Initial education: new interdisciplinary and inter-institutional module

Module on devices for digital mediation

Cultural economy, heritage & tourism
Higher Education

This educational module develops on the “Book in Five Years Time” cycle. It engages students on professional diploma courses at IUT la Roche-sur-Yon and the Bachelors programme at the École de Design Nantes Atlantique in working together in interdisciplinary teams to consider and design digital devices for mediating books.

Two partners

  • IUT La Roche-sur-Yon professional diploma (Licence Professionnelle)  MEDIT (Multimedia Publishing for Young Readers) and TIC ARC (Network and Community Management)
  • École de Design Nantes Atlantique : Bachelor in Interaction Design


About the module

This trial module intersects three course pathways. It will equip students with the ability to work together to develop innovative solutions that meet current or future user needs in cultural spaces (museums or libraries) or that have potential for new practices.


It is open to students on two professional diploma courses at IUT La Roche-sur-Yon (MEDIT: Multimedia Publishing for Young Readers; and TIC ARC: Network and Community Management) and the Bachelor in Interaction Design at the École de Design de Nantes.

Teaching and Accreditation arrangements

The key objective is to engage interdisciplinary teams (design, publishing, community management) in designing digital, cultural mediation devices by combining a strategic vision with understanding of the editorial challenges and user experience.


32 hours – 1 ECTS credit

(c)L'École de Design Nantes Atlantique


Phase 1: overview of digital mediation practices

Phase 2: educational sessions within each course pathway, inverting the roles in a project

Phase 3: immersive workshop for all course pathways

Phase 4: evaluation and conclusion

Phase 5: presentation to professional stakeholders


Deliverables expected

Students from different subject backgrounds will be able to identify common reference points, jointly construct and define a working issue concerning digital cultural mediation, and present project prototypes to professional stakeholders.



The educational sequence is extended further by developing industry links (students will present their work to outside professionals) and there is the possibility of taking the most original projects to the production phase. The academic team also intends to incorporate the approach into an educational cycle (pedagogical innovation) and it will be repeated next year with a new theme. The module also supports the inclusion of these courses in the interdisciplinary hub for digital cultures (autumn 2018).


Marc Jahjah –

Florent Michel –

Laurent Neyssensas –


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