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

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It is a particularly ambitious project that Audran Le Baron, director of digital for education at the Ministry of National Education, presented on May 19 in Strasbourg. He spoke with recorded video during the national Moodle seminar (Moodle is an online learning platform – see Wikipedia -, under the free GNU GPL license, integrated into the inter-ministerial base of free software since 2020). He presented his administration’s work in progress regarding free software for the container and shared knowledge about the content.

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

In the excerpt below about the Eléa project (an e-education platform originally created by the Academy of Versailles), he says:

“We are building a digital commons in the purest sense of the word. I say that because the term “digital commons” is sometimes overused. It’s not there at all. We are building a platform based on free software to which we will contribute by sending back the source code with the Moodle community every time we evolve it. And this platform will be made available to the whole multitude of teachers, who can create, share, share their courses with free access, reuse for free with free licenses where every teacher will be able to come and collect content, reclaim, modify, improve and pass it on to the whole community.

But if I had a dream, it would be in five years, to have built in five years, the Wikipedia of teaching resources for French programs, where any teacher can reuse, improve, donate to the community the content of others . This is the definition of a digital commons. This is the dream. That is the goal that 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 has been transcribed on Libre à lire (a – very useful – April site). In particular, it specifies:

“The need, for me, to build an offering around Moodle that is national. As you know, it is not enough to use a Moodle engine to enable full interoperability of all content, to share this content between teachers, in the four corners of the area, at any time, or to ensure sustainability , continuity throughout a professor’s career in access to these resources because a professor transfers, can go from one academy to another, suddenly changes platform. So as long as we don’t have a unifying national tool, we’re going to have breaks at the same time geographically, temporally or in terms of interoperability.

This is exactly the raison d’être of the IAM program that started just before the crisis, in 2019, and which for me had two main goals:

• forming a community of Moodle actors on the one hand, forming this community in order to bring all actors into synergy and, in short, to enable a democratization of the use of Moodle;

• the second objective is to pool the resources produced by the teachers and to converge all technological solutions based on Moodle.”

For the Director of Digital for Education:

“Third message I wanted to convey to you, the absolute necessity that we should build together the trajectory of generalization, implementation, national scaling of the Éléa project whose DNA is the user experience; it’s something I care about a lot.

The opening of Éléa will, of course, be gradual, in a coordinated manner, academic region by academic region. We will have to put together a convergence strategy that will be based on your expertise and this is where we will need the expertise of all of you during this seminar, covering technical topics and topics of organizational order.

In particular, the list of plugins and the interoperability formats to be able to include external content, support for users – first of all, teachers are mentioned.


The full video of Audran Le Baron’s speech

his transcription

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