Digital Education

Changed on 10/12/2020

Inria is convinced that digital technology, and in particular artificial intelligence, cognitive modeling, and interfaces, can provide effective and useful tools for learners and teachers, but also help to meet the major challenges of education (equal opportunities, digital divide, social and economic issues, etc.). Our research teams are working to develop digital education that is as fair as it is modern.


Enfants utilisant une tablette tactile
© Inria / Photo J. Larlet


Computer science is at the same time a science, a technology, an industry and now a culture because it is shaking up the society that has become digital.  But this revolution also represents new challenges for research.

To meet these challenges, Inria, as a public research institute in digital science and technology, has set itself the dual ambition of supporting public policies for digital training and strengthening its research and innovation activity in close liaison with the education sciences.

These are objectives that the institute hopes to achieve by participating in the implementation of teaching, particularly in the training of secondary and primary school teachers, a national priority if ever there was one. The creation of multidisciplinary research teams is also encouraged in order to co-create together (and not one after the other) new computer tools and new related pedagogical approaches, which are digitally assisted ("computer-aided education").

For example, such research teams can help model the learner in order to acquire the means to better understand human learning; the ambition is to establish the computational principles of human learning, within a domain that can be called "computational cognitive modelling".

Strategic programs for the domain


1 scientist - 1 Class : No problem !

 The aim of this initiative is to put secondary school pupils in contact with researchers in order to learn about digital technology and develop a taste for science.


Inria Learning Lab

Inria Learning Lab

For several years now, Inria has been contributing to the development of IT education by offering training courses (seminars, MOOCs), developing activities in close collaboration with teachers, and experimenting with new approaches.

Enfants utilisant une tablette tactile


Class'Code is a response to a need: that of training education professionals to introduce girls and boys to computer thinking, so that children understand the digital world, master it, and therefore take ownership of its foundations.

Poppy Station

Poppy Station

The Poppy ecosystem includes software and hardware tools for creating and programming robots, as well as educational content for education and training, and a large interdisciplinary community of users


A dedicated white paper

In a white paper entitled “Education and Digital Technology: The Challenges”, Inria explores the use of digital technology in education, prior to proposing possible solutions to the issues raised.

Download the white paper (in French)

Discover our project teams mobilized around the topic