MOOC Digital and research in health and life sciences: challenges and new practices

About the course

This MOOC aims to provide necessary elements to adapt to the evolution of practices in health research (from management to communication or scientific resources dissemination) and teaches how to master digital tools. It also aims to make participants understand new technological, social, legal and ethical challenges such as the open access to scientific publications, scientific data sharing and changes in methodology that the digital compound can introduce in research practices (data driven research, participative research).

Course team

Célya Gruson-Daniel, PhD  student, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, Université Laval, Québec

Liane was a coordination assistant for this MOOC as an internship at the CVV. Thanks to her law degree from Panthéon-Assas University, Liane was specifically helpful on legal questions concerning open data in health.


Seven-week course. Each week consists in videos, quizzes and weekly exercises. Each sequence includes experts from different backgrounds (researchers, research engineers, librarians, doctors, legal advisers, etc. to shed light on the challenges of those new practices. Screen casts offer feedback from researchers and allow the discovery of a set of open source digital tools used in research (R software, Zotero, Github, Python).

Course plan

Chapter 0: Science and digital technology: what is changing? (introduction)

Chapter 1: Relying on existing scientific resources.

Chapter 2: Collecting/Producing scientific data.

Chapter 3: Treating / analyzing scientific data.

Chapter 4: Archiving/ sharing scientific data: health data, sensitive data.

Chapter 5: Sharing scientific results: writing and publishing.

Chapter 6: Being part of a scientific community.

Chapter 7:   New ways of interacting in research and ethical issues.


Use of office software – Knowledge of the basis of scientific research process in health and life sciences (bachelor degree level preferred).

Researchers, professionals working in health and life sciences research, and French or international researchers to be.

Public Health, Environmental science, Urbanisme,

Social networks