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Practical information for students on online teaching

The WiSo faculty shares the holistic understanding of digital education at the University of Cologne. This includes digital teaching and learning as well as digital responsibility and data science.

This page supplements the central platform for digital teaching of the University of Cologne and gives an introductory, practice-oriented overview of online teaching at the WiSo Faculty.

How do I know if my classes will take place online?

You will find information on this on KLIPS 2.0 in the respective course or on ILIAS. If you are not able to find any information, please contact the respective lecturer. jeweiligen Veranstaltung oder in ILIAS.

What does online teaching look like?

The lecturers decide individually what their online teaching will look like. KLIPS and ILIAS will continue to be your central sources of information on this. Many classes will take place live via Zoom, others will be prepared in advance and made available in video format via ILIAS. Whether a live event is recorded or not is decided individually by each lecturer.

"I am proud to be an alumnus of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne, where I studied Business Administration. The knowledge, skills and experience I gained during my time at WiSo have been invaluable to my career. I would recommend studying at the WiSo Faculty to anyone looking for a comprehensive education and a solid foundation for a successful career in the business world."


Henning Gieseke,
Chief Financial Officer - Ströer Management SE(MDAX)

Who do I contact if I have questions or problems regarding online teaching?

The main point of contact for all student questions is the WiSo Student Service Point (WiSSPo).

Please send inquiries via email using the contact form.

Ausführliche Informationen zu den praktischen Fragen zur Online-Lehre an der WiSo-Fakultät über diesen Überblick hinaus bieten auch die FAQ zur Onlinelehre an der WiSo-Fakultät!

Online classes in Zoom

Access and registration

  • Access to an online class will be given to you by your lecturer via ILIAS or by email.
  • Neither an account nor a license is required to register as a student. Please log in using your Smail address and your full name.
  • For active participation you may need a microphone and possibly a camera.
  • Please dial in a few minutes before the class starts.
  • It may be that the lecturer creates a queue for the online class. In this case you simply have to wait for the class to start or the lecturer to add you.

During the online class

  • Please leave your microphone switched off at first to avoid disturbing background noise.
  • Please be aware that the sessions can be recorded. You should receive a note from the lecturer if this is the case.
  • Depending on the lecturer’s settings, you have the following possibilities of participating in an online class:
    • Chat: You can use the chat function to can send questions to all participants or directly to the lecturer.
    • Raise Hand: If you want to say something, you can indicate this via "Participants" and then "Raise Hand". Wait for the lecturer to call you up and, if necessary, unlock you.
    • Reactions: Here you can react by displaying a "thumbs up" or "clapping hands" in your picture.

Leaving an online class

You can leave an online class yourself by clicking "Leave Meeting", or the session can be closed down centrally for everyone.

Further information and instructions can be found in the Zoom Help Center.

Further Information on Online teaching

Digital teaching and learning - central platform of the University of Cologne (German)