ASP digital teaching 2020

Dear ASP students,

on May 4, 2020 our school has started the summer semester by using digital lectures and courses. All currently enrolled students can follow even from home. It is assured hat all students can proceed with your study program and earn all necessary ECs, even if classical lectures and courses may not be possible at the moment. At least 28 modules will be offered online during this ongoing semester. 

The university's central administration has provided a news blog and FAQ catalogue to reach all students, members and staff. This blog is updated on a daily basis, so please stay tuned: >> link to the Corona news blog of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Addressing the whole ASP student community, we provide up-to-date information on all the special education measures here. For further advice and support from the ASP team, please contact at any time.

show Content A. MSc Photonics study course information

show Content A1. Which MSc Photonics courses will be offered in the summer semester 2020?

The entire summer semester, i.e. all lectures, courses and exams until July 2020, is held online. The Abbe School of Photonics as part of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena is bound to the regulations and orders issued by the Thuringian Ministry of Education. However, we take full responsibility for our students and assure that their studies in Jena are not at risk.

In the summer semester 2020, the following courses are provided by digitally based teaching solutions:

  • Applied laser technology I
  • Biomedical Imaging - Non-ionizing radiation
  • Biophotonics
  • Computational photonics
  • Fiber optics
  • Image processing
  • Integrated quantum photonics
  • Introduction to nanooptics
  • Key experiments in accelerator-based modern physics (seminar)
  • Laser driven radiation sources
  • Laser physics (mandatory for the 2nd semester)
  • Lens design I
  • Micro/nanotechnology
  • Microscopy
  • Milestones in optics
  • Modern Methods of Spectroscopy
  • Nonlinear optical properties of 2D materials
  • Nuclear Matter and the Formation of Elements
  • Optical properties of solids in external fields
  • Optics for spectroscopists: Optical waves in solids
  • Optoelectronics
  • Physics of Extreme Electromagnetic Fields
  • Physics of free electron laser
  • Physics of solar cells
  • Plasma Physics
  • Quantum optics
  • Strong-field laser physics
  • Theory of nonlinear optics
  • XUV Optics

Moreover, all professors and supervisors are currently offering flexible solutions also for practical modules such as the internships, the research labwork and the Master's degree thesis. Our goal is that all enrolled students can proceed with their study program and earn all necessary ECs in the upcoming summer semester 2020. As soon as the social distancing restrictions are suspended, we will return to regular courses with physical attendance as before.

show Content A4. What about the German language courses?

The German language courses offered by the Language Center of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena will take place online.The deadline for registration and placement tests has passed. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Dorit Schmidt.

show Content A5. What about work in the optics laboratories? Can I proceed with my internship or Master's degree thesis?

We are sorry to say that all university laboratories are currently closed for most students. Thus, most of the ongoing experiments have been suspended for the time being. However, if you are in the final phase of a laboratory work, e.g. internship or Master's degree thesis, your supervisors are advised to offer to you flexible and intelligent solutions to work in the lab. Please address your supervisors on this.

If you are only at the start of an internship or Master's degree work, try to actively and politely approach your supervisors, and be insistent. You could ask them, for example, whether you could start your projects now using scientific literature available online, by performing data analysis, by writing a code... try to readjust your topic with your supervisors such that at least parts can be done from home. Thus, many of the research projects may concentrate on theory, simulations, or data evaluation.

All supervisors are aware of the situation and are very willing to find flexible solutions and to adapt the research projects accordingly.

show Content A6. How do I access the latest information from the university?

The university's central administration has provided a news blog and FAQ catalogue to reach all students, members and staff. This blog is updated on a daily basis, so please stay tuned:

>> link to the Corona news blog of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (in German)
>> link to the Corona news blog of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (in English)

Moreover, different administrative units of the university are providing more detailed information for international students:

show Content B. Online access, tools and platforms

show Content B1. Which tools and software will I need?

Technically, all you need is a computer with a reliable internet connection and headphones (or loudspeakers). Having a microphone (or even better, a headset) and camera would be great, and are usually built into your laptop or tablet anyway. In the worst case even your cell phone will do. It would be advantageous if you were in the same time zone as Jena, as at least some of the teaching will take place synchronously to the weekly lecturing schedule. Further information on the software is provided by your teacher, since each teacher is free to choose his/her own solution.

The teachers are choosing among the following online tools and meetings platforms. Please familiarize yourselves with:

show Content B2. Which additional student licences does the University offer?

The IT service center of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena provided special advice for preferred software platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Nextcloud Talk and Jabber via Wiki platforms. For example, as a student of the university, you have access to a free Microsoft 365 licence, including Microsoft Teams. More information:

show Content B3. Can I access the ACP computer pool?

Yes, the ACP PC pool is now open again and can be accessed by students regularly during the week!

However, all courses that usually take place there will be taught remotely, e.g. the modules Computational Photonics (Prof. Thomas Pertsch) and/or Lens Design (Prof. Herbert Gross). The students participating in the courses may need to install specific software on their private computers. More detailed information is provided by the professors.

show Content C. Further advice for students

show Content C1. As a student, what else can I do?

Even if it does not feel like regular studying, there are a lot of things you can and should do now:

  • Despite social distancing, try to keep your social contacts alive! Try to make up the social distancing with online tools. Establish new social habits and platforms!
  • Make an effort to form study teams of at least three students, meet (online) regularly.
  • Set up your electronic communication hardware (internet connection, headphones, camera). Make sure to have a replacement in case something breaks.
  • Familiarize yourself with and register with the multiple online teaching and meeting platforms, e.g. DFNconf, Friedolin, Moodle, Adobe Connect, Microsoft Teams, and of course, Zoom or Skype – try to become proficient users already at the start of the lectures!
  • Help each others in teams! Communicate electronically with your friends before teaching starts.

Most importantly: Let us and others know if you have any problems! Make sure no one feels isolated, help and contact each other. This is a time where we all should stand even closer together than before.

show Content C2. Who can I contact if I have any questions?

Students facing any technical issues regarding the tools and software platforms which ASP uses during the digital teaching sessions can contact our ASP digital teaching task force by writing an email to . We will try to answer all emails, and of course, react to unforeseen problems. When contacting us, please provide your full name, which semester you are in, and - if applicable - which lecture of module your request is related to, as well as the name of the professor giving the course.

For questions with regard to a specific or topical aspect of an individual lecture or course, please refer directly to the responsible professor. Moreover, our ASP Master coordinator Dr. Dorit Schmidt is, just as before the pandemic, always at your disposal with her support and advice.

show Content Teachers' section

For all professors and seminar leaders contributing to the MSc Photoncis courses: tutorials on the creation of learning videos

Generally, the university has created a digitalisation taskforce lead by the Vice-President for Young Researchers and Diversity Management, Prof. Uwe Cantner. All central information and advice on the digitalisation of FSU education, research and administration is given at

At ASP, we provide more detailed information that assist you in creating digital teaching content in practise. The site is continuously updated. If you have questions, you can reach our ASP digital teaching team at . As a lecturer, there are two steps which you need to take and which we explain via via tutorials in the following:

Step 1: Tutorial on the basic setup for recording

Step 2.1: Tutorial on recording your blackboard teaching

Step 2.2: Tutorial on recording your screencasts or presentations

Step 3.1: Advanced Techniques for Recording with OBS

Step 3.2 Video Editing with Shotcut

Step 4 Uploading on DBT or YouTube and Integration of your content on Moodle

Step 2: FAQ list on how to set up a MOODLE account of your lecture via Friedolin

show Content Q. FAQs concerning MOODLE

show Content Q1. Why should I use MOODLE?

The FSU MOODLE System handles enrollment of students from Friedolin, course creation, data protection etc. widely automatically. It provides all necessary tools to create and manage digital teaching content in a convenient way for the lecturer. All students are automatically prompted with news in the courses they are enrolled in. Moreover, you can collect assignments and discuss with your students directly on the platform. If you do not want to use the MOODLE system, you have to take care of these issues on your own.

show Content Q2. How do I get a MOODLE course for my lecture?

Once your course appears in Friedolin, click the edit pen symbol, find the E-Learning tab and activate MOODLE, like shown here. Please note that for one teaching module (e.g. lecture plus seminars) only one MOODLE registration is necessary. Then, click "save".

After synchronization of the Friedolin databases (every 24 hours), you will receive an email notification confirming that your course has been created. If you now log in at, your course appears at "my courses", and you are automatically gained editing rights.

In case that you receice an error code like "You cannot enroll yourself in this course", something went wrong concerning the Friedolin synchronization. In that case we encourage you to write a short message to . Thomas Kaiser can manually set your rights or solve the issue in cooperation with the FSU MOODLE administration team.

show Content Q3. How do I grant editing rights for assistants / HiWis?

Assistants supporting your courses can be given editing rights for your MOODLE courses. To this end, they need to have logged in at least once to with their personal FSU credentials to be registered in MOODLE as users. After this, please proceed like this: in the administration tab on the right, find Enrolled users:


In the participants list, find Enrol users on the right, then enter the name of the person you want to add and select his/her role: