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11 February 2016

The success of French MOOCs

France Stratégie recently published a report entitled 'What is the best strategy for developing MOOCs?'. The report highlights the efforts France has made and identifies a number of avenues of reflection for further improving this service, by taking action at European level in particular.
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Thierry Mandon commends the analysis on the part of France Stratégie in its recent report entitled What is the best strategy for developing MOOCs?.
 
France Stratégie, a research and consultation body operating under the direct authority of the Prime Minister, highlights the efforts France has made with regard to Massive Open Online Courses. Indeed, the Ministry of Higher Education has strongly supported progress towards the digitisation of knowledge. These efforts and this continual commitment have paid dividends, firstly through the creation, in 2013, of FUN - France Université Numérique ('French Digital University'), which now hosts over 140 online courses delivered to 560,000 subscribers. This success puts France on an equal footing with its main European partners and bears testimony to its commitment to educational innovation that the digital sector promotes.
 
The study does, however, suggest a number of avenues of reflection for further improving this service, by taking action at European level in particular. Aware of what the digital transformation could do in terms of knowledge, the Secretary of State is committed to acting within the framework of the Bologna Process, of which France will be chairing the Secretariat for the next three years. Developing MOOCs will make knowledge even more accessible, and Thierry Mandon is particularly aware of the values of the universality of knowledge and access to knowledge for all. These are French values, embodied in its university higher education system, which is why the National Higher Education Strategy has put the digital transformation at the heart of its proposals.