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OPAL (online- based platform for academical teachings and learning at universities/ colleges of Saxony) is a centrally used strategic learning-platform of the TU Dresden.


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1.1. Access, Homesite

1.1.1. Login
1.1.2. Configure home page
1.1.3. Administrate Groups
1.1.4. Administrate Learning resources
1.1.5. Help

1.1.1. Login

We have summarized information on "e-learning at the TU Dresden" on the website http://elearning.tu-dresden.de. On the same website you can also find a link, which leads you to the homepage of OPAL. Here you can register yourself to OPAL by choosing the TU Dresden in the section "my university" first (Figure 1) and secondly, by stating your login, which was given to you by the Center for Information Services and High Performance Computing (ZIH) of the TU Dresden (Figure 2):

Choose institution Zoom


Figure 1

Login Zoom


Figure 2

1.1.2. Configure home page

After registration, a page named home will appear. This is called your private space and can be configured individually by every user (Figure 3).

configure page Zoom


Figure 3

If you want to set-up or design your "home"-page, click the button "set- up". As a result, every element on the page can now be replaced, moved or activated/deactivated according to your personal needs.

To finish the set-up process, click the button "set-up done". (Figure 4).

End configuration Zoom


Figure 4

You also have the possibility to change your personal settings (section "my personal settings" on the left navigation bar and then "my profile"). (Figure 5)

1.1.3. Administrate Groups

In the section Groups all the groups you entered are listed. Within a group you have different ways to communicate with other group-members; e.g. e-mail, folder (memory capacity), information, chat, and forum). The particular owner (or the owner of a group) can assign the different ways of communication (Figure 6).

Groups Zoom


Figure 5

1.1.4. Administrate Learning resources

In the section Learning resources (Figure 6) it is possible to state, to edit, or to cancel your own courses/ events. You also have the option of finding existing, active courses.

General program for entering a course:

  • You state a new course or select a still existing course which you want to edit
  • Edit the data or pages with the course editor
  • Press publish when you finish editing the course or pages
  • Finally, close the course-editor

My entries Zoom


Figure 6

1.1.5. Help

Within the Help section (Figure 7) you can find different bulletin boards, hints, tricks (at present only in German), help, as well as examples referring to the use and profits of OPAL.

Help Zoom


Figure 7