E-learning / Mooc

In light of the increasing role of the digital technology in education, the Institut Pasteur is actively involved in the development of online teaching, and in particular in the production MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).


MOOCs answer multiple objectives and can address students who follow an academic path (teaching unit of Master's programs or graduate schools for instance) or the broader public, in the framework of popular science MOOCs.

MOOCs of the Institut Pasteur are currently recorded in the studios of CNAM and distributed on the French platform,FUN (France Université Numérique). The Institut Pasteur explores other types of formats and partners in order to diversify its MOOC offering.

The Institut Pasteur has already developed several MOOCs and reached between 3 300 and 4 600 learners according to the MOOCs, with a significant share abroad.

The Institut Pasteur has created the following Moocs:

Several MOOCs are under construction and should be available soon:

• Microbes and brain MOOC, co-led by Ivo Gomperts-Boneca (Biology and Genetics of the bacterial wall Unit) and Grégoire Chevalier (Unit Microenvironment and Immunity)

• the Advances in stem cell biology MOOC, co-led by Shahragim Tajbakhsh (Stem cells and development Unit) and François Schweisguth (Drosophila development Genetics Unit)

Moreover two MOOCs were conducted in collaboration with the University of Geneva:

• the In the footsteps of Zika... approaching the unknown MOOC, available on the American platform Coursera since summer 2016. Several sessions of this MOOC, co-organized by the University of Geneva, Institut Pasteur, Paris Descartes University and Virchow-Center Villermé, were filmed at the International Zika summit, held at the Institut Pasteur in April 2016

• The Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface MOOC, also in collaboration with the University of Geneva, features interviews conducted on the campus of the Institut Pasteur and sequences shot in the field with teams from the Institut Pasteur Network (Hong Kong, Phnom Penh, Tunis). This MOOC will be offered “on-demand” on Coursera in Spring 2017

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