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Eisler eCampus

Digital teaching can never replace direct social contact. It can however support, supplement, and enrich traditional teaching, provided digital resources are used in a sustained and useful way. Although the current crisis, which began in March of 2020, requires restrictions on personal meetings and direct artistic exchange, so that instructors and students can no longer meet in lesson rooms at the school as usual, this extraordinary situation nonetheless represents an opportunity:

Presenting the Eisler eCampus 

Prof. Andrea Tober, Vicerector and Officer for Digital Transformation, presents the Eisler eCampus of the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin

The digital creative semester

“Against this background, we – along with all of Berlin’s institutions of higher learning – are called upon to use the summer semester as a creative semester, and to try out new forms of instruction, of communication and exchange, and of knowledge transfer using digital formats. This calls for creative ideas and a delight in experimentation. This is true as well for knowledge that that is generated for to satisfy technical requirements. Here, as well, we must explore the kinds of new pathways that allow us to realize new ideas in the short term.”
Sarah Wedl-Wilson, President

Sustained experimentation

Given the special situation, the school confronts the challenge of developing and trying out teaching formats that – in conjunction with contactless learning (distance learning) – have the potential for integration into face-to-face teaching (blended learning), as well for creating additional online options (teaching on demand) that can be called up in a temporally and spatially independent way, and which can promote self-guided learning or offer future digitally-conceived webinars (learning management systems).

You can get an initial impression of these newly developed formats at #eislerlab_digital and #eislerlive:

#eisler live

Guiding principles 

In order to make all of this possible, we began organizing the Eisler eCampus, a digital infrastructure at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin. This made it possible to support teaching – going beyond digital forms of teaching and the Corona situation – by allowing internal communication and collaboration to be joined together and harmonized in a protected space and through an ensemble of diverse components.

  • Safety: The Eisler eCampus offers a protected space, and allows control over one’s own data through the server location in Germany and corresponding DSGVO conformity: metadata remain private, the user group is limited, and its administration safeguarded.
  • Flexibility: Comfortable access to information independent of one’s own location or the device being used.
  • Harmonization: For the sake of the larger architecture, this means breaking up individual, isolated solutions – while these solutions have proven themselves from the perspective of individual instructor, they nonetheless remain only one of many individual solutions that confront students daily.


The Eisler eCampus consists of various components that can be linked with one another in a user-friendly way. This solution is intended to offer a comprehensive platform for communication and collaboration.


  • Communication via e-mail: The setting up of in-house e-mail accounts for all members of the school on the Outlook WebApp means that everyone is listed and accessible internally with their e-mail addresses.
  • Appointments: Via a calendar function, calendars can be shared with other users, facilitating lesson arrangements. A trans-university calendar will facilitate the sharing of dates of relevance to studies, i.e. semester dates, rehearsal planning for major projects, etc.
  • Integration: Possible alongside secure communication is the management of an e-mail account in any desired e-mail programs on your own device.

password recovery


  • eislerCommunity: For access to this platform, there is a secure registration procedure through the School’s official in-house e-mail address. Only in this way users can verify they are members of the school.
  • Filesharing: The cloud makes it possible for all data (including documents and videos) that are necessary for teaching to be stored and accessible, i.e. findable (!). This may encompass educational content as well as documents from the organs of academic self-administration.
  • Storage capacity: All users receive adequate storage space, which can also be customized as needed. The cloud should be seen primarily as a location for temporary data exchange; upon consultation, however, the establishment of subject-specific media libraries is conceivable as well.
  • Collaboration: Via an integrated OnlyOffice applications package, data can also be processed jointly on your own PC without a software license or installation.
  • Knowledge sharing (in planning): currently envisioned is the integration of an in-house school “Eisler Wiki”: information on topics of interest and relevance to all of us can be stored and edited there in a well-structured way.
  • Guests: External guests to can be invited to use the cloud or temporary folders on a temporary basis.



Scheduled to begin in June 

  • Communication via videoconference: Henceforth, we will be offering our own videoconference tool on our own server on the basis of the open-source program jitsi.
  • Security: This solution ensures a degree of stability and security, although it cannot do justice to the high demands for sound quality in instrumental instruction.
  • Functions: Primarily, this tool makes it possible to organize seminars and group instruction as well as organizational meetings. At this point, we will have to do without certain usual functions that are familiar from other providers; in the medium term, however, they may become available through reprogramming.


Planned beginning in June 

  • Communication via chat: Via an integrated tool, comparable to WhatsApp, chat rooms will enabled for short-term exchanges of information, questions, and experiences. This can mean either open or private channels (for example, a class in a major subject) or discussions of special themes.


  • Spatial organization: The eislerCommunity is already familiar with this component. Both instructors and students can plan for and organize the use of available rooms through this room booking system, allowing resources to be utilized more effectively.


Campus management

Planned beginning in October 

  • Teaching organization: alongside the modules of the Campus Management System in the area of student administration that have already been introduced, we will be gradually introducing additional modules for the planning and organization of study and teaching.