Smart CODE: on-demand university through digital innovation

La Rochelle Université’s Smart CODE: Smart Curriculum On Demand project aims to consolidate a global digital approach that is already well underway and to develop a new concept of an inclusive, personalised and on-demand university.

La Rochelle Université is laureate of the call for expressions of interest (AMI) “Digital demonstrators in higher education”, launched by the State as part of the “Investissement d’Avenir” programme. The aim of this AMI is to identify institutions ready to deploy a digital transformation strategy in all their training courses. The University has been awarded €5 million to develop its “Smart CODE” project.

La Rochelle Université’s project aims to deploy an innovative “on-demand” university model, based on personalised courses and content on the one hand, and on the generalisation of co-modality and hybridisation of teaching on the other.

This project is based on 4 cornerstones:


The aim is to design a tool for personalising training courses using information from the learner’s profile, previous career path and professional objectives, in order to suggest a suitable course of study in line with their ambitions (training GPS). The construction of this pathway will enable the learner to be directed towards the teaching units available in the University’s training offer, which will enable him or her to acquire the skills necessary to achieve his or her objective.
The creation of interconnections with the digital spaces of high schools is planned so that high school students can project their future career path, through a digital simulator.

Find out more about the transformation of training courses at La Rochelle Université.


This section aims to generalise co-modality within La Rochelle Université’s training offer, by proposing several access methods for the same course (face-to-face or distance learning, synchronously or asynchronously), in order to take into account the constraints that learners may encounter (e.g. work in parallel with their studies, accommodation far from La Rochelle, etc.).

  • Call for projects: Digital Demonstrators in Higher Education (DemoES)
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Budget: €5M
  • Partners: ANR, Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Rectorat, Millionroads, Appscho and Wooclap.

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This work benefited from State aid managed by the “Agence Nationale de la Recherche” under the “Investissements d’avenir” programme.

Students will be able to switch from one modality to another according to their needs and schedule, while still being able to review the courses at their leisure.


The project provides for the creation of a support unit made up of educational engineers, content integrators, graphic designers and audiovisual engineers. This unit will help teachers to script teaching activities (under the prism of co-modality), and to produce dematerialised teaching content (course materials, recordings, video capsules). Support will be particularly important for the creation of asynchronous teaching activities.


With the personalisation of learning, the different audiences will be present totally or partially, or not at all. In order to ensure that each student receives the same level of pedagogical support and assistance in achieving success, both face-to-face and remotely, an individualised follow-up will be set up by means of a dedicated unit. This monitoring will aim to measure, by means of smart tools, the attendance and success of the learner, in order to identify those in difficulty, so as to offer them appropriate solutions (tutoring, educational meetings, psychological help, reorientation, etc.).