heiCONF-Audimax: Digital auditoriums for large lectures

The new heiCONF variant heiCONF-Audimax is optimised for digital lectures. All data remains on university servers. Data protection and room security have been further improved.

heiCONF-Audimax offers the following supplementary features:

  • Up to 200 participants per conference (will be increased in the near term)
  • Camera function limited to the moderator
  • Automatic muting of participants joining the conference

Additionally, the known heiCONF functions can continue to be used:

  • Audio and video conferencing (only the moderator's video is activated and permitted)
  • Chat
  • Screen sharing
  • Sharing of presentations, audio, and video material
  • Multi-user whiteboards
  • Breakout rooms
  • Conference-internal polls
  • Individual configuration of rooms/auditoriums

How to use heiCONF-Audimax

The web-based service is now available to all university staff. A separate registration is not necessary. Simply log in to the following site with your Uni-ID:

https://audimax.heiconf.uni-heidelberg.de/

heiCONF-Audimax is especially well suited to synchronous teaching, such as larger lectures with up to 200 participants. This way, lectures can be held safely and in compliance with data protection guidelines.

After logging in, you can create and configure up to five virtual auditoriums in which to hold lectures. Other participants can be invited simply via a link to the lecture. These participants require only the link to join the conference, an account isn't necessary. This makes conferences with both students and external participants possible.

heiCONF naturally remains available for more interactive teaching formats with up to 50 participants. In contrast to heiCONF-Audimax, several participants can activate their cameras simultaneously.

heiCONF is now safer than ever

Two updates have now been implemented to increase the security of heiCONF rooms and Audimax lecture theatres: When a new room is created, a random combination of letters and numbers for the room link is generated completely independently of the account username. Until now it was possible, with a great deal of effort, to guess the room names of certain users. With the new, longer room IDs that no longer allow one to infer the owner, this is no longer possible.

As a further improvement, the room access codes have been changed. These no longer consist of six numbers but of five words in form of some imaginary term. This new password complexity offers increased room security.

The current rooms codes will remain the same to ensure that no access problems occur with events scheduled already.
However, we recommend using a new room with a new access code for meetings with higher security requirements.

Secure, data protection compliant online education on university servers

heiCONF-Audimax, like heiCONF, is provided using heiCLOUD, the university's cloud infrastructure. This means all data is processed only in the university's server rooms.
If you have questions regarding the new service or run into any problems, please contact the URZ IT service. We look forward to your feedback.

Bild: heiCONF-Audimax