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Thursday, June 23 • 13:45 - 14:45
PK07.11d - Teaching project management while boosting students’ involvement and creativity: The example of a medium-size French university.

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Historically, higher education in France has always been very discipline-centered with an early specialization. Therefore French students hardly ever have the opportunity to develop skills in fields that are far from their discipline, especially in the sciences which are focused on the acquisition of highly specific knowledge and competences. Yet France’s competence framework for the diplomas of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees issued in January 2015 insists on the necessity to develop the professional, transversal, and linguistic skills of French students. To satisfy the demands of the French Ministry of Research and Higher Education, the faculty of sciences of the University of Poitiers decided to set up a training program in Project management for its third year students. The choice was deliberately made to avoid the formal top-down format of traditional lectures followed by tutorial classes which is still the rule in the French educational system. Another paradigm that had to be taken into account is the French national context of a monolingual country whose students are being faced with the necessity to master the English language. That’s why students are now asked to manage a project over their third year, usually in groups of three to six students, and to present it orally at the end of the year. The idea was to set-up a socio-constructivist approach to teaching and learning based on the use of an online training platform explaining the basics of project management, students being assisted throughout the year by a tutor for the actual management of their own projects, and by an English-speaking coach for the final presentation. After three years of experimenting this new approach, we will analyze its benefits for our students as well as the improvements that could be implemented in the future years.





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Isabelle Lucet

University of Poitiers, France
Isabelle Lucet qualified as an English teacher and specialized in teaching English to science university students twenty years ago. She first graduated in English studies and later in Education sciences and has always been interested in innovative teaching methods. She currently heads... Read More →
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James Robert

James Robert spent more than ten years teaching secondary school pupils. He has developed skills in career management and now teaches at university level and has specialized in the promotion of students’ employability. He co-heads the Languages and career services of the faculty... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 13:45 - 14:45
UCC 67

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