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Innovation and accomplishments

Innovation: learning by doing


As an institution providing industry-based training, IFP School offers courses that meet industry's needs while harnessing innovative teaching methods which promote learning by doing. The innovative teaching methods on offer at IFP School take the shape of teaching methods and approaches as well as tools, providing a more effective means for students to learn new skills.


Educational approaches


Throughout their time at IFP School, students have access to a Learning Management System (LMS) which features educational materials related to the various teaching modules. Organized into teaching pathways, these educational materials are varied in nature and include: PDF documents, videos, e-learning modules, e-books, quizzes, URLs and much more. As such, some teachers teach their students using the flipped classroom instructional strategy. In practice, teachers harness distance learning by making teaching content available on the LMS before classes. They also use classroom sessions to develop case studies, practice exercises and practical work. In addition to these hands-on activities, students also go on site visits and work placements throughout the year. 

 

LMS

 

  • Serious Games

 

Developed in 2015 as part of the MOOC on Sustainable Mobility, four serious games aim to immerse learners in the environmental and economic challenges faced by the automobile industry through realistic issues and environments.

 

 

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  • Educational videos

 

The innovative educational projects being run by teachers at IFP School include the TERG (Energy Transition and Global Responsibility) project, which, every year, gives a few groups of students a chance to make an educational video to replace conventional written reports. This approach allows students to work in teams in a different way and gives them a certain exposure outside IFP School. For IFP School, there are two main advantages to this. Firstly, students involved in this kind of projects get more involved than they would with a conventional written report (as they say: "if it's done well, it speaks for itself") and, secondly, the expectations for a video are higher than those for a report as regards the ability to express ideas. Furthermore, such videos are added to the school's LMS to form prerequisites for some subjects.

 

TERG

 

  • Virtual reality

 

In October 2016, IFP School trialed virtual reality in lessons. Using virtual reality provides a means of getting fully immersed in spheres which are difficult to access or highly regulated. In this instance, as part of an engine test bench, virtual reality can be used to prepare for a tour and to give students the chance to explore a new environment at their own pace. Visual tours can be used as teaching material by teachers during their classroom lessons and to enhance actual tours on the ground.

 

Access to the virtual tour

 

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A second virtual tour project for a refinery is currently under development, providing the opportunity to look inside the various units!

 

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  • Mobile learning

 

As part of a practical training course on petroleum geology, IFP School will, in 2017, be able to offer mobile learning opportunities with a tablet application harnessing georeferencing. The practical training course will be based on the tablet's augmented capabilities in order to give students educational content and activities depending on their geolocation. As such, depending on the outcrops they find themselves in front of, students will be able to access data which is specific to the location they are studying.

 

Mobile learning

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Awards: IFP School has received several awards from different sectors, enabling the school to further consolidate its international reputation.

 

 

E-learning award

IFP School won the E-Learning Excellence Award in the "best training device for Education" category, handed out by the Cegos Group, in partnership with the AEF Group, for its first MOOC on Sustainable Mobility.  

 

For further information please contact lucie.dhorne@ifpen.fr