By relying on the emblematic know-how of the CRI, its tools and its environment conducive to innovation, the Institut des Défis (IDD) is developing programs to outline the contours of the University of tomorrow and give it the means to meet the major challenges. in our time.

The Institut des Défis (IDD), a co-creation of the University of Paris & CRI

The Institut des Défis (IDD) was co-founded by the CRI and the University of Paris to initiate a transformation of the University of Paris in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The IDD is part of the Initiatives of Excellence (Idex University of Paris) supported by the State’s Program for Investments for the Future (PIA).

Emmanuelle Donnard, project manager for the Institut des Défis and the University of Paris, describes the role of the institute as follows: “ The objective of the IDD is to develop deliverables-actions to support the university towards greater sustainability. Actions are the programs that we deploy, “deliverables” because they are documented and therefore reproducible. ”The IDD develops and experiments with programs and digital tools aimed at university audiences: teachers, students and researchers at the University of Paris. These deliverables must eventually be implemented and deployed on a larger scale within the University of Paris.

Rely on the emblematic know-how of the CRI

“It is logical that the DLI is backed by the CRI.” Indeed, the team relies, in particular, on the methodologies proposed by the CRI for many years: a “ well-established ” dynamic of research, prototyping and development. ‘collective intelligence .

“The CRI is a pioneer institution in educational innovation. The Challenge Institute benefits from the environment and the energy of the CRI. Like him, it is a very lively metabolism, a place of questioning, adaptation, learning. It is a place of creativity, at the service of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is also for those who join us (teachers, researchers, project leaders…) a space of freedom to experiment and realize their ideas. ”

It is in this approach that the IDD created the U-lab, a researcher’s residence conceived as an artist’s residence where teacher-researchers come to prototype new teaching methods, through play, through challenge, through research, including participatory science.

The principle, which already exists at the CRI, is now integrated into the IDD. “ As the IDD is hosted at CRI, U-Lab teachers benefit from this environment. We provide the place but also the human resources necessary for the prototyping of these educational innovation projects. More than logistical support, we rely on the expertise, tools, especially digital (the collaborative platforms of Projects and WeLearn), and social engineering of the CRI to develop the programs. ”

The CRI expertise on which the IDD relies:

  • partner networks
  • monitoring and international reference ( #LearningPlanet, which promotes innovative commitments in education around the world)
  • know-how (research, prototyping, innovative pedagogy, creation of collaborative projects)
  • digital tools (WeLearn, Projects, Skills)

Transform the university to have an impact on the society of tomorrow

“The societal challenges are so complex that to meet them, it is necessary to develop interdisciplinary cooperation. It is only at this price that creative solutions can emerge.”

The university develops a scientific and cultural heritage through the production and dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of all. But the University also has a social responsibility: it has the value of demonstration and exemplarity. “The transformation of the university must serve as an example of a societal transformation.”

4 areas of work — The IDD has declined its transformation proposal through four main areas of work. These are deployed in around fifteen programs, which are aimed at all university stakeholders.

  • Axis 1 – digital
  • Axis 2 – pedagogy
  • Axis 3 – research and participatory sciences
  • Axis 4 – international

Some examples of current programs:

Challenge Lab

Program aimed at project leaders in continuing education. It currently supports 13 participants until their project is prototyped. Project leaders develop their creativity and commitment through collaborative design thinking methodologies or through exchanges of practices.

Example of a project under development:

– An educational course to train the population of the island of Groix in the preservation of their ecosystem, as well as the creation of workshops for children to make them aware of the protection of the biodiversity of the island.

Peer Supporters

Research program developed with SAPIENS which brings together pairs of teachers and researchers and students. These pairs wonder about a fundamental question in pedagogy: “how do we learn?”

These three programs, U-lab, Peer Supporters and Challenge Lab, although they are aimed at different audiences; teachers, researchers, civil society, meet regularly to discuss and share their experiences.

At the end of these experimental programs, students, researchers and teachers will return to university, to their own community of peers and, we hope, will spread to from them the practices and knowledge they will have developed within IDD programs.

Author: Ariane Baumard

(The French version of this article was originally appeared on

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