In National Education, the project of a “Wikipedia on educational resources”

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This is an even more ambitious project presented by Audran Le Baron, director of digital for education at the Ministry of National Education, on May 19 in Strasbourg. He spoke via recorded video, at the national seminar on Moodle (Moodle is an online learning platform -see Wikipedia -, under the free GNU GPL license, integrated from 2020 into an interterministerial basis in free software). He presented the work going on in his administration, related to free software for the container and shared knowledge about the container.

“A digital commons in the purest sense of the term”

In the quote tweeted below, about the Eléa project (e-education platform first set up by Versailles Academy), he said:

“We are in the process of building a digital commons in the purest sense of the term. I say that because the term ‘digital commons’ can sometimes be overused. There really isn’t. We’re building a platform based on free. software which we will contribute by going back to the source code every time we make it develop with the Moodle community.And this platform will be available to the whole host of educators, who will be able to create their courses, share it, share it with free access, free reuse with free licenses placed where every teacher can go and collect.content, retrieve it, edit it, improve it and pass it on to the whole community .

But if I had a dream, it would be to build in five years, to build in five years, Wikipedia on educational resources for French programs, where each teacher can reuse the content of others, fix it, donate it to the community. This is the definition of a digital commons. This is the dream. This is the goal we can set together. ” [NB : ces deux dernières phrases ne sont pas dans l’extrait, mais dans la transcription intégrale]

Interoperability and pooling

Audran Le Baron’s entire speech was transcribed on Libre à lire (a – very useful – April site). It specifies in particular:

“The need, for me, to make an offering around Moodle is at the national level. As you know, it is not enough to use a Moodle engine to allow full interoperability of all that content, to allow the sharing of this content between teachers, in the four corners of the territory, at any time, or to allow continuity, to maintain throughout a professor’s career access to these resources because a professor transfer, can go from one academy to another, suddenly on the platform.So until we have a unified national tool, well, we have breaks at the same time geographical, temporal or in terms of interoperability.

This is the exact raison d’être of the IAM program launched before the crisis, in 2019, and which has, for me, two main purposes:

• in part to form a community of Moodle actors, to form this community to put all actors in synergy and to allow, at best, a democratization of the use of Moodle;

• the second goal is to pool the resources created by the teachers and integrate all the technological solutions based on Moodle. ”

For the Director of Digital for Education:

“The third message I want to convey to you, is the absolute need that we must simultaneously build the trajectory of generalization, deployment, national scale-up of the Éléa project whose DNA is the user experience; it’s something I take great care of.

The opening of Éléa will obviously be done in a gradual, collaborative way, academically within the academic region. We need to build a integration strategy based on your expertise and here we need the expertise of all of you in this seminar, with technical topics and organizational organization topics.

Mentioned is the specific list of plugins and interoperability formats to enable access to external content, support for users – first and foremost teachers.


The full video of Audran Le Baron’s speech

His transcript

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