Digital Education

Updated on 28/07/2021

Inria is convinced that digital technology, and in particular artificial intelligence, cognitive modeling, and interfaces, can provide effective and useful tools for learners and teachers, but also help to meet the major challenges of education (equal opportunities, digital divide, social and economic issues, etc.). Our research teams are working to develop digital education that is as fair as it is modern.

Computer science is at the same time a science, a technology, an industry and now a culture because it is shaking up the society that has become digital. But this revolution also represents new challenges for research.

To meet these challenges, Inria, as a public research institute in digital science and technology, has set itself the dual ambition of supporting public policies for digital training and strengthening its research and innovation activity in close liaison with the education sciences.

These are objectives that the institute hopes to achieve by participating in the implementation of teaching, particularly in the training of secondary and primary school teachers, a national priority if ever there was one. The creation of multidisciplinary research teams is also encouraged in order to co-create together (and not one after the other) new computer tools and new related pedagogical approaches, which are digitally assisted ("computer-aided education").

For example, such research teams can help model the learner in order to acquire the means to better understand human learning; the ambition is to establish the computational principles of human learning, within a domain that can be called "computational cognitive modelling".