Stage 1: Induction period and European summer campus (Campus Européen d'été, C2e) (3 weeks in september)
Under the responsibility of the University of Poitiers.
Stage 1 takes place in Poitiers and all the students (M1 and m2) are expected to attend it. It includes six steps:
- resolution of all the relative questions to the installation of the students;
- assistance in settling in a technical meeting of reception and organization with all the students and all the coordinators. On this occasion, the students sign, with the consortium, the Euromime study Chart, based on a Student Handbook available in the three languages, which defines the rights and duties of the students and the consortium.
- attendance to an intensive one-week course in french;
- attendance of first-year students to oral defences of second year students;
- attendance to a summer session (European Summer Campus), also open to other European and international students of master, doctorate or post-doctorate level. The Summer school deals with a different topic every year which concerns issues of the interactions between the digital cultures of the young and educational cultures.
- the official ceremony of opening of the academic year of the master by the president of the University of Poitiers and the representatives of its counterparts from the other universities of the consortium.
Stage 2: Course of six-month period 1 (3 months, from October at December)
Stage 2 is managed by the University of Poitiers.
All the students of M1 gather in Poitiers and study partly with the students of the French master degree MIME (Master en Ingénierie des Médias pour l’Education). The lesson comprises courses, work ofgroups(projects) and personal work framed (technicalPractical works, memory). The framed courses and framed work proceed (except exceptions) Monday morning on Friday evening. The majority of the courses are given by the French staff with on campus or distance courses by the other staffs of the consortium and invited academics. The course is organized in two distinct periods.
From October to December, the students take part in five intensive courses which directly continue the preparatory period :
- Language classes are given in the three languages of the consortium per week and language according to the needs for each one. The objective is to reach a minimal level of B2 in the three languages after completing these courses in order to be able to study in a trilingual environment. Exemptions can be granted to the students according to their command of the languages. Thecourses articulate activities on campus and the use of on-line services already used during the preparatory period;
- A multi disciplinary course in computer science, video and multi-media technology gives the students the necessary knowledge to be able to interact with specialists and to make technological choices. This course combines both theory and practical work. It is given in French while resorting to English if necessary;
- A set of courses and practical work trains the students in the development and implementation of educational and training programs resorting to computer mediated environments. These courses are based both on theoretical teaching and case studies. They are given in the 3 languages of the consortium, on campus for French and partially on line for the two other languages.
This semester is dedicated to the first part of a TER ( research and study work). The students must meet the requirements of one of our industrial partners. The month is devoted to tasks ranging from analyzing the requirements to handing-over a book of detailed specifications. The students are in charge of the whole project with the help of the staff from Poitiers and to a lesser extent from Lisbon to ensure a transition with the second part of the TER which will be carried out in Lisbon.
At the beginning of October, a two hour research seminar is regularly organized (usually twice a month). It relies on the use of a Web conference platform which makes it available to students and lecturers wherever they are. The schedule of this seminar is designed by the TECHNE (TECHnologies Numériques pour l’Education) research team and includes 12 annual sessions.
The researchers in educational technologies from the seven universities of the consortium as well as other researchers in the field present their work. As far as possible, the seminar is open to the former students of the Master. All the sessions of the seminar are recorded and can be viewed on line.
Ahead of each of those seminars, keynote speakers send students selected relevant texts for reading. After the seminars, students are expected to write a report on the lecture which they will enter in their portfolios. The former two items are mandatory and will be graded as part of the assessment procedure.
Finally, by November, students will have chosen their research directions and will be allocated research tutors.
Stage 3: SEMIME (1 week, at the end of January)
Under the responsibility of the technological University of Lisbon.
All the students from 1st and 2nd year meet in Lisbon to take part in the research seminar on the digital gap organized by the UTL (international research seminar with reading committee). Second year students are invited to take part in the call for communications. This meeting is also the opportunity for a regulation session with all the members of the steering committee of the consortium.
Stage 4: second semester course 2 (3 months, from February to April)
The control of work of stage 4 is ensured by the technological University of Lisbon.
The six-month period of studies in Lisbon focuses on two objectives: training in research and continuation of the training of the students in project management for the development of educational resources. Research training consists in theoretical and methodological contributions brought mostly by the team of the UTL (Curriculum Theory and evaluation, Analysis of educational systems, research on education) with complements brought by the UNED (media training and learning styles) and by the UP (Digital cultures versus educational Cultures). Project management is carried on through the completion of the project initiated in the first semester. Members of the French staff will supervise the work to ensure the transition between the two parts of the project.
Students participate in the research seminar throughout the semester and start developing their own project of Master’s thesis.
Language courses are offered throughout the semester, at a rate of two hours per week and per language.
Stage 5: Industrial training course (2 months, from May to June)
Stage 5 is managed by the three European universities of the consortium and coordinated by the University of Poitiers.
The industrial training course is a training course in professional context carried out within a private company or of a public corporation. The training course must be the object of an obligatoryconvention between the university and the company or corporation. Without this convention, the training course cannot take place. The training course is defined by the professional setting but mostly by the mission entrusted to the student, for the benefit of the student’s training and the activity of the host company. The standard mission entrusted to the students is the management of a small scale project or assistance in project management under the supervision of a senior project manager. The industrial training courses take place in Europe, preferably in one of the three countries of the consortium. Students start looking for industrial training courses as soon as they arrive in Europe. They have access to a database designed by the former students of the three masters (several hundreds), they benefit from the assistance of the network of the former students of the three national masters, they have access to the database of the industrial partners of the consortium together with the offers of industrial training courses which reach us every year in numbers superior to the number of our students.
During the industrial training course a continuous follow-up is carried out by means of the portfolio that each student must implement every week both to think over his own training, and to facilitate communication with the tutors and the other students and to have the elements which will be taken into account for evaluation. An evaluation is also requested from the tutors by means of a reference frame of competencies and behaviour. It aims at evaluating the student and at informing the consortium on the evolution of what sort of competencies employers should expect from their juniors project managers.
Stage 6: Preparation of the projects of Master’s thesis (1 week, at the end of June)
Stage 6 is managed by the UNED in Madrid.
The week of preparation of the projects of Master’s thesis marks the end of a preparation period initiated at the very beginning of the first semester and nourished by the courses relating to research given in Lisbon and by confronting with real professional situations. Unless otherwise agreed, the subjects of the thesis must be relevant to the fields of research of the universities of the consortium.
The week consists in presenting and discussing the projects and tutored work to lead the students to write of abstract which must be accepted by the end of the week. As far as possible, representatives of the seven universities of the consortium participate in this week.
Stage 7: Congress of the UNED (1 week, at the beginning of July)
Stage 7 is managed by the UNED in Madrid.
Students take part in the congress of the UNED on : « las Tecnologías para la Educación y el Conocimiento ». This international congress presents the invaluable characteristic for the Euromime Master to welcome a very large number of participants from the majority of the countries in Latin America.