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. 

Note: Do not place any personal or sensitive data, copyright-protected media or research data on your digital boards.


For members of the University of Bern, we recommend Zoom Whiteboard, which is included free of charge in the university-wide Zoom license. You can also use Zoom whiteboards without creating a meeting.

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.

The following features are helpful for teaching use:

  • Dashboard: share, lock or highlight whiteboards
  • Display: create multiple pages per whiteboard, follow cursor
  • Interaction: add comments and reactions, conduct polls, mind mapping
  • Presentation: use laser and timer, create frames, follow the presentation 
  • Archiving: export whiteboard as PDF/PNG, save template
  • Version history: activity overview and restore option

Note: To open the link of a whiteboard outside of a meeting, you must log in with your Unibe-Zoom account. The login is mandatory via SSO (unibe-ch)

There is no campus license and no support service offered for Miro. In order to have the maximum range of functions, we recommend using an education-license (only available to employees of the University of Bern).

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

The whiteboard function of Teams is at the University of Bern only available during meetings and is therefore only recommended for spontaneous notes in a work meetings. Teams including all apps is supported by IT Services: Teams support

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. Each group now has their own area to complete the assignment. An assignment could include, for example, brainstorming to find a topic for a written paper or collecting material on a research topic.

Share the link to the whiteboard and brief the participants. Accompany the work process by discussing partial results in plenary or adding comments to the whiteboard. Encourage collaboration by asking participants to leave comments and reactions to the results or set up a poll. Once the assignment is complete, you can export the whiteboard as a PDF or PNG and make it available in the ILIAS course room.


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