Getting Started with Backstage

A video introduction for participants and lecturers.

For Participants

Please note:

This tutorial is still under construction

Student Registration and Login


  1. click the "Register"-Link on the login screen
  2. select "As Student"
  3. fill in the requested information (username may not exceed 10 characters)
  4. enter lecture key (provided by your lecturer during class!)
  5. enter a token (first two characters of your name + first two characters of your mother's birth name + first two digits of your street number)
  6. click on "Register"
  7. confirm your registration in the registration confirmation mail
  8. login

Entering the Dashboard of a Lesson


  1. select the lecture
  2. select the lesson
  3. click on "Dashboard"

Write a Comment


  1. click on the slide the position you want to stick your comment
  2. select a proper type of your comment (question, answer, remark, too slow, too fast)
  3. write your comment in 200 characters or less. Write in your comment
    1. *** to make it anonymous
    2. :& to make it a private note
    3. @>user to send a private comment to another user, e.g. @>Lecturer
    Note that these communication modifiers need to be permitted by the lecturer
  4. click "Send"

Rate another's Comment


  1. click on the post you want to rate
  2. click on one of the rating buttons (approve, reject, off-topic)

Reply to a Comment


  1. click on the post you want to reply to
  2. click the reply button
  3. choose a proper type of your reply

For Lecturers

Please note:

This tutorial is still under construction

Register and Login as Lecturer


  1. click on the "Register" link on the login screen
  2. fill out the formular
  3. Note that your e-mail domain needs to be activated by the Backstage Team
  4. enter a token (first two characters of your name + first two characters of your mother's birth name + first two digits of your street number)
  5. click on "Register"
  6. confirm your registration in the registration confirmation mail
  7. login

Create a new Lecture


  1. click on "Administration" in the Menu Bar
  2. click "Add Lecture"
  3. fill out the formular
    1. the "key" is the lecture key that is delivered to the students
    2. the "tutor key" is the lecture key delivered to tutors
  4. click "Add"

Create a new Lesson


  1. click on "Administration" in the Menu Bar
  2. click "Add Lesson"
  3. fill out the formular
  4. click "Add" (then, be patient, it takes a while!)

Create a new Quiz


  1. click on "Add Quiz" in the lesson's overview
  2. choose the quiz type
  3. fill out the formular
  4. for a quiz a slide needs to be provided; you have two possibilities:
    1. Backstage automatically creates a quiz slide: choose "automatically create quiz slide"
    2. You provide a separate quiz slide: choose "select uploaded slide" and select the proper quiz slide
  5. click "Save"

Start a Lesson


  1. click on "Publish" on the lesson's overview page to make the lesson visible to your students
  2. click "Dashboard"
  3. click on "Presentation" in the menu bar
    1. click the "Open Session" switch
    2. click the "Slide Projector" to project the slide using a second screen
  4. double-click the bubble and enter your statement

Run a Quiz


  1. click on "Quiz" in the menu bar
  2. choose the quiz
  3. click "Start" to start the quiz
  4. wait and observe student responses
  5. click "Stop" to stop the quiz
  6. click on "Publish results" to publish the quiz results
  7. the quiz slide and the quiz result slide are included into the lecture slides

Stop a Lesson


  1. click on "Presentation" in the menu bar
  2. disable "Open Session"
  3. disable "Slide Projector"
  4. logout

First Steps in Using Backstage


As of 15th March 2016, Backstage can be used by all university lecturers upon request. To create and run courses and lectures on Backstage,
  • First express your wish to use Backstage for your teaching by sending an email at backstage--[at]--pms~~ifi~~lmu~~de from your university email account.
    We advise you to give as restrictive a (university) domain as possible because you will be the "Backstage contact person" for this domain. For example pms.ifi.lmu.de, the domain of our working group, would be preferable to both ifi.lmu.de, the domain of our Institute for Informatics, and lmu.de, the domain of our university. Note that, so far, only university domains are accepted.
  • Second, register yourself on Backstage as a lecturer at https://backstage.pms.ifi.lmu.de.
    Your registration will be possible provided your domain has been formerly registered on Backstage.
  • Third, upload your teaching material (in PDF) on Backstage.
    We advise you to include the teaching terms in a lecture title, like "Summer Term 2015: Logic Programming" instead of "Logic Programming". Indeed, you are likely to give once again a lecture with the same title.

In case of problems, please contact us at backstage--[at]--pms~~ifi~~lmu~~de. We'll do our best to provide assistance as soon as possible. Please, note that Backstage is an outcome of a research project in Technology Enhanced Learning and the Backstage software is maintained by researchers.

Comments, suggestions, and hints at relevant research are very welcome.



Student Contributors


Jeannette Schwarz (Webdesign, Comics)
Daniel Unverricht (SCM, Web Client)
Marco Hoffmann (Extensions)
Stefanie Hasler (Extensions)

Student Theses:Michael Weisbein, Stefan Fassrainer, Werner Hoffmann, Marco Hoffmann, Daniel Baumgart, Michal Bednar, Mislav Boras, Daniel Fritsch, Marlene Gottstein, Julia Hadersberger, Max Kleucker, Johann Kratzer, Florian Nass, Barry Norman, Jeannette Schwarz

Links


http://backstage.pms.ifi.lmu.de:8080
http://backstage.pms.ifi.lmu.de
backstage--[at]--pms~~ifi~~lmu~~de
© 2015 Institute for Informatics, University of Munich