WU provides several different software tools and applications to support (distance) learning. Here is an overview of the most important tools.
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WU Tools and Services
MyLEARNClick here to learn more
LEARN is WU’s central learning and information portal for students.
When you log in, you see an overview of key information in your personal MyLEARN area:
Memberships: your courses
Calendar: your calendar entries
To Do: your to-do list
News: important information and updates
My quicklinks: helpful web links
Please click on “More information” below the screenshots to view them in a higher resolution.
Your Courses on MyLEARN
If you click on a course you’ve signed up for on your MyLEARN starting page, you can access the course details (green background color) – see screenshot 2/2 above.
Please read the information in the “Inform” section carefully, particularly the syllabus.
In the “Study & Practice” section, you can find lecture notes, slides, exercises, sample exams, Lecturecasts, and more. The materials available vary from course to course.
In the “Communication” section, you can access web forums and chats for each course where you can ask course-related questions.
How to study the course materials if you’re not signed up for the course?
For many courses (e.g. the courses from the introductory and orientation phase of the German-taught bachelor’s programs), open course repositories are available on MyLEARN in the “memberships” section under “Course repositories.” There you can find information about the respective courses even if you have not signed up for the course via LPIS. Just select the appropriate course from the drop-down list. In contrast to the individual courses, course repositories are shown with an orange background color.
For some courses, it is possible to request course membership on MyLEARN. You can add course memberships under the item “Manage memberships.” This can for example be helpful if you have to submit homework for a course but have not signed up via LPIS.
Your course instructors may create calendar items for particularly important events as part of the course (e.g. synchronous activities such as web streams, live chat sessions, or meetings). You can use your MyLEARN Calendar to get an overview of the dates of important course events.
Online Exams on MyLEARN
MyLEARN is also used for holding online exams. For details on how online exams are held on MyLEARN, please see our web page on Online Exams.
Microsoft TeamsClick here to learn more
Microsoft Teams is a web conferencing tool that can be used for synchronous online meetings, conferences, and classes. It can also be used for holding oral exams. It includes a range of useful features, for example a chat function.
How to activate Microsoft Teams
Please configure your WU student account for Microsoft Teams.
Log in to the Controlpanel application.
Click on “My email” and “Office365 configuration.”
After that, you have to select the full range of features (email, Skype4Business, Teams, SharePoint, Yammer, OneDrive) and submit your settings again.*
* When you try to sign in to Teams and you receive the message“You’re missing out!” or a similar message, this means that the activation has not been completed.
Please note: It may take up to 24 hours until the activation is completed. You’ll have to wait for approximately 24 hours until you can sign in to Microsoft Teams with your WU student login data.
To sign in, please go to the following page: teams.microsoft.com.
As your sign-in address, please enter: hYourStudentIDnumber@s.wu.ac.at (letter h followed by your student ID number; don’t forget the “s” after the @ symbol!). You will then be forwarded to the WU login page.
Please log in with hYourStudentIDnumber or hYourStudentIDnumber@s.wu.ac.at (once again, type an “s” after @; don’t use hYourStudentIDnumber@wu.ac.at) and your WU account password.
Participating in courses via Microsoft Teams
Prior to the start of a synchronous online class, your course instructors will send you an email with the link to the appropriate web conference (class). Please be sure to configure your WU student account for Microsoft Teams at least 24 hours before the first class if the course is held on Teams. Ideally, you should complete the configuration earlier than that so that you have enough time to familiarize yourself with Teams.
ZoomClick here to learn more.
Activating your WU account for Zoom
Please activate your WU Account for Zoom:
Go to www.wu.ac.at/zoom
Click on „Sign in – Configure your account“. This will take you to WU's Central Login Page. There, please log in using your WU account details. Your Zoom account will now be configured automatically. Go to "Settings" if you would like to change any of your account settings.
If you use Zoom in a browser, please note that this currently only works with Google Chrome, Firefox and Chromium Edge. We strongly recommend that you download the Zoom desktop app. It has more functions than the browser version:https://zoom.us/download
Please follow the instructions on your laptop or PC to download the app.
Joining webconferences via Zoom
In MyLEARN, you can join Zoom webconferences (= classes broadcast via Zoom) by clicking on a particular course or course respository.
Click on a course or course repository in MyLEARN.
In the menu on the left, click on "webconference".
Then click on „Start Zoom“.
You will then see a list of all the planned Zoom webconferences for this course. You can join a webconference live by clicking on "Join".
If your lecturers do not directly plan their webconferences via MyLEARN, they will send you an email with the link to the webconference. Please click on this link at the beginning of the webconference (=class).
Virtual PC RoomsClick here to learn more
For the academic year 2020 / 21, 200 virtual PC-workstations are available at WU. These are equipped with the same specialised software that is available in the PC rooms on campus. Students and lecturers can access the virtual PCs remotely, e.g. from home.
Please note that you need a VPN connection to access a virtual PC from outside WU (off-campus). Click here to learn more about VPN applications.
What can the virtual PCs be used for?
The virtual PCs can be used for courses that are normally held in a PC room, but are currently taught in a synchronous hybrid or distance mode. For this scenario, 123 virtual PCs are available, assigned to three virtual PC-rooms (S, M, and L). Lecturers can book a virtual PC-room via Rooms. Students and lecturers can then access the virtual PCs during the scheduled course dates. Access authorisation is automatically granted to lecturers and students registered for this course.
The remaining 77 virtual PCs are assigned to the virtual lab and are available to WU students at any time for practice. The PCs in the three virtual PC rooms mentioned above are also accessible to all students every day after the last course. The allocation of virtual PCs for practice purposes is based on the first-come-first-served principle.
How can I access the virtual PC workstations?
There are two ways for accessing a virtual PC.
1. Access via Horizon Client:
The following tools may be useful if your teachers ask you to document something (like your calculation path) in PDF format, as a homework or during an exam.
Converting Photos to PDF FormatClick here to learn more
An image-PDF-page usually has a size of 1.5 MB. In order to keep the load on the bandwidth and thus the time for an upload to LEARN as low as possible, the recommended file size of the entire PDF is a maximum of 10 MB.
Therefore, we recommend that you set the photo camera in a way that the resoluation of the resulting picture is reduced. This will also help to minimize the file size when converting to PDF format.
If your upload would take too much time due to file size, your teachers may ask you to submit a file hash and upload the file later. Files can be uniquely identitfied with the help of hash values. A changed hash value of a file is proof that the file was changed subsequently by the student. If your teachers ask you to submit a file hash, they will provide information on how to do this.
Scanning with the Help of a SmartphoneClick here to learn more
You can convert handwritten notes into a PDF format using your smartphone. We recommend the following helpful apps for this:
With the help of the free app Adobe Scan, notes can be scanned or PDF documents can be created from previously taken pictures. Scans can be edited and annotated. The app is available for iOS and Android.
iOS: In PDF Expert, files can be imported from the Pictures or Files app as well as from the computer and from the cloud.
Android: In the Image to PDF Converter, images from selected folders can be converted into a PDF.
NOTE: If you have a exam with automated online exam supervision (proctoring), you must transfer the images to the computer before uploading them in LEARN. A smartphone cannot access the proctored task.
Converting Pictures to PDFs on a PCClick here to learn more
If you do not have a smartphone, the following options are available on a computer / laptop:
Open the picture in the default program or in Paint 3D.
Click on "Menu" at the very top left.
Select "Print" and "2D Print".
Then select "Microsoft Print to PDF" in the printer selection at the top.
You will find the PDF in the specified storage location.
In the finder, open the folder with the required images and select them.
Right-click on one of the selected files.
In the context menu, click on "open with > preview (default)".
In the sidebar of the preview app, you can see all the images. You can now change the order by moving the images and thus change the later display order within the PDF.
After you have made all the necessary adjustments, click on "file > print" in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
Then click on the drop-down menu at the bottom left and select "save as PDF".
Open your browser and go to the Online2PDF website.
Click on the "select files" button.
Now navigate to the photos you want to convert. You can select more than one by holding down Shift while clicking on each file.
Click on "open" to upload the files.
Select "image to PDF" underneath.
Click on "convert" to start the process. The converted files will be downloaded automatically and can be found in your download folder. As files have to be uploaded twice here, this browser-based converesion may take longer.