Soon opening of a French-speaking MOOC portal

Make no mistake, despite its name, the new OpenClassrooms site will be, from September 18, the first French-speaking “e-Education platform”. It will offer MOOCs, free courses open to all, mainly in computer science and science.

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Make no mistake, despite its name (ah these French!), The new OpenClassrooms site will be, from September 18, the first French-speaking “e-Education platform”. It will offer MOOCs, free courses open to all, mainly in computer science and science.

OpenClassrooms, this is the new name that the Zero site, a space where we offer hundreds of tutorials mainly in computer science (programming languages, computer assembly, etc.) and in science. The creators also wish to develop the theme of entrepreneurship.

OpenClassrooms classes will be associated with additional resources to promote progression: explanatory videos, interactive exercises, discussion sessions with the teacher, but also with other students to allow everyone to learn with the support and help from others. The creators also want to develop partnerships with schools and universities so that each learner has the opportunity to validate their knowledge by passing a certification at the end of these courses.

With OpenClassrooms, each member is both a student and a teacher, he can share his knowledge with the community, ”one said in a press release. " This name change is part of the evolution of our site which is accelerating its development and provides for strong partnerships with higher education establishments wishing to share their courses on the Internet. These are known as MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses », Explains Pierre Dubuc, co-founder of OpenClassrooms. Moreover, under its previous name (Site du Zéro), the project was imagined in the 1990s by Mathieu Nebra, when he was only 13 years old. This computer enthusiast found that specialized books are not always accessible to beginners. In 1999, he started writing simplified courses, allowing anyone to learn computer science. Since then, his personal project has brought together many teachers and students around free courses, open and accessible to all.

In January 2011, the young company benefited from investments from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the French Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry.

We can bet that even our students on this side of the Atlantic will find something to support and further their interest in the topics covered in these courses. A great success to be expected, to watch from September 18 at the address

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Audrey Miller
Audrey Miller
General manager of École branchée, Audrey holds a graduate degree in educational technologies and a bachelor's degree in public communication. Member of the Order of Excellence in Education of Quebec, she is particularly interested in the professional development of teachers, information in the digital age and media education, while actively creating bridges between the actors of the educational ecosystem since 1999. She is involved these days in particular in Edteq Association and as a member of the ACELF Communications Committee. When she has free time, she is passionate about her children, his rabbits, horses, good wine and... Web programming!

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