In addition to traditional courses and labs, I have successfully experimented class projects guided by real-life applications.

An example is the IMT-Total challenge in data sciences, created with Michel Lutz at Total. It is a pedagogical challenge opened to the students of Mines-Telecom Institute. Prizes consist of internships at Total. The winners are selected in a two-stage procedure:

  1. First round: 10 students were selected according to quantitative performance results.
  2. Second round: 3 of them are selected based on a technical report explaining their methodology.

More details can be found here:
“Un exemple de compétition pédagogique en science des données”, O. Roustant, M. Lutz (2019), Colloque Francophone International sur l’Enseignement des Statistiques, Strasbourg, September 25-27.

Two other projects were presented in the lively Francophone workhop about Pedagogy at University Questions de pédagogie dans l’enseignement supérieur. They address two main questions:

  • How to read efficiently a reference book in statistical learning?
    • “Un APP avec transmission croisée visant à s’approprier un ouvrage de référence”, O. Roustant, A. Badea (2015), proceedings of the 8th colloquium Questions de pédagogie dans l’enseignement supérieur, Brest, June 17-19.
  • How to integrate disciplinary knowledge to solve a real-life problem?