enter the buildings of TU Vienna, new access rules will apply from 15th September 2021 (see the question "Which access rules do I have to observe when coming to TU Vienna?"). Post-exam reviews at the institute are therefore possible, but should continue to take place primarily online.

If you are attending an on-site appointment, according to §1 para. 1 of the current Rectorate Decree on COVID-19 Special Regulations, opens a file in a new window as well as according to §2 of the Rectorate's Ordinance on the Use of Buildings of the TU Vienna, opens a file in a new window, until further notice, all persons are strongly recommended to wear a mask that completely covers the mouth and nose area in all public areas of the TU buildings. This does not apply while staying at the seat in the course or during the examination.

In addition, please observe the access regulations to the buildings of the TU Vienna, which are based on the 3-G proof of status (see the question "Which access rules do I have to observe when coming to the TU Vienna?" above).

In order to attend an on-site appointment, you must provide proof of a low epidemiological risk in accordance with the current access rules to TU Vienna buildings. For more information, please refer to the question "Which access rules do I have to observe when coming to TU Vienna?" above.

Yes, questions can be asked. However, please note that in doing so, the Corona safety measures must still be observed. The specified safety distance of 1 metre must therefore also be taken into account.

For each seat that may be occupied, a corresponding number is clearly visible on the tables. In each lecture hall and seminar room, registration is required by means of a QR code scan, which is used to create a seating plan for each course and examination for contact tracing purposes. After scanning, you will be asked to enter your seat number.

At present, only the seats marked in yellow may be used.

Examinations can also be conducted in presence. The Corona safety measures must be observed. In particular, the safety distance of 1 metre must be maintained, table surfaces must be regularly disinfected and rooms must be regularly ventilated. Wearing a mask that completely covers the mouth and nose area is strongly recommended for all persons in all public areas of the TU buildings. However, this does not apply while staying at the seat in the course or during the examination.

Yes, the plans will be in the lecture halls as well as in front of the lecture halls. In the lecture halls, all seats that may be occupied are also clearly marked. However, you can also find the occupation plans for the individual lecture halls online in the coLAB Space Room Information, opens an external URL in a new window. Please note that currently only the seats marked in yellow may be used.

Yes, you can of course go to the toilet during an attendance examination. However, please note that the Corona safety measures must still be observed. This applies in particular to the safety distance of 1 metre. If you are sitting in one of the middle seats, please ask the person sitting next to you to stand up and clear the way so that you can leave the row of seats. The toilets are signposted accordingly.

Webmeetings / Zoom

In the following section, questions about the programme "Zoom" are dealt with as a matter of priority. A more comprehensive overview of helpful tools for video conferencing and their areas of application can be found in the coLAB Space Distance Learning Good Practice, opens an external URL in a new window.

In principle, the use of the downloaded software is recommended, as it offers more functions than the respective online versions available in the browser. However, it is possible to participate in Zoom meetings via the browser. Please note that this option can also be specifically deactivated by the host (i.e. the person who creates the meeting).

If you click on the small arrow to the right of the microphone symbol in a zoom meeting, you can change the active audio source for both the microphone and the loudspeaker.

Note, however, that only one source can be selected for the microphone or for the loudspeaker at a time. For example, two audio sources for the microphone cannot be transmitted simultaneously in one session.

Yes, the chat can be saved. To do this, open the chat menu in the chat via the symbol with the three dots and then select the option "Save chat". In the Zoom settings, opens an external URL in a new window, you can restrict the saving of the chat by participants. Please note, however, that the host can also restrict the saving of the chat by participants in the settings.

Yes, you can ask questions. If the host allows it, you can, for example, switch on your microphone and ask a question. Alternatively, you can post your question in the chat. Questions asked in the chat can be answered by the host either immediately or collectively at the end of the meeting. You can also raise your hand in the "Reactions" menu by clicking on the corresponding icon - your tile will then get a coloured border and jump to the upper left corner on the screen. After you have asked your question, do not forget to lower your hand again. In addition, other forms of non-verbal feedback are available, e.g. "yes/no" or "faster/slower".

Yes, you can draw attention to yourself in Zoom by using the "Raise Hand" option in the "Reactions" menu. A hand symbol then appears in the tile of the respective student, the tile gets a coloured border and jumps to the upper left corner of the screen. In addition, other forms of non-verbal feedback are available, which are displayed as symbols in the corner of the respective tile, e.g. "yes/no" or "faster/slower".

TUWEL / Online-Tests

No, this is not possible. TUWEL does not provide for a download lock.

Yes, additional deadlines for submissions via TUWEL can be granted in exceptional cases and set individually in TUWEL. The decision on the extension of a submission deadline lies with the respective course management. Therefore, please consult directly with your course director if necessary.

Access controls / 3G proof

Please note the following regulations, which come into force on the 15th of September 2021. The 3G proof is decisive. The regulations enable a safe course of the winter semester 2021/22 and must always be observed in your own interest and in the interest of the entire TU Vienna community.

Students of the TU Vienna must present proof of a low epidemiological risk to the security service when entering a TU building:

Vaccinated
Proof of vaccination (complete immunisation) with an EU-approved vaccine against COVID-19 (BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson) is required - more information on the vaccines can be found on the information pages of the Federal Ministry of Health, opens an external URL in a new window.

  • In case of immunisation by two partial vaccinations: Proof of vaccination is valid from the second vaccination, whereby the first vaccination may not be longer than 9 months ago.
  • In case of immunisation by vaccination with only one dose: proof of vaccination is valid for 9 months from the 22nd day after vaccination with only one dose.

The TU Vienna urgently appeals to get vaccinated! Therefore, from Monday, 6th of September 2021, there will be a vaccination point at the TUW campus Karlsplatz. You can find more information on the page Vaccination at TU Vienna.

Tested
The City of Vienna offers different testing options - for more information, see the info page on Corona testing options in Vienna, opens an external URL in a new window. For tested persons, the following validity periods apply depending on the test carried out:

  • A PCR test (e.g. via the "alles gurgelt" campaign) is valid for 48 hours from sample collection.
    The TU Vienna provides PCR gargle tests for its students if required. You can obtain a maximum of 3 test kits per week from the security boxes at the TU locations by presenting your student ID and entering your name on the list. Hand in your identity-checked test at a REWE branch of your choice (Billa, Billa Plus, Penny, Bipa or a petrol station with a REWE shop) - if this is done before 9 a.m., you will usually receive the result by the next morning.

  • A rapid antigen test from an authorised centre is valid for 24 hours from the time the sample is taken.
    For spontaneous testing on site, tests can be made in pharmacies near the TU, e.g. Paulaner Apotheke (1040 Vienna, Wiedner Hauptstraße 18; Mon.-Fri. 08:00 - 14:00) or Apotheke zum Hl. Geist (1010 Vienna, Operngasse 16).

Recovered
Persons who have already recovered can provide the following evidence:

  • Proof of recovery according to §4d Epidemic Act 1950
  • Segregation notice issued to a person confirmed to have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the last 180 days.
  • Proof of neutralising antibodies, which must not be older than 90 days.

Access controls: Fast Lane with verification via TISS upload

You have the option of uploading your vaccination, test or convalescence certificate to TISS in advance and in accordance with data protection regulations. This ensures a simple and time-saving access control at the entrances ("fast lane"). We therefore recommend that you make use of this option. The security service will check the validity of your 3G credentials on your smartphone on site using a specially developed TISS feature: Details about the function and structure can be found on the TISS 3-G verification website, which is updated on an ongoing basis.

Of course, you can still show the 3G proof electronically (e.g. with the "Grüner-Pass-App" of BRZ GmbH on your smartphone) or on paper together with your proof of identity when accessing in a separate lane. Please note, however, that this check is much more time-consuming.

Attention: People who do not provide 3G proof will not be admitted!

Verhaltensregeln am Campus

The following rules of conduct continue to apply as before for your stay in the buildings of TU Vienna:

  • Mask: In public areas at TU Vienna (corridors, courtyards, etc.) as well as in the teaching room up to the seat, the wearing of a mask (i.e. mouth-nose-protection or FFP2 mask) is strongly recommended.
  • QR code scan and contact person management: Continued mandatory QR code registration when on campus or in the lecture hall or teaching room at the seat.
  • Reporting your suspected or actual COVID-19 case: Students are obliged to inform the university via online form: Notification of COVID-19 Suspected Case for Students (TUW login required!).
  • Safety distance: Please continue to keep your distance from other people.
  • Hygiene: Please continue to wash and disinfect your hands regularly.