The French Ministry of Higher Education has announced the launch of France's new strategy for digital learning in higher education (France Université Numerique) which includes a massive open online course (MOOC) and blended learning portal.
Over 100 higher education institutions have signed on to participate in France’s new national portal for massive open online courses (MOOCs) and blended learning. The French Ministry of Higher Education has created the portal as part of the France Université Numerique initiative, which aims to increase access to high quality online learning opportunities in French. France’s MOOC portal will use the open-source edX technology to host its online courses. EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise that brings new methodologies and technologies to online and on-campus learning. The first twenty courses will start in January 2014. Geneviève Fioraso, French Minister for Higher Education and Research, said in her announcement of the initiative, “First of all, digital technology will be a tool for student success. By 2017, 100% of students should have access to high quality digital courses, at each step of their education, for all types of education.”
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