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General Information[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

What is PANDA?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

PANDA is the learning management system of the University of Paderborn. It was initially developed under the working title "koaLA Next Generation" - koaLA-NG for short - as a university-wide uniform learning platform.

How do I get to PANDA and what are my access data?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

You can find the LMS of the University of Paderborn "PANDA" at The access data is identical with the login data of your university account. You can login with your university user name and password.

How do I get a course in PANDA?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

The PANDA courses are created centrally via the ZIM. You can submit all relevant data to the ZIM via the web form linked on the PANDA homepage. This form is always activated two months before the start of the semester for the coming semester.

How can I transfer course content from other Moodle installations to PANDA?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

PANDA is based on the learning platform Moodle. If you have already used learning rooms and content in another Moodle system (with the current version number), you can import them into PANDA. To do this, first log in to the source Moodle, open the course you wish to import and export it. You should then download this backup file to your computer and, if necessary, save it on an external data carrier. By means of the function "Restore" and selecting a backup file course contents (not participant data!) can now be imported into PANDA and used.

How do students find my course?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

All the courses registered in PANDA are displayed in ascending order of course number. There is a separate tab for each semester. If students are already registered for a course, they will see the course on their home page under the heading "Current Courses".

Who can access the contents of my course?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

The participants of the respective courses are either automatically transferred to the course via the PAUL comparison, or they log on independently using a password defined by the lecturers.

How can I admit students to my class?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

In addition to the automatic transfer of participants from PAUL courses, you can - additionally or alternatively - activate self-enrollment for participants or enter participants manually in your courses. You set a password and give it to your students so that they can use it to enrol themselves in your course.under "Course Settings" / "Enrolled Users" you can see who is enrolled in your course. In addition, you can also enter students and teacher assistants manually in your PANDA courses.

What is the role of "Assistant Lecturer" for?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

For staff members who administer the course fully, but who should not be visible as lecturers in the semester course overview, there is the role of assistant lecturer. This role can be assigned under "Course settings" / "Registered users".

How can I edit my profile?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

Click on your name in the top right corner and then on Profile. In this menu you can edit your profile and add a photo and other contact details, for example. You can also set the frequency with which PANDA sends you messages, for example, forum subscriptions, and whether or not you should always receive them by email. You will find detailed instructions here.

Course[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

How can I send emails to the course participants?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

By default there is a forum "Announcements" in every course in which only the course leader has write access. If you want to send a circular mail, simply create a topic in this forum and every participant will automatically receive the message as a message in PANDA. Moreover, this way your announcements will remain available in the long term.

How do I transfer materials from an existing course to the following semester?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

You can transfer courses from previous semesters or from another Moodle using the import/restore function. See the article Exporting and restoring content for instructions.

Can I unlock my courses on PANDA for external users?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

As a general rule, PANDA is not open to external users, since there is no PANDA guest account. Access is therefore not possible without a university login. If you would like to offer a course in cooperation with another university, please contact us by e-mail at

Groups[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

Can students create groups themselves?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

Groups can only be created by course administrators. An automatic transfer of small groups and their participants from PAUL courses can be selected during course creation.

How can students register themselves in groups?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

Use the activity "Group selection" and define the desired group properties, such as a maximum group size or number. You will find detailed instructions for group selection here.

Evaluations[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

How can I enable students to process submissions of tasks?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

You can configure a submission so that students can upload drafts and finalize them. Instructions for setting up the submission can be found here.

How can you use the evaluation workflow?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

Detailed instructions on how to use the evaluation workflow can be found here.

How can I disable participant notification for task evaluations?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

Navigate to the settings of the task and click on the section "System messages". Now change the setting "Send messages to rated persons" to No.

Participants[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

How can I export participant lists?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

You can export participant lists from Moodle, for example to create attendance lists. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the article Export participant lists.

Why can't students see each other as participants?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

By default, students cannot see each other in the course. This is due to data protection reasons and should NEVER be changed! However, for some activities/materials there are possibilities to adjust the visibility, e.g. for the forum or group selection.

How can I allow students to communicate with their group members without other students reading along?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

Add a new forum to your course and change the group mode to "Separate groups" in the settings under "Further settings". In this forum students can now only communicate within their group. Detailed instructions can be found here.

How can I check if my course contents are displayed to the students in the way I want them to see it?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

Open the drop-down menu of your profile and click on "Change role...". In the window that opens, select the role Participant. To return to the lecturer view, click on "Back to the initial role" in the drop-down menu of your profile.

Copyright / Urheberrecht[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

Texts, graphics, images, audio and video recordings, ... are subject to copyright/Urheberrecht, i.e. any use requires copyright permission. If you want to integrate external materials into your teaching offer, you must clarify whether and to what extent the provision of these materials for teaching and studying is permitted (Further information on copyright).

More questions?[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

If you have any further questions, please check if the previous instructions in the Help Wiki help you or contact us by email at

See also[Bearbeiten | Quelltext bearbeiten]

PANDA - instructions

Information about PANDA for students


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