The Virtual Center for Innovative Pedagogy (VCIP)

The Virtual Center for Innovative Pedagogy (VCIP)

VCIP Director: Eric Guerci     

The mission of the Virtual Center for Innovative Pedagogy (VCIP) is to develop initiatives of excellence in innovative pedagogies at UCA and for and by its member establishments, and to bring the  support and accompaniment necessary to their fruition, on the basis of tools, pedagogy, the means of learning and networks for the parties involved. It is a ressource center for accompanying the transformation of Education. 



Different themes are at the heart of the VCIP:

  1.  Digital development. Indeed, digital technologies are indispensable today in teaching, in docimology, in flipped classrooms, but also in active learning approaches such as serious games and in general experimental and immersive simulations. These approaches allow the adoption of hybrid learning which results in a combination of online training sequences (e-learning) and traditional in-class curricula. The use of digital tools gives the student the opportunity to have, to a certain extent, control of his/her time, place of study, means and speed. The VCIP is engaged in UCA's teaching policy. It is equally engaged                       in the creation of the IDEX program. A team is notably dedicated to Moocs and Spocs.                
  2. The establishment of learning analytics. To accompany the transition toward more individual and more relevant learning pathways for the student, it is necessary to set up learning analytics. Measurement, collecting, analyzing data from the students and teachers allows for the production of data and reports which make it possible to:                               

    •  individually develop a personal analysis of one's own learning in relation to other students.              

    • anticipate and predict which students may need extra support and attention.          

    • help teachers progress in their courses to improve decision making of institutional administrators on questions such as marketing and recruitment or questions of efficiency.                           
  3. Develop pedagogical innovation since the pedagogical transformation is not limited to the digital context. The VCIP supports ideas concerning approaches to programs and competencies but also concerning active and differenciated instruction approaches such as problem based, experimental and contextual learning. Stimulating the students to be proactive and engaged is in fact one of the keys to success in the transformation. Concretely, the VCIP proposes occasions for thought and training for the teaching staff of the UCA members and invests in the training of pedagogical engineers mastering these approaches in order to best accompany the creation of innovative training.