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Digial accessibility and standardization

Digital accessibility is a concept encompassing a large set of aspects including disability. Accessibility covers in facts other aspects like multilingual and multicultural facets as well as nomadicity in terms of access constraints to remote information. Physical accessibility of disabled people to digital resources is becoming a core question when it affects communication capacities using computer interfaces and multimedia resources. For this respect, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 produced by W3C provide a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible.

Suzuki teaching method: old but still effective!

The teaching method developed by Shinichi Suzuki is based on learning music according to the same concepts as learning the "mother tongue". His pedagogy has developed into an international movement that has contributed to the evolution of the theories on the education of children.

2017: Artificial Intelligence on the Hype !

Cyborg and AI, the programmed fusion between man and machine. The imagination of science fiction has given a certain image of what we call "cyborg", as well as machines with a very advanced "intelligence", even surpassing the human being. These two domains tend to approach, inexorably, between the "mechanization" of man and the "humanization" of machines, both physically and in the "mind".

Are Moocs innovative per se?

In the history of science and techniques, the rules of innovation are very rarely defined on basis of the tools nature or ingenuity. Instead, Human is at the center of any process of technical evolution. Guided by an instinctive need for survival or a constraint of use, he invents instruments and adapts them for practical purposes. Like any other technical or pedagogical device, MOOCs are tools representing a new evolution form in the transmission modes of knowledge.

Teaching codes at school: upraising skill level for digital natives

Learning computer code at school is another challenge for digital natives. The subject is a key issue in the ongoing debates about introducing digital sciences in basic schools curricula in many European countries.

Bruce E. Peoples, defending his PhD work : Center of gravity standards analysis in multiple contexts

On Friday April 8th, 2016, Mr. Bruce E. Peoples has defended his PhD dissertation at Paris 8 university. His work obtained the mention “very honorable distinction with unanimous congratulations from the jury (Très honorable avec félicitations du jury). The least we can say about his dissertation is that it is an original and innovative contribution to researchers and standards experts working in the field of e-Learning and ITLET standards (Information Technologies for Learning, Education and Training).

Vocabulary standardization and semantic interoperability in education

The semantic content is an essential constituent of the models of innovative teaching methods. It is gradually built on the basis of normative efforts of various actors in the areas of the technological industry, telecommunications, information technology, language engineering, science information and documentation etc. Semantic networking represents actually an advanced step of a long process of digital information analysis since computer coding to semantic tagging and data retrieving.

Normetic 2.0: a reference framework to migrate from LOM to MLR

In November 2015, a new version of the Canadian Normetic 2.0 application profile for educational metadata has just been published by the "Groupe de travail québécois sur les normes et standards en TI pour l’apprentissage, l’éducation et la formation" (GTN- Quebec).

French educational resources: portals and referencing models

In august 2015, the Agency of French speaking Universities (AUF), has ordered an exploratory study with the perspective to implement a francophonic educational resources portal. This project was recommended by more than 30 Ministers of Higher education in French speaking countries who met in Paris on 4th June 2015 to discuss the potentials of applying a new work strategy to develop the francophonic digital academic space.

Comments on the Digital Humanities Institute Events, Beirut, 2-7 March 2015

I was invited by Dr. David Wrisley to attend the DH Institute workshops and the first ThatCamp in the Arab world held at the American University of Beirut from 2 to 7 March 2015. It was a great moment for me not only because I could perceive the level of awareness that DH attained in the Middle-East, but mainly for the dynamics that this event is supposed to generate regionally.