Tools and Work Aids For lecturers

Synchronous co-working with Whiteboards

Developing ideas, creating lists, mapping processes or starting an icebreaker action in an event? Online whiteboards are particularly well suited for synchronous collaboration and can be optimally integrated into different teaching-learning scenarios


For members of the University of Bern, we recommend Zoom Whiteboard, which is included free of charge in the university-wide Zoom license. The data is hosted on servers in Europe. Please do not edit any sensitive data on your whiteboards.

Log in via the browser to Unibe Zoom portal or use the desktop app. You can create, manage, and share whiteboards directly in your account (minimum version 5.10.3 required).

The following features are helpful for teaching use:

  • Dashboard: share, lock or highlight whiteboards
  • Display: cursors of participants, multiple pages per whiteboard
  • Interaction: add comments and reactions, delete reactions, mind mapping
  • Documents: Upload files
  • Archiving: export whiteboard as PDF/PNG (do open whiteboard in browser)
  • Restoration and editing progress: version history
Miro Education

Miro stores data on servers in the USA. Do not share personal and sensitive data, copyrighted media, or research data through your Miro board. To achieve maximum functionality and a certain level of data protection, it is recommended to use a education licence.

Please note that Miro stores data on servers in the USA. Therefore, special care must be taken not to share personal data (especially sensitive personal data), copyright-protected media, or research data.

  •     Do not ask students to create an account with Miro.
  •     Set your Miro boards to private (settings>permissions>sahring settings>only board owners can access). Save results as PDFs.
  •     Delete unused data or whiteboards after use.

The whiteboard function of Teams is currently accessible at the University of Bern, but is not recommended for use because the conversion of mail addresses and the migration of data to the cloud has not yet been set up for all members (see Moving mailboxes to the cloud). This can lead to problems caused by the data migration, for which no support can be provided.

Example: Group work with Zoom Whiteboard

Allow students to work collaboratively before, during, or after the event. Create a new whiteboard and add a page for each group. Now each group has its own area to complete the assignment. An assignment might include brainstorming a topic for a written paper, visualizing a model, or gathering materials for a research topic.

Share the link to the whiteboard and brief participants. For easy access, place the link to the whiteboard directly in the ILIAS course room. Accompany participants in their process by discussing partial results in plenary or adding comments to the whiteboard.

Encourage collaborative work by asking participants to leave comments and reactions to the results. Once the assignment is complete, you can export the whiteboard as a PDF or PNG and make the results available in the ILIAS course room.

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