Digital Education

Faced with technological developments such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, algorithms, the Internet of Things, robots, platforms, cybersecurity, etc., digital education has become a major challenge for our society. Educational initiatives are emerging today in a variety of directions, affecting all age groups, in both formal and informal educational settings.



In French-speaking Belgium, education initiatives are part of an evolution in education that seeks to integrate a digital culture in order to, in particular, prepare students for the ``digital world'' that surrounds them and in which digital technology is expected to play an increasing role. In order to encourage and support these initiatives, impulse funding is increasingly aimed at equipping schools and extracurricular educational institutions that are aware of the importance of digital education. The political stakes are social, societal and economical, with the prospects for digital deployment affecting all sectors of society (education, media, health, industry, administration, etc.).

However, the issues and areas related to digital education go far beyond the computer equipment in schools. What do ``digital'' and ``digital literacy'' mean? What are their aims? What are the issues related to digital technologies? What subjects should be taught at school and how should they be approached? How can education take advantage of a digital media environment to give a digital education?

The Digital Education Chair addresses these questions by moving closer the disciplines traditionally dedicated to education and digital technology. In particular, it seeks to cross-fertilize concepts, competency frameworks, and approaches to computer literacy, digital media literacy, and digitally supported education. Through different projects, its objective is to develop conceptual frameworks and methodologies that support the design of educational activities that use digital technologies and media.


Key publications

  • Collard, A.-S., Grandjean, N., Haineaux, E., & Henry, J. (2020). Gender in digital education. The evolution of digital and technological issues of media education today and how they are influenced by gender issues. Study day Betternet Lab: Moving away from sluts \& macho's online, Brussels, 23th January 2020.
  • Collard, A.-S., Henry, J., Hernalesteen, A., & Frenay, B. (2020). Chaire de recherche Educ0Num : Approche interdisciplinaire de l'éducation à l'intelligence artificielle. In Dossier IA & Éducation, Association française pour l'intelligence artificielle (AfIA), Bulletin n° 108, June 2020.
  • Collard, A.-S., & Jacques, J. (2017). Enseigner la robotique pour développer les compétences critiques des apprenants, présenté au 4ème Colloque international en éducation, Montréal, 18- 19/05/17.
  • Delforge, C., Meurice, A., & Van de Vyver, J. (2019). Le numérique en classe en 2 temps 3 mouvements -- Evaluation d'un scénario de formation continuée, in : Alsic. Apprentissage des Langues et Systèmes d'Information et de Communication, Vol. 22, n° 1, Article Vol. 22, n° 1.
  • Dumas, B., Frenay, B., Henry, J., Smal, A., Collard, A.-S., & Hernalesteen, A. (2018). AI in a Nutshell: Three Hands-on Activities for Teenagers, presented at ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) Conference, Trondheim, Norway, 19-22/06/18.
  • Henry, J., Boraita, F., & A.-S. Collard (2020). Developing a Critical Robot Literacy for Young People from Conceptual Metaphors Analysis. Proceedings of Frontiers in Education 2020, Uppsala (Sweden), 21-24th, October 2020.
  • Henry, J., & Boraita, F. (2020). L'informatique expliquée aux enseignants, Editions Politeia, Bruxelles (to appear).
  • Henry, J., & Dumas, B. (2018). Perceptions of computer science among children after a hands-on activity: A pilot study. In 2018 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON) (pp. 1811-1817). IEEE.
  • Henry J., & Dumas, B. (2019). Towards the Identification of Profiles based on the Understanding of Programming Concepts: the Case of the Variable. In 2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) (pp. 1-8). IEEE.
  • Henry, J., Hernalesteen, A., & Collard, A.-S. (2020). An Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Design Model for AI Literacy Activities. Workshop 7: Creating Opportunities for Children's Critical Reflections on AI, Robotics and Other Intelligent Technologies - IDC 2020.
  • Henry, J., Hernalesteen, A., Dumas, B. \& Collard, A-S. (2018). Que signifie éduquer au numérique ? Pour une approche interdisciplinaire, in De 0 à 1 ou l'heure de l'informatique à l'école: Actes du colloque Didapro 7 - DidaSTIC. Peter lang, 61--82
  • Jacques, J., & Collard, A.-S. (eds.) (2019). Digital media literacy in teamwork and distance work: competences, discourse and organizational design. Namur: Presses Universitaires de Namur.
  • Jacques, J., Grosman, J., Collard, A.-S., Ho, Y., Kim, A. & Jeong, H-S. (2020). In the Shoes of an Algorithm: A Media Education Game to Address Issues Related to Recommendation Algorithms, The Journal of Education, 3(1), p.37-62.
  • Jacques, J., Grosman, J., & Collard, A.-S. (2018). Recommendation Algorithms in Digital Media: Identifying Issues for Media Education through Game-Based Focus Groups, presented at Media Education Summit, Hong-Kong, 01-02/11/18.
  • Libert C., Vanhoof W. (2017). Survey of Software Visualization Systems to Teach Message-Passing Concurrency in Secondary School. Highlights of Practical Applications of Cyber-Physical Multi-Agent Systems, pp. 386-397. In Communications in Computer and Information Science (Springer). 2017
  • Yernaux G., Vanhoof W., Schumacher L. (2020). Moulinog: A Generator of Random Student Assignments Written in Prolog. Principles and Practice of Declarative Programming 2020, ACM Press.


Key projects

  • Bruxelles numérique, project funded by Perspectives Bruxelles / Région Bruxelles-Capitale, 01/01/2020 - 31/10/2020
  • LITME@WORK ``Littératie numérique et médiatique dans les environnements de travail collaboratif et à distance'', BELSPO project, 15/12/2014 - 15/09/2019
  • Pacte d'excellence numérique, project funded by the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, 01/12/2016 - 31/08/2021


Contact: Anne-Sophie Collard and Bruno Dumas