4th Conference AUPTIC·Éducation


From the 11th to the 13th of Novemeber, 2020, the 4th International Conference AUPTIC·Éducation will take place online.

"Digital Technologies for Teaching and Learning"

The Association for the Pedagogical Use of Information and Communication Technologies (AUPTIC·Éducation) organises its 4th international conference to bring together researchers, practitioners, and public authorities interested in the support that digital technologies can offer to pedagogy and learning. The goal of this 4th international conference is to promote reflections on the way in which teachers and students use digital technologies and the effectiveness of these tools for learning.

Aligned with the objectives of the AUPTIC·Éducation Conference, several memebers of the MOOCresearch2.0 project will present sessions portraying the role that digital technologies, specially MOOCs, play in:


1. The effectiveness of Distance Learning.

Prof. Dr. Mariane Frenay, GIRSEF.

In current times, we have seen the need to switch our "pedagogical and study routines" to face the challenges that Covid-19 has brought to us. This shift to new conditions of teaching and learning has made us question the effectiveness of the pedagogical design of hybrid or distance learning devices (e.g: MOOCs). Inspired by socio-constructivist theories, this plenary session addresses the contributions and limitations of current devices to support instructors and learners in online environments.


2. The interactions of learners and instructors.

Dr. Jan Zienkowski and Prof. Dr. François Lambotte.

Online interactions are both made possible and constrained by the discursive and material reality of the devices in which they are embedded, as well as by the way these devices are configured and used. This presentation examines how MOOCs -as devices- could preconfigure and shape the possible interactions of the learners on MOOC discussion forums.


3. The teaching and learning of Essentially Contested Concepts.

Dennis A. Rivera, Pauline de Montpellier, Prof. Dr. Valérie Swaen, and Prof. Dr. Mariane Frenay.

Essentially Contested Concepts (ECCs) are concepts that do not have a unique definition and cause a cognitive imbalance in the learners when they discuss the meaning of these concepts. This cognitive imbalance can be beneficial for learning because it allows learners to reconstruct their knowledge. However, the discussion of an ECC can only lead to the reconstruction of knowledge if the discussion is guided by a teacher. This presentation analyses how the instructional design of MOOC forums can help learners discuss ECCs and reconstruct learning.


Do not forget to join us and learn from all speakers and contribute to shaping the future of education. For further details, please contact the AUPTIC·Éducation organisation committee.

Published on November 10, 2020