The University's digital learning platform

Moodle is a learning platform that enables class instructors to set up virtual course rooms to supplement their courses. The platform can be used to provide materials and organizational information and to actively involve students. To this end, there are many tools available, including self-tests, discussion boards, wikis and glossaries.

The URZ is responsible for Moodle support and technical operation. The structure and functions of the platform are constantly being developed and improved.

Special Moodle variation for digital examinations

There is a specially created Moodle variation for digital written examinations, which can be found at


This separate Moodle platform can be adapted to the needs of digital examinations and offers the ability to conduct various exam scenarios in an environment that is as stable and secure as possible through its high performance and independence from the existing teaching platform.

Instructors as well as students can only access the examination environment through the Heidelberg University internal network.

Target group

  • Instructors
  • Students



  • Creating digital courses and study materials with comprehensive tools and features
  • Virtual interaction with students via various feedback options


  • Participation in digital courses and access to learning materials on a centralized platform
  • Interaction and exchange with instructors and other students

Access and requirements

You can access Moodle with your Uni ID or project number.

Instructors can receive the necessary permissions to create a course through a written request to the IT service. Please note the  following:

  • If you have not yet used Moodle, please log in to Moodle with your Uni ID or project number before you contact the IT service. This will link your user ID with Moodle, so that you can receive the permissions to create a course.
  • In order to create courses, you need the disseminator role - only those working at Heidelberg University in a teaching capacity can obtain this role.
  • As disseminator, you can assign the teacher role to others. Teachers can alter and supplement all course settings in a course.

Students who want to use Moodle for courses generally receive access to their respective courses through an enrollment key, which is usually provided by the instructor during the first session of the course.

Student assistants who require further permissions, for example as a course tutor, generally have a project number associated with their work contract. They can receive the necessary editing rights from the disseminator for this project number.

Technical information

Moodle has a responsive web interface, i.e. the elements on the screen adjust to fit the particular device being used. This makes using smartphones and tablets much easier and more engaging. The high-performance video streaming server heiCAST stores large videos on the URZ's internal servers and makes them available via Moodle, eliminating the need for external third-party providers to stream videos in Moodle courses.

New: Regular Moodle maintenance from 30th of June

Starting on Wednesday, 30 June 2021, there will be maintenance work on Moodle every four weeks - always on the last Wednesday of every month.
Software updates for Moodle, plugins and the server software will be conducted during this maintenance window. Please note: You will not be able to access Moodle during maintenance.

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