Information from the president of Trier University 5 November 2020

Dear students, colleagues and employees,

This morning might tempt us to use the metaphor “to poke around in the dark” (German: im Nebel herumstochern; literal translation: to poke around in the fog). In yesterday’s video message, I highlighted the positive impact of a blue sky and sunshine. Here is the link to that message:

In order to improve our sense of orientation, we have revised the central website on online/digital teaching and added additional information to it. You will find regularly updated information concerning the organisation of teaching, studying and examinations here:

The “Arbeitsstelle gute und innovative Lehre (AGIL)“, in cooperation with other service institutions, offers a number of online workshops and possibilities for virtual exchange. The programme will be developed further in the coming weeks of November. You will find more information and the possibility to register here:

From November 10th (6pm) onwards, AGIL will offer a regular exchange for interested teaching staff under the label “ZOOM in”. Please, register in advance via

“Staying tuned” is not easy in the context of an almost exclusively online teaching programme. We have already discussed the “workload” in lectures and seminars during the summer semester. More precisely, we spoke about which tasks/preparations students are given from one session to the next. Of course, this falls into the responsibility of the respective lecturer. I would greatly appreciate it if we could find a good common path here. 

With an encouraging November greeting,

Michael Jäckel