Jean-François Colas

Lifelong Learning for All - Edupreneur in Barcelona, Spain

Jean-François Colas

Lifelong Learning for All - Edupreneur in Barcelona, Spain

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I'm from France and have lived in Barcelona for 10 years.

After 20 years as a researcher in the field of genetics of morphogenesis in France, United States, and, in recent years, in Barcelona, I have reinvented myself as an e-learning specialist via the Master Education and ICT at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

I am generally interested in how technology shapes human collective intelligence, and especially committed to the pedagogical support for open online learning (in particular for MOOCs). Lead facilitator for the french community of the HANDSON MOOC, I created a pre-MOOC workshop for training the facilitators of its diverse language communities, actively contributed to synthesizing the results of the HANDSON project for reporting to the European Commission and performed research on multilingual education and facilitation of active participation in MOOCs. I speak french, english, spanish and catalan.

As a freelance I am currently in charge of the community management for the Doctoral School at the UOC and I am especially interested to contribute my 25 years of experiences—in creating and sharing knowledge in diverse countries and cultural contexts—to projects (one-on-one or collective) seeking to improve lifelong and multilingual access to open online learning. I am now very proud of offering a new service called Tutor MOOC whose mission is to help making MOOCs an instrument of lifelong learning for all.

  • Education
    • Master E-learning, Ph.D.
    • Open University of Catalonia
    • Louis Pasteur University