In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, the students and teachers of the Pole Leonard de Vinci are continuing their second-semester classes, in an online format. Soon after lockdown measures were introduced, EMLV transitioned to a remote learning environment.
The 6,500 students of the three schools, EMLV, ESILV, and IIM already had access to remote learning tools, starting the very first day of school closure. The digital pedagogy has been in place for several years.
“Since 2018, the Pole’s Leonard de Vinci schools have had a Digital Pedagogy Department, which has carried out major work of deploying digital tools and a new LMS (Learning Management System) for all teachers. The strike action that hit France at the end of 2019 was a full-scale test of distant learning programs and has provided significant feedback on ways of handling the current crisis.”, says Sébastien Tran, Deputy Managing Director at the Pole Leonard de Vinci and Dean of EMLV, in an interview with L’Usine Digitale.
Digital pedagogy employed in support to remote learning
It’s been several years since digital pedagogy has been implemented at EMLV, therefore enabling classes to continue.
This comprehensive e-learning system has been developed with the support of a team of dedicated staff trained to use the methods of virtual instruction and provide innovative tools, such as a video studio that has been used by teachers to record their video lessons.p
The faculty has been trained to provide virtual classes via a range of digital teaching tools, including the following:
- Devinci Online, a Brightspace learning management system that regroups all the training modules given to students.
- Zoom, videoconferencing tool deployed across all the Pole to provide online courses
- Teams, collaborative tool for teamwork
- Yammer, Pole’s de Vinci internal social network, used for administrative and pedagogical follow-up of students and to enhance virtual interactions between teachers, staff, and students.
- The full Microsoft Office suite online: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, One Drive available for free to the Pole’s students.
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1- A @EMLVparis, nous avons testé, puis utilisé de plus en plus depuis 2 ans des alternances de cours en ligne et de cours en salle, par exemple pour remplacer les cours en amphi par du "Online", et se concentrer en salle sur des travaux interactifs…
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The Pole’s Covid-19 crisis plan: daily team meetings and remote management
During this period of closure, the Pole’s administrative and educational staff have had no respite. Staff is working remotely so that all the events that mark the school year can be planned and organized.
The follow-up and the continuity of the activities at the Pole Leonard de Vinci are made possible by teleworking, using collaborative and videoconferencing tools.
Admission and enrolment activities are also ongoing, with a remote admissions format, including interviews and webinars in place of the usual “open days” events.