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France - Atlanta 2014 "Digital learning in the 21st century"

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Introduction to the France -Atlanta 2014 seminar about digital learning held at Georgia Tech, October 20-21 2014

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France - Atlanta 2014 "Digital learning in the 21st century"

  1. 1. Digital Learning in the 21st century A Franco-American Perspective Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014 Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris www.upmc.fr Yves Epelboin Professor Emeritus Yves.Epelboin@impmc.upmc.fr
  2. 2. Agenda • The French HE organization • Digital learning? • MOOCs and online learning Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014 •Conclusion
  3. 3. The French HE organization Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014
  4. 4. The Bologna declaration • June 1999: A European Higher Education Area in which students and graduates could move freely between countries • In France, since 2002: – Bachelor (licence): 6 semesters – Master: 4 semesters – PhD (Doctorat): 3 years Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014
  5. 5. The French HE system Universities Grandes Ecoles IUT (Technology colleges) Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014 Years PhD 8 Master Grande Ecole 5 Bachelor 3 High School Technological studies 2 training
  6. 6. HE organization • Universities: – National diploma: curses must be approved – Tuition fees very low and controlled – No selection at entrance in universities • Grandes Ecoles: – More freedom for tuition and diploma – Very selective – Tuition fees vary Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014
  7. 7. University cooperation: OER • UNT (Universités Numériques Thématiques): a national initiative about Open Educational Resources since 2004 • per discipline • Peer reviewed • With national grants • FUN-MOOC: a national MOOC consortium • http://www.france-universite-numerique.fr Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014
  8. 8. University cooperation: UNR • Universités numériques en région: Regional digital universities • Regional cooperation between universities: – Portals – WiFi networks – Students smart ID cards… 2003 2008 Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014
  9. 9. University cooperation: digital • Access to Student Information Systems: timetables, grades, diploma,..., • Information & communication: email, forums, ..., desktop services, • Access to LMS, • Library & Documentation, • Podcast, video, 23% 8% 10% 5% 9% 45% L1 L2 L3 M1 M2 Divers 7% Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014 23% 22% 17% 10% 21% Santé-sport Sciences sociales Droit Sciences fondamentales Economie-gestion Divers level study taught disciplines
  10. 10. Digital learning? Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014
  11. 11. A cultural approach • US and France: a different approach – US: a technological culture and a faith in technology – France: a Cartesian approach: from concepts to practice Thus: France: a cautious approach to the use of technology in teaching and learning (valid for teachers as well as for students) US: jumping into technology? Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014
  12. 12. Technology and teaching • Most French universities use a LMS (Moodle 90%) • Main uses: – Documents storage – Exchanges between teachers and students • Except for the minority of pioneers, the pedagogical use has started with the MOOCs Really different in the US? Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014
  13. 13. LMS use: teachers at UPMC Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014
  14. 14. LMS use: students at UPMC Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014
  15. 15. MOOC and online learning Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014
  16. 16. It’s changing: MOOCs in Europe http://www.openeducationeuropa.eu/en/european_scoreboard_moocs 3/09/2014 Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014
  17. 17. MOOC: an impulse towards online learning • Distance learning: an old tradition in France • New means: SPOC – Change in learning: flipped classes – Remedial courses – Distance learning • MOOC: mostly another use of SPOC Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014
  18. 18. Communities and technology • Students use Web 2.0 tools in their private life • Faint interest in using university tools but growing – Few students live on campus: dormitories not managed by universities? – No sense of the university community? • Must be educated in using Internet and collaborative tools – C2I: Certificat Informatique et Internet (Computer and Internet certification) Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014
  19. 19. Certification and diplomation • In France diploma are delivered under state control – Portable ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) – Recognition by industry – Possibility to move from an institution to another • Assessments and online teaching – Automatic assessments mainly in Medicine – Online assessments? • Certification for distance learning – Value of online distance certification Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014
  20. 20. Conclusion? Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014
  21. 21. Conclusion: an irreversible change • MOOCs have given the impulse for online learning • Rapid growth of blended learning • Flipped learning: students must also be convinced! But: • How to cover the expense with fixed tuition fees and revenues? – A 6 weeks course: 30 000 – 60 000 € Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014
  22. 22. Discussion Yves.Epelboin@impmc.upmc.fr Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014
  23. 23. http://www.dunod.com/loisirs-scientifiques-techniques/ouvrages-generaux-dictionnaires/les-mooc Y. Epelboin Digital learning…, Atlanta 20-21 October 2014 Everything you need to know about MOOCs (in French) to be published in English

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