Digital technology poses serious challenges in terms of organization and educational innovation. Coordination and cooperation on projects such as software or infrastructure development have to meet with the high expectations of different audiences.
Therefore, the UPL Community’s digital policy is organized into 3 main categories: to develop digital technology for end-users, to coordinate universities’ information systems more closely, and to develop digital research tools.
Digital technology for end-users
The UPL Community brings together assets that bridge the boundaries between the Humanities and digital technology, such as the innovative educational tool “IDEFI CréaTIC” of Université Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis in collaboration with Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. With €5.2 million, this program reinforces the UPL Community’s digital dynamic in order to support, promote, and coordinate the production of digital resources (such as online courses) for both universities’ teaching teams.
Developed by Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, the Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) is one of the most attractive online courses, with 6000 subscribers in January 2014. A centre for pedagogical innovation will coordinate the different actions in that field.
The UPL Community intends to promote professional integration with the creation of custom-adapted digital schemes. Offering large bank of documentation and cultural assets thanks to the contributions of its associate members, the UPL Community intends to improve the accessibility of these resources for students through digital tools.
Bring universities’ information systems closer together using new technology
This initiative is key to improving management efficiency. It will be based on a study of the application process, making procedures paperless, and pooling of resources for student inquiries. This last measure will lead to the creation of an Observatory of Student Life common to both universities.
Develop digital research tools
The UPL’s scientific community will benefit from new digital devices that will add structure and bring value to university studies.
The documentation services will not only be closer together, but the visibility of scientific outcomes will be also improved by the implementation of a shared software package for the referencing of academic works. Thanks to the implementation of a space for collaborative activities, researchers will be able to share ideas and documents and collaborate on projects.