Investments for the Future Program (PIA) 3: the HYBRID IT project led by the Université de Lyon receives one million euros in funding

On The August 28, 2020

The HYBRID IT project was created as part of the PIA 3 (Programme investissements d’avenir 3) call for “Higher Education Training Hybridization” projects. The State has awarded one million euros in funding to launch the project.

The call for “Higher Education Training Hybridization” projects was launched in response to challenges brought about by the coronavirus crisis and in preparation for the start of the academic year in September 2020. It aimed to enable higher education institutions to continue operating and their students to continue their studies, no matter how the pandemic unfolds.

The hybridized training programs put forward by the institutions mainly focus on cross-cutting courses such as the teaching of languages, experimental sciences and digital culture. By endeavoring to develop the hybridization of these courses, the partners working together on this project will have an impact on 28,000 students in the short term, and all projects can be more widely implemented.

HYBRIT IT, the project led by the Université de Lyon

HYBRID IT is part of a coordinated approach taken across the Lyon – Saint-Étienne site between the four universities: Université Jean Monnet, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Université Lumière Lyon 2 and Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3. HYBRID IT will take an approach that focuses on teaching in order to meet the institutions’ cross-cutting goals. These goals are synergistic. By carrying out and sharing a dozen hybridized training programs, the institutions will be able to create, outline and then distribute teaching content, hybridization measures and best hybridization practice. Besides creating teaching content, the cross-cutting goals are:
  • To improve the quality of training programs and thereby increase the success rates of undergraduate students (this is the aim of the projects, and particular students will be considered);
  • To prepare and train professors in how to transform teaching where appropriate;
  • To address the exclusion and disengagement of students working remotely (whether or not this is due to crises such as the pandemic we have faced recently);
  • To purchase new equipment for professors and students;
  • To build relationships with businesses in the EdTech sector to develop solutions together that are adapted to the institutions’ technical and financial needs.
The pooling of experiences will fuel discussions on hybridized training models (budgets, intellectual property, organization, material resources, etc.). The HYBRID IT project is a continuation of action taken in partnership with the Métropole de Lyon. The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region supports the approach taken in light of its focus on pedagogical innovation.

The professional association EdTech Lyon is providing its expertise and network of EdTech businesses to support the project.