Didactics: Digital, the main lever of the reform

For a future-oriented university

The new reform aims to inculcate digital culture among young people. Students will be required to have certified training for graduation. Office software, programming, digital marketing and cybersecurity … students will need to have knowledge in these areas to earn college degrees.

To ensure the attractiveness of Moroccan higher education, it is essential to modernize content and train more informed young people about the technological changes the world is currently experiencing. It is in this sense that the Department of Higher Education has launched the “National Plan to accelerate the transformation of the ecosystem of higher education, scientific research and innovation” (ESRI Pact 2030).

This plan is based on a profound transformation of the higher education system with a modern university and completely renewed educational content. To achieve this, the ministry has joined forces with stakeholders through a series of consultations that will be held in the different regions of the Kingdom under a schedule for these regional meetings.

Halfway through, Abdellatif Miraoui, Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation, unveiled the main lines of this reform and the innovations it should include during a press conference to be held last April. Meetings with stakeholders will continue at the regional level until June. They will be crowned by the National Assemblies, followed by the presentation of the reform bill to Parliament.

The university is changing

Digital transformation is at the heart of this strategic plan that aspires to a fully digitized administration, to online services dedicated to students, professors-researchers and to the management of human resources and online educational platforms. After a series of meetings and consultations with universities and regions, the Minister of Higher Education reported on the mid-term evaluation of these meetings and his vision on this reform which is expected to come into effect at the beginning of the 2023 academic year. 2024. The new reform aims to inculcate digital culture among young people. Students will be required to have certified training for graduation. Office software, programming, digital marketing and cybersecurity … students will need to have knowledge in these areas to earn college degrees.

Along the same lines, a new concept will take up residence in universities. These are coding schools like the 1337 school started by the OCP Group. They will be called “Code 212” and will be accessible to students of all sectors. The new reform promises a future-oriented university with flexible teaching in which new technologies will have a prominent place. It also aims to leverage the experience of distance learning to offer practical courses accessible to all students. To build the pedagogical model of the new reform, the ministry launched a digital platform. It is based on a co-construction approach with all stakeholders based on listening and consultation sessions at the territorial level through regional meetings. The goal is to mobilize all interested parties to prepare generations capable of facing future challenges and providing innovative solutions for the development of the country.

Renewal of educational content

It must be said that the current Plan draws substance from the priority choices of the new development model which intends to make digital a tool for transforming the business model of higher education, allowing the delivery of diploma courses remotely and to a large number of students. . The new development model recommends integrating mastery of the fundamentals of digital technology into all training courses, starting from the first cycle of higher education. Teaching in schools is no exception to the rule and will have to carry out a profound modernization of its curricula and pedagogical approaches to fully enter the 21st century.

To do this, the new development model is based on the strengthening of research and didactic experimentation to renew teaching methods on a scientific basis, on the revision of programs to promote transversal skills, in particular the mastery of languages ​​and new technologies. In this sense, it is essential to seize the digital opportunity to make it a powerful lever to transform the education system and incubate new educational practices, through the development of a Moroccan Edtech ecosystem that integrates all companies and startups that use new technologies to transform the world of education and training (MOOC teaching materials, markets for private teachers, specialized training or even educational and fun applications).

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