Presentation AIRE/EdTech

Take action to promote education

The EdTech Master Program aims at training creative and talented students to become the future change-makers of education by providing them with a global and strategic understanding of the digital transformation in education and to help them to design relevant and impactful projects.

Education is now globalized: teaching supports of all kinds are available at all time and everywhere. If it is stimulated by digital economy, education must also compete with it.

Schools are urged by society to encourage students’ creativity and eagerness to learn, to inspire them to undertake and share, to develop their lucidity, critical thinking and sense of solidarity. But this goals can’t easily be reached, in a context of social crises, growing inequalities and demographic needs.

It is a challenge we are ready to take-up: education is in need for new entrepreneurs, teachers and researchers, and ideally, people with these three characteristics all at once.

We are looking for talented students with a particular interest for exploration, experimentation and research. Our candidates must have the desire to work together on exciting collaborative projects and to contribute now to tomorrow’s education.

“This Master is the first university program dedicated to this promising global new field in France. We believe that in parallel with the digital and environmental transitions, there is a “learning transition” which transform our ways to learn, teach, conduct research but also the way we work, manage and collaborate. This is not just about the transformation of the education system, this is about a systemic transformation of our society.”

The EdTech program

The Education Technology Master Program (EdTech Master) is a 2 years Master’s degree recognized by the French State and the European L.M.D system. This Master is awarded by Paris Descartes and Paris Diderotuniversities and hosted at the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity(CRI): an experimental campus that aims to promote educational techniques and strategies to empower students to take initiatives and develop their own projects.


Ada Loueilh
Coordinator Master Edtech

Responsibles for the program

Sophie Pène (Paris Descartes),
Pascal Hersen (Paris Diderot),
Ariel Lindner (CRI).

Career opportunities

We prepare our students to be the future change-makers of education. What does it means? We believe that the learning transition is transforming the present jobs in education but also creates new jobs in this field. These new jobs are inside the education system (e.g. fab manager in the university) but also “outside” of the system, at its margins, in the third places (public libraries, co-working spaces, etc.), in the administration (e.g. chief digital officer) and in the companies (lifelong training and learning communities network are big challenges). Above all, there are many professions that do not exist yet or that are currently in progress. In one word: we prepare our students to be the ones who prepare and act for the world to come.

Concrete job openings of this Master program:

  • educational designer, editorial manager in startups/large corporations/publishers/universities or schools/NGO, etc.
  • project manager innovative education
  • research officer
  • consultant
  • entrepreneur
  • teacher
  • starting a PhD in a reasearch lab

Is this program for you ?

Each year we welcome about forty participants in the program: students are coming from all over the world and from very different backgrounds (education science, computer science, psychology, economy, design, medicine, humanities, biology, cognitive science, etc.). This diversity is an exceptional opportunity for students to discover the power of peer-to-peer teaching and learning. It also means that you don’t need any specific previous experience in IT or research to be eligible.

For some students, it is a step aside for a project :

This is the case of doctors for example who want to take time to imagine a serious game, design a simulator to train surgeons, embarking on a participatory science research, manufacture objects connected in our different labs for their research. .

This is the case of teachers who seek a breath for a job they love and want to re-imagine.

For others it is the beginning of a research curriculum that requires knowledge about learning in a digital society and that will combine several disciplines, computer science, cognitive science, physics, biology, humanities and social.

For others still, designers, artists, hackers is a creative field, for sustainable development, sharing economy, the development of “common” knowledge…

No matter what is your previous academic or professional journey, we are looking for talented participants who wish to engage in the transformation of education in the learning society.


The CRI makes available to large communities of teachers andresearchers its wide experience in training through research, experienceheavily supported on digital technologiesused creatively. Many training activities have made it possible to capitalize onactive steps the research of information,inverted class, student projects, serious games, practice in laboratory.

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