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The standard application for conducting webinars (online lectures) at Reutlingen University is DFNconf Adobe Connect. Since DFN has announced that this platform will not be able to cope with the huge increase in online lectures caused by the corona crisis, Reutlingen University is offering an alternative platform. As of April 2022, Reutlingen University's contract with Zoom has been extended until March 2023, at which point a decision will be made on whether or not to extend this. Zoom is intended exclusively for teaching purposes. 

Zoom enables the organisation of online events with up to 300 participants. With Zoom, the following functions are available:

  • Video and audio conferences
  • Chat function
  • Screen or window sharing
  • Whiteboard
  • Break-out sessions
  • Surveys
  • Recording of web conferences

Within Zoom, a distinction is made between moderators and participants. The moderator can appoint co-moderator. Moderators can create meetings and invite participants to join these meetings.

To become a moderator, please send an e-mail to the Service Desk with the subject line "Registrierung Zoom". Any participants can be invited to webinars.

When using Zoom, please make sure that you have the appropriate technical equipment. A USB headset is helpful for better audio transmission.
If this is not available, the microphone on your laptop can also be used. The built-in camera on your laptop is sufficient for video transmission.


User Guides




Please report any problems to the Service Desk.

The processing times correspond to the Service Level Agreement (SLA).

Data Backup / Hosting

Recorded webinars are momentarily stored in the Zoom Cloud and are automatically deleted after 60 days. If recordings need to be retained for a longer period, they must be downloaded and uploaded to Panopto.

Request Service

This service must be requested with an e-mail to the Service Desk with the subject line "Registrierung Zoom". This is only available to professors and lecturers.

User Responsibilities

Zoom is intended exclusively for teaching use. No conferences may be held using this service for the following purposes:

  • Applications
  • Appointment procedures
  • Meetings
  • Events regarding research projects

DFNconf PEXIP can be used for these subjects. Due to the limited availability, it is strongly recommended to use less frequented times (<9:00, >17:00)

  • When using Zoom, a password is required for every event
  • File transfers between participants is blocked
  • Invitations to participants can only be sent from the moderator's e-mail address


The current Zoom license is valid until 31.03.2022.

Data Protection Information for Zoom - HSRT (PDF in German)

For data protection:

  • attention tracking is switched off
  • detailed information about participants (such as IP addresses) is not recorded
  • participants can change their name and participate with a pseudonym
  • the automatic recording of meetings is deactivated. When the moderator starts a recording, participants receive a message where they have the option to agree to the recording or to leave the meeting
  • camera control by the moderator is deactivated
  • login using your Facebook or Google account is not possible
  • local recording of the event is deactivated for participants
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