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Stuck at Home? How to Learn Outside the Classroom

French universities, research institutions and higher education stakeholders have been putting their content online for years. Take advantage of their offer now and dive into any topic you would like to educate yourself on.

College de France and its 21 Nobel Prize winners and 8 Fields medalists is France’s most prestigious research institution. It has a tradition of opening its virtual gates to the general public and offers enough online courses for you to stay at home until the end of 2020. Have Philippe Sansonetti, a leading French microbiologist, give you his perspective on Covid-19; listen to Bénédicte Savoy give a talk about “Armies and Museums” or Yann Lecun explain to you the meaning of “Deep Learning” for Artificial Intelligence (in English). Similarly, the Ecole Normale Supérieure, a world-class school, has assembled vast content on subjects such as cognitive sciences, Edward Hopper, women and sciences and big data.

You might also be interested in exploring the link between fiction and sciences. In that case, listen to the 7e science podcast by Perrine Quennesson, supported by Binge Audio and Sorbonne University.

Interested in continuing your studies? Have a look at Massive Open Online Courses. You can search platforms such as fun-mooc.fr or coursera. The French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has selected some very interesting examples. Bruno Fallisard, a professor at Paris-Saclay University and a researcher at INSERM is the president of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions ; he coordinated  a course on the Essentials of child and adolescent psychiatry with colleagues from all over the world (in English).

You want to improve your French. Here is a list of resources supporting learners of any age and giving valuable content to French professors.

The leading French EdTech Company, OpenClassrooms, has a long history and experience of teaching online in areas such as digital skills, soft skills and management. With the requirements of the job market in mind, they provide online classes combined with mentoring to students who cannot attend in-person classes. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic they also support higher education institutions transitioning online in the US, France and all other countries affected by the pandemic. OpenClassrooms offers the free use of monitoring and evaluation tools to teachers and tutors via their online platform.