[POST-DOC Position] “VEC” Corpora and project analysis - VECCPA

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    Université Rennes II
    Educational sciencesEducation
    Educational sciencesResearch methodology
    Educational sciencesTeaching methods
    Information science
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    01/05/2022 11:00 - Europe/Brussels
    France › Rennes


  • Call for expression of interest description

The Marie S. Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-PF) programme is a highly prestigious renowned EU-funded scheme. It offers talented scientists a unique chance to set up 2-year research and training projects with the support of a supervising team. Besides providing an attractive grant, it represents a major opportunity to boost the career of promising researchers.

The University of Rennes 2 and the LIDILE Research lab is thus looking for excellent postdoctoral researchers with an international profile to write a persuasive proposal to apply for a Marie S. Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship grant in 2022 (deadline of the EU call set on 14 September 2022). The topic and research team presented below have been identified in this regard.

  • Keywords

internationalisation@Home, virtual environments, project-based learning, Corpora-based data analysis, LMS platforms

  • Research project description

The context is one where research concerning internationalisation@Home is expanding. Such examples of I@H are to be found in several projects which LIDILE is (co-)conducting (listed below). The COVID context has reinforced the need for effective I@H systems and supporting I@H networks. The research is this field is related to the following concepts: community of practice, agile systems, student experience, learning-by-doing / project-based learning, service-Learning, virtual environments, Corpora-based data analysis, LMS platforms and the creation of enabling environment. One of LIDILE’s I@H project which revolves around this theoretical research is the module entitled “Virtual environmental challenge” (VEC) (Chusseau, 2021). This module is based on a transnational cross-campus exploration of environmentally-friendly projects and it involves the exchange of best practices through peer presentations in an international virtual class format. The VEC was developed in response to the cancellation of physical mobility under the Erasmus programme as a result of the COVID19 pandemic (Villiot-Leclercq, 2020). Initial feedback gathered from student participants via focus groups shows that students gained many of the skills associated with intercultural competence and global citizenship and felt empowered to make a difference. This initial pilot underpinned the need for further analysis and development, exploring new forms of teacher-student collaboration. For example VEC pilot project is designed to allow for a great deal of interaction between the different categories of actors. Within this framework, each individual can facilitate the development of the other members of the group by providing 'scaffolding' for those whose knowledge in certain areas is not yet accessible for independent use” (Blin et al. 2000). In addition, each student is asked to take on different roles depending on their particular skills and the needs within the teams. The project also promotes peer-to-peer learning, problem-based learning (Hamez 2012) and the establishment of a “skill swap system”, to use the expression of Gasté et al. (2004), and this applies in particular to all the digital aspects of the project and the virtual environment itself (Nissen, Kurek, 2020; O’Dowd, 2021) but also to the thematic ideas of the project.

The key objective is thus to develop a framework for an in-depth analysis of the programme to ensure its development and expansion. Our hypothesis is that systems such as the VEC are likely to produce more civically engaged students who make a real contribution to civil society organizations. Research methodology The postdoctoral fellow will first work on collecting and organizing the VEC data. Human-Num tools such as Nakala will be used to organize the multimedia corpora. The postdoctoral fellow will then use the collected data to fine-tune the VEC system and to provide useful models to expand the system to other subjects and applications (edutainment). Relevant approaches for this second part of the research will include providing in-depth analysis and recommendations linked to the following objectives:

  • Development and promotion of peer education in an international context (challenge-based projects, green environments, inclusion and diversity) and in an international virtual class format
  • Contribution to the development of students' digital literacy and inter-disciplinary project management skills. 
  • Promotion of a “learning by doing” approach;
  • Creation of a network of teachers and researchers wanting to carry out projects together, and to research learning outcomes;
  • Choosing other themes connected to the VEC and build in a UDL approach.

A 6-month secondment can be envisaged at LearnAlign which is a small company with a huge network. The secondment would allow the postdoctoral fellow to be involved in testing the systems on MOODLE and to finalize the organization of research copora on Nakala. LearnAlign

is specialized in LMS and has collaborabed with our team on a MOOC project on MOODLE in the context of the European DECLAME’FLE project. This placement would give the postdoctoral fellow an opportunity of working with Simon carolan, specialized in digital humanities. Dr. Simon Carolan specializes in innovative training devices, automatic processing of natural languages and structured and unstructured corpora. His doctoral thesis was on the creation of adaptive educational resources from reference books. In this project, he was able to implement, test and optimize a methodology for the creation of customizable books built on the basis of domain ontologies. He also worked in collaboration with Pr. Christine Evain on transmedia storytelling and augmented books. He has published over thirty academic articles and has also won the Graduate Scholar Award from Common Ground Publishing. He is also an international expert on open educational resources in the framework of UniTwin (UNESCO). Today, Simon Carolan is the manager of Learnalign, an agency specialized in multimodal training. He works in various sectors and is recognized for his expertise in edutainment and cognitive science as well as for his work on innovative content formats such as immersive environments and serious games. In addition to these activities, he is an associate member of LIDILE and collaborates closely with teams at the University of Rennes 2 on transmedia projects. He is also involved in the Master Didactics of Languages.

References :

Chusseau, Elsa. « Démarche exploratoire sur une ingénierie coopérative dans un projet pédagogique de co-conception multi-acteurs à l’université », 6:68‑85. Sciencesconf.org. Consulté le 17 octobre 2021. https://tacd-2021.sciencesconf.org/.

Nissen, Elke, et Malgorzata Kurek. The Impact of Virtual Exchange on Teachers’ Pedagogical Competences and Pedagogical Approach in Higher Education, 2020.

O’Dowd, Robert. « Virtual exchange: moving forward into the next decade ». Computer Assisted Language Learning 34, no 3 (4 mars 2021): 209‑24. https://doi.org/10.1080/09588221.2021.1902201.

Villiot-Leclercq, Emmanuelle. « L’ingénierie pédagogique au temps de la Covid-19 ». Distances et médiations des savoirs. Distance and Mediation of Knowledge, no 30 (22 juin 2020). http://journals.openedition.org/dms/5203

  • Supervisor

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be supervised by EVAIN Christine.

Christine Evain, a university professor at the University of Rennes 2, director of the LIDILE research unit, is a specialist in language didactics and literature. Christine Evain is the author of some fifty articles, including articles on the notion of transmedia and on the adaptation of novels to film. She is also the author of several books on the book industry, digital publishing, didactics, ICT and digital humanities. As director of LIDILE, Christine Evain coordinates the publication and valorisation activities of the research unit (a dozen events per year: conferences, study days and colloquia). In addition, she participates in the reading committees of several international journals; she is currently the co-director of six theses (two of which are co-supervised with an international partner); she participates in numerous calls for projects: submission of an MIC application (2022) to develop researcher mobility and co-supervision possibilities, KA2 TRIP project (2021) for new digital devices in language teaching). Finally, Christine Evain collaborates with other research units and international partners of Rennes 2 (co-direction of a thesis with CREAD, co-organization of events with EUR-CAPS and the international service of Rennes 2), an alliance project between European universities, eMERGE and new courses (EMDM TELME, awarded in 2021).

With E. Richard et D. Ramella : « Renforcer la dynamique collective du Master “didactique des langues” de Rennes 2 à travers deux projets : FLEscape et DistutoLang, dans le contexte de la pandémie », Symposium DESIR-AIPU, Congrès de l'Association Internationale de Pédagogie Universitaire (AIPU), 30 mai - 3 juin 2022, Rennes

With E. Richard et R. Zigani « Overcoming the Digital Divide: Charting a Burkina-Europe Virtual Exchange Experience” International Conference (Online), October 28, 29, & 30th, 2021, Bengalore, India, Pandemic Pedagogies in Language Education.

With Christopher de Marco “The Effect of Reflexive Feedback on Teacher-Trainer Performance in a Distance-Learning Context.” Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, 2020, 13 (4), pp.11-24.


  • Department/ Research

LIDILE is a team of 30 researchers including 16 doctorate students focused on the analysis of language activity; its three scientific objectives are:

(1) To develop a well-founded epistemological and methodological expertise in the field of language sciences and in its related disciplinary fields (linguistics, cognition and computer science).

(2) To create a synergy based on common approaches such as language description, discourse analysis, and translatology.

(3) To support an approach of transfer, application and development of research towards university training and professional sectors (processing and exploitation of metadata, language teaching, etc.).

The postdoctoral fellow would be part of the third research programme “DILEM – Didactics of Languages and Multimedia ».

This Axis aims to structure and develop research in language teaching in English, Spanish, German, Arabic, Chinese, and FLE. The group develops working themes in connection with the Languages for Specialists in Other Disciplines (LANSAD) sector and the research work is rooted in applied research and action research.

Three Programs are in Progress:

(1) Modelling of Teaching-learning Programs Research 1: Grammar and Language Teaching Research

2: Specialised Languages and LANSAD Research

3: Tools and Methods for Language Level Assessment

(1) Formalisation of Intermediate Linguistic Systems (S.L.I )

(2) Corpus InterLangues (CIL)

(3) Novel Didactic Devices

The postdoctoral fellow would be working in collaboration with LIDILE experts in the following fields:

- Corpora-based data analysis

- LMS platforms - Human-Num tools such as Nakala

- SOcle portal and tools

- Creation of community of practice

The infrastructures that these experts are currently developing include: a Nakala corpora database; SOcle portal and tools DidacLang MOOC platform; LMS spaces integrated in our University of Rennes 2 CURSUS space.

Example of research Unit European projects directed by Christine Evain: 

  • 2021-2024 : Work Package 2 de l’Erasmus+ Key Action 2 : « KA2 TRIP », (Training and Realizing innovations in Internationalisation at home Pedagogies) in collaboration with University of Limerick in Ireland, University Rennes 2 in France, University Banska Bystrica in Slovakia, University Europa Flensburg in Germany. Budget for WP 2 (Rennes 2): 101560 euros; team of : 32 people for TRIP.
    This project includes the « Virtual Environmental Challenge » which is also part of the EMERGE « Internationalisation@Home » project directed by Lesley LELOUREC, Vice-President in charge de l'Internationalisation and Amal JOUFFE - EL AMRANI, Director of the International Relations de l’Université Rennes 2.
  • 2019-2022 : Erasmus+, 2019-1-FR01-KA203-062886 « DECLAME’FLE » (Développement d’un Espace Collaboratif : Littérature, Apprentissage, Migration et Exil pour le FLE) ; Budget of 180 000 euros ; team of : 27 personnes.

Other research projects headed by LIDILE are to be found here : https://lidile.hypotheses.org/ Research

Unit Link: https://lidile.hypotheses.org/

More Information

Eligibility criteria

Academic qualification: By 14 september 2022, applicants must be in possession of a doctoral degree, defined as a successfully defended doctoral thesis, even if the doctoral degree has yet to be awarded.

Research experience: Applicants must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date applicants were in possession of a doctoral degree. Years of experience outside research and career breaks (e.g. due to parental leave), will not be taken into account.

Nationality & Mobility rules: Applicants can be of any nationality but must not have resided in France more than 12 months between 14/09/2019 and 14/09/2022.

Selection process

We encourage all motivated and eligible postdoctoral researchers to send their expressions of interest through the EU Survey application form (link here), before 1st of May 2022. Your application shall include:

  • a CV specifying: (i) the exact dates for each position and its location (country) and (ii) a list of publications;

    a cover letter including a research outline (up to 2 pages) identifying the research synergies with the project supervisor(s) and proposed research topics described above.

Estimated timetable

  • Deadline to apply to the present call for expression of interest: 1st May 2022
  • Selection of the most promising application(s): May-June 2022
  • Writing the MSCA-PF proposal with the support of the above-mentioned supervisor(s): June-September 2022
  • Expected MSCA-PF 2022 call deadline: 14th September 2022
  • Publication of the evaluation results: 1st February 2023
  • Start of the research and training project (if funded): 1st May 2023 (at the earliest)

Offer Requirements

    ENGLISH: Good
    FRENCH: Basic


Specific Skill Requirements :

  • Spreadsheet and presentation tools (Excell, PP, Genially, for example)
  • Survey tools - Database management
  • Bibliography tools

Required Languages - French (beginner level) and English (C1-C2)

Softskills: team work, networking in an international context Publications: at least 1 per year since the PhD in 1st author

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at

EURAXESS offer ID: 764295


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