ANA, a university orientation platform designed for Limoges students

Students visiting this online platform of the University of Limoges meet ANA, the artificial intelligence that creates the program they are stuck with. To bring it back to reality, ANA will present the university world to high school students through various meetings. “Only correct answers to the final quiz will allow them to escape,” according to the site’s summary.

Rather, this project is not a complete artificial intelligence, but rather a “serious game”, serious game in French. In a style that wants to be “futuristic and gamer”, the platform is aimed at high school and freshmen. It allows you to explore the campus and its new routes interactively.

Participating students

The project, which took almost two years to develop its current version, has the feature of direct involvement of students. “For the design, we conducted co-design sessions with high school students, as well as surveys with students to find out what thematic universe they wanted to project themselves into,” says Sandrine Karam, head of the university’s Medialab. He adds that “all the scenarios are staged and written by the students, and we’ve built our content around the questions they ask themselves most often through surveys to guide success. Professional integration of the Training University. Center”.

Together, support managers, stakeholders as well as external service providers were also involved in the scenarios and the technical aspect of the platform.

Samira Karam adds that “for the future, we would like to develop the project in virtual reality and augmented reality”.

New courses and systems arising from the ORE Act

Therefore, the ANA platform makes it possible to present the university’s residential areas, as well as new courses and training systems on campus. These are part of a broader university practice resulting from the Student Plan and ORE (orientation and success of female students) law, a draft Form’ul adopted on March 8, 2018. This 10-year state-funded project aims to increase the success rate of undergraduate students to 60%, compared to the current 42% at the Limoges faculty.

For this, license courses can now be adapted (with “progressive”, “academic” or “excellence” courses over 4, 3 or two and a half years, respectively), while training courses gradually become skills blocks. , and the accompaniment wants to be strengthened. The platform also presents the “springboard sector, this is what we say at Parcours Sup, ‘yes, if’. These are accepted students but need additional support. They are tested to see if they will be able to continue in the competition sector”, communication of the University of Limoges adds Thomas Bauer, vice president for Parcours Sup.

As Hugo Melchior, a PhD student in modern history, recalled in The Conversation, the ORE law from which this new device emerged was subject to some criticism from the academic world. This reform consecrates the reconsideration of the cause that justifies the University in their eyes, and is thus seen as a decisive step in the process of neoliberal restructuring of the university system since the beginning of the 2000s, so that the French University is more competitive and competitive.

Lucas Sadowsky

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