After looking at MOOCs, trying a few ones, reading so many articles about them and their revolution of the American higher education world, I was wondering about Europe / France… And yes, it’s coming here also!

End of 2012, an experience was made with ITyPA, “1st MOOC in French”: http://itypa.mooc.fr, “Internet, tout y est pour apprendre” (“t’outiller pour apprendre”), a kind of meta MOOC; feedbacks from users are gathered in https://sites.google.com/site/capitypa/

Although the Glossary states that there is no French translation for MOOC (“MOOC – Massive Open Online Course. Il n’y a pas de traduction française officielle.”), one of the authors, Christine Vaufrey, asks on the website Thot Cursus if 2013 will be the year of MOOCs in French. And gives a few references: a Swiss one in Coursera (from EPFL – école polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), a Belgian one (Pedago-TIC & l’Ecole numérique), a couple from Quebec (HEC Montréal), and … a French one (Ecole Centrale de Lille)!

On the platform side, she mentions that a European MOOC-platform is in preparation for Spring 2013: EDUNAO. And another one, Claroline Connect, is expected for September 2013.

On March 14th, 2013, during JNUM13 (Journee Numerique 2013), another of the ITyPA authors, Jean-Marie Gilliot seems to believe that some teaching needs to be open to keep existing, following the trend set by Internet as a dominant knowledge infrastructure. He mentions the concept of Open Education: I like that, I will add it to the Open Science and Open Innovation ones, they make a good triplet…