The 2020-2021 academic year: a unique model of an integrated dual campus
The shift to online teaching and learning in the spring of 2020 acted as an accelerator of pedagogical innovation. From the very first weeks of the initial lockdown, the Sciences Po Institute for Skills and Innovation set about designing the 2020-21 academic year around a dual campus concept (physical and digital campus) so that all teaching could, by default, be accessible online. Our objective: to offer each of our students an education and a student life that is as rich and as comprehensive as possible, regardless of their place of residence or the development of the COVID-19 health crisis.
In addition to transforming traditional face-to-face classes to online delivery using videoconferencing, thanks to newly equipped classrooms, the dual campus is harnessing new technologies to profoundly transform teaching methods. This involves linking the study of concepts ahead of class with robust online in-class interactions, diversifying modes of interactions and integrating creative approaches.
The dual campus also creates a new kind of student-life space which transcends geographical boundaries and allows all students to fully participate in collective and community projects.
The Institute for Skills and Innovation
Created in January 2020, the Institute for Skills and Innovation’s mission is to support teachers and training managers in transforming their teaching. It puts the methods, tools and capabilities of educational engineering and digital technology at their service. Its role is also to strengthen the clarity and the appropriation of the skills that students acquire during their time at Sciences Po.
The Institute is composed of academic teams, educational engineers and specialists in the digital, cartography and audiovisual fields. It is a place for production and sharing of practices and experiences between representatives of different curricula and disciplines. The future campus located at 1, place Saint-Thomas, will offer a space dedicated to these exchanges.