In 2020, 16 projects were selected as part of the Muse #Take Off 4 programme. A call for projects with a budget of more than 1 million euros to support innovative educational equipment. Eighteen months later, what is the status of these projects? Let's go to the school of chemistry, the faculties of dentistry, medicine and law, where small revolutions are being prepared.

You are on the beach in Agde, the rescue workers have just intervened to save a young man from drowning. As they take him back to the beach you are about to give him first aid: you are a young doctor. You have been trained for this moment. However, the cries of your relatives, the gaze of the holidaymakers who are grouping around you, the sound of an approaching helicopter... This stress was not something you were prepared for at university! This is a sentence that young doctors will soon be unable to utter.

Imaginason: collective immersion

The scenario we have just described is precisely one that students will now be able to prepare for thanks to Imaginason, the Faculty of Medicine's new teaching equipment for collective immersion learning. In concrete terms: a video sequence, for example drowning on the beach at Agde, is projected onto the walls of a room in which the students will have to provide the appropriate care to a robot-patient. Immersion through sound and image immerses the future doctors in an environment very close to the real situations in which they will have to intervene one day.

" Creating a stressful environment around the students, putting them in action in a contextualised scenario capable of generating emotion not only helps them to prepare for the real conditions of their profession but also to anchor their reflexes more deeply," explains Blaise Debien, an emergency doctor and head of the teaching centre for emergency care at the Montpellier University Hospital.

Numodonto : the hub

The Faculty of Dentistry began its digital transition 10 years ago, with the integration of haptic simulation or 3D glasses for anatomy teaching as examples. " Digital means now allow us to create fully personalised teaching sequences and working models that allow us to reproduce all clinical situations. These models are produced on site, in 3D printing, by François Bertrand, a dental technician," explains Jean-Cédric Durand, vice-dean of the faculty.

Computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) has permeated the walls of this university and hospital complex with, among other things, the recruitment of Professor Michel Fages and the creation of thefirst medical activity unit devoted to this technique in 2015. The Faculty goes further by offering a hub centre that is unique in Europe. Equipped with various scanners and several business software programs, this hub will allow students to work on entirely digital models in exercises as diverse as dental morphology, prostheses, aesthetics, dentofacial orthopedics, implantology....

" With this equipment, the implementation of the sessions will be faster and more effective than with the current physical supports. The exercises will be closer to the reality of the field," explains Michel Fages. Digital technology also makes it possible to reduce the cost of the equipment for the students, thus reducing the costof the dental kit. Named after François Duret, the inventor of CAD/CAM dentistry, the hub centre will welcome its first students at the beginning of next year. " This is the result of a commitment and a constant desire to be as attractive to the younger generation of teachers as possible and to unite them," concludes the vice-dean as he closes the door.

Justitia: The Courtroom

Third atmosphere: the mock courtroom of the Faculty of Law. Designed with the help of an architect, this educational facility replicates the configuration of a real courtroom as found in a court. "This active teaching tool is a national and even European first in a university. This room will allow students to organise their pleading or eloquence competitions by feeling really in a situation "explains the Dean of the Faculty, Guylain Clamour.

Equipped with a double video-conferencing system, this equipment will also allow Montpellier students to practice with students from other universities, " a collaboration is already in place with Paris 2 " continues the dean. A connected camera will allow the sessions to be broadcast live on the University's Youtube channel. The modularity of the room also allows the courtroom to be used in a variety of ways, such as becoming a " committee room" for political science students, as in the National Assembly. The official inauguration is planned for January, but it is already in great demand," concludes Guylain Clamour.

Créactive: design thinking

Finally, we head for the School of Chemistry where the Creactive project offers students a place dedicated to learning how to conduct a project based on stimulating creativity. A second stage for the EPIICs projects which, for the past two years, have been putting students in a position to develop, in teams, an innovation in order to market it. To help them in this process, Creactive is a creative room based on the principle of design thinking. It is a modular space, equipped with all the necessary material to stimulate intra-team exchanges: furniture, tablets, video-projection and video-conferencing devices, cloud software, etc.

In order to encourage the design of innovative functional parts, ENSCM has also acquired, thanks to #Take Off 4, a 3D printing system that allows different types of materials to be combined: molecular, ceramic particles, resins, and photosensitive polymers. Project-based teaching is an important part of ENSCM's teaching methods. The EPIICs projects, by their scope and the achievements they will bring, will be an important vector of this communication to our future students" concludes David Virieux, the project leader.