To foster the participation of Switzerland to the emerging information society and the development of e-Learning expertise among the Swiss educational actors, the Swiss government has adopted a 50 millions CHF program financing the development of 50 e-learning courses. Between the years 2001 and 2004, a mandate was given to the University of Geneva to evaluate and support innovative pedagogical practices in their French speaking e-Learning projects. After a short presentation of the context and methodology that were used by the IntersTICES group, we will present a systemic model that was use to foster reflexive practice on the pedagogical added value of e-Learning and their conditions-constraints of efficiency when integrated in a e-Learning course. This generic model of innovation support proposes a systemic and multidimensional approach placing the actors’ culture at the centre of the e-Learning pedagogical efficiency.
Jacques Viens has been professor of educational technology at the University of Montreal since 1984. In 2001, he was appointed to the Tecfa unit of the University of Geneva to run a mandate for the Swiss Virtual Campus. The mandate goal was to evaluate and support innovative pedagogy in e-learning prejects lead by french speaking universities. His current research interests are the adoption of innovative and pedagogically rich uses of technologies in education, supporting faculties in the development and implementation of e-Learning, training preservice teachers to use ICT and web accessibility for learners with cognitive difficulties. He is also the Director of the Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche sur les technologies d’apprentissage, which gathers together 35 researchers and 43 associated researchers distributed among Quebec universities.