Colin de la Higuera has become the UNESCO Chair in technologies for the training of teachers by Open Educational Resources (OER). The goal of the Chair is to support and extend a running French project whose goal is to train hundreds of thousands of teachers and education professionals to code and computational thinking.
This operation Class’Code is based on 4 pillars which are:
- Code as access point to science and technology
- Territorial equity
- Gender balance, and
- Reinforcement of the pedagogical territories.
To build these pillars, the Chair relies strongly on OERs, support from the scientific and industrial communities, and research. The Chair will also work towards sustaining this project, extend it to other countries (and especially those from the francophone world), towards close fields such as those composing the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
The Chair is building upon a partnership between the University of Nantes, INRIA, the Societe informatique de France and the Knowledge for All Foundation and will rely on the help of private companies interested in funding the chair’s activities.