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Whether we are hyperconnected or on the contrary, refractory, digital technology is now an integral part of our daily lives. It is inevitable: ParcourSup, university enrolment, video surveillance, smartphones.
New technologies facilitate our daily life and our exchanges.
They represent an opening on the world, put at our disposal, an incalculable number of data and are fully part of our life: the digital is practical but it is not without risk: connection problems, hacking, lack of confidentiality and collection of personal data, are as many risks and aggressions that we must master.
The mastery of computer science is nowadays essential, as well as the mastery of English.
Whatever career path you take, you will be confronted with it!
Some of you will tell me that you were born with digital technology and therefore already know how to do everything.
It's true, you're "born and bred" and have learned to use digital technology on your own. That may be enough to write a summary, do simple calculations and represent them.
But do you really think it's enough? That you know how to use digital technology effectively to save time? Are you able to quickly troubleshoot your Internet connection or your computer?
The aim of this course is not to turn you into an expert or a computer scientist, but to give you the basics to use digital technology in a harmonious and informed way. You will no longer be subjected to it, but will be able to control it.
And all this, you will do it thanks to PIX.
But what is PIX?
PIX is a public service, created by the French State following the observation that digital technology was becoming more and more important in all areas of life and that it was becoming urgent to train everyone in its correct use. This system is based on the DigComp, a European digital skills repository, and delivers a certification recognized at the European level and by the professional world.
Pix is more than a certification. It is a complete training offer.
With Pix, you assess your level of skills, you train at your own pace in a fun way and you validate your skills.
Designed to adapt to your level, the platform offers you "challenges" around the following 5 themes
- Information and data
- Communication and collaboration
- Content creation
- Protection and security
- Digital environment
These categories may not speak to you, but they relate to situations that you all experience on a daily basis: understanding what the main components of a computer are used for, for example, will allow you to buy a computer that really suits your needs.
Knowing the dangers of digital technology for your health or for the environment, will allow you to change small habits, which will have a big impact for you, and for the planet.
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What is a challenge?
A challenge includes several fun, concrete and practical questions.
You can take your challenges from home, at your own pace. You can start a challenge, stop it and resume it later, there are no limitations.
Similarly, you can use all the help you want to carry out your challenges, ask someone or search on the Internet as long as you carry out the manipulations yourself!
Each challenge gives you concrete skills. There is no theory but only practical exercises or scenarios to help you better understand an issue from your daily life.
Your training course on the platform will be adapted to the answers you have given. You will therefore not have all the same exercises.
On average, and depending on your level, it will take you 30 to 45 minutes to complete a challenge.
To improve and train for the final exam, which we will discuss next, you can retake your challenges as many times as you like. Please note that between each attempt you will have to wait a minimum amount of time which will be indicated on the Pix website.
How are the challenges assessed?
Pix is a lifelong certification. Each challenge is assessed on a scale of 1 to 8:
- level 1 is equivalent to that of an elementary school student,
- Levels 2, 3 and 4 are equivalent to those required in junior high and high school
- and level 5-6 which corresponds to that of the second year of a bachelor's degree.
It will even be possible for you to specialize during your professional career and reach level 8. To reach a given level of competence, it is mandatory to validate all the previous levels. This means that in order to reach level 6, you must first pass all levels 1 to 5.
Once you have reached level 1, you will be directed to level 2 questions, then level 3, and so on.
When you pass your challenge, you will get regular feedback:
- Each time you complete a level you will see a small window pop up to let you know
- Every 5 questions, you get feedback on the answers provided and you can even click for links and tutorials to improve
- This is also where you can report a question to PIX if you have a problem
If you can no longer answer the questions, the test will stop and you will not have any questions from the next level. You will validate the last successful level. For each challenge you can obtain different levels: for example a level 4 in the first challenge, a 6 in the second, a 3 in the third, etc. You don't have to reach level 6, but if you do, you may get a lower score.
When you have completed a challenge, you get a score indicated in PIX. To get 20/20 in the challenge you need to get 48 Pix. If you are not satisfied with your score, e.g. less than 20 Pix, you can retake it directly on the Pix.co.uk website.
The challenges in practice!
To pass a challenge, go to the course on Ametice and click on the challenge in question. Then click on the "Pass the challenge" link. This will take you directly to the correct challenge on the PIX website. The first time, you will have to create an account.
PIX is a lifelong learning opportunity, which means that it is not dependent on your student status and you can still use it after you leave university as you will still need to prove your digital skills.
We therefore advise you, when creating your account on the site, to use a personal and valid email address and to keep it and the password safe. This will make it easier for you to log in later and to communicate with the Pix website if necessary. Because only the administration of the PIX platform can provide you with an answer to your problems. The next time you log in, you will not have to create a new account but simply click on "Log in".
How to validate your results?
It is important to know that your performance in the challenges counts towards your final grade for the EU.
As the university has no link with the PIX website, it does not have access to your scores, so it is essential to communicate them to the university. To do this, once you are satisfied with your score, so wait until you have retaken your challenges if you have time, it is imperative that you send your results before the deadline!
To do so :
- Go to the Ametice platform and click on the icon of the challenge you want to validate. Click on the link "Send my results".
- The site will ask you to enter your student account: this is your student number. Be careful: an error in this number will prevent the recovery of your results! Be careful! Any score sent is final, i.e. it cannot be improved afterwards, so you must wait until you are satisfied before sending your results to the challenges.
This sending step is very important, if you forget to do it or if you have the wrong student number, we will not receive your results.
When to pass your challenges?
In fact, you can take all your challenges whenever you want, as long as you don't exceed certain dates that you will find in the calendar on the Ametice course page. For each challenge, you will find 2 dates.
- the softline, the date when it is advisable to take the challenge, but you may have taken it before or even a little after;
- and the deadline, the date before which you must have passed and sent your challenge. Beyond this date, your challenge will not be taken into account.
Before the deadline, it will still be possible to practice, and this as many times as you want to improve your score.
Please note that you must complete the challenges in the order mentioned in the course calendar and not in the order proposed on the Pix.co.uk website. To make sure you don't forget anything, you will receive a reminder on your university mailbox one week before each deadline.
How do you track your results?
After the submission deadline, your results are posted on the course announcements forum on Ametice, on your University email and on our Facebook page. You can't miss it!
You should check these lists, and verify your attendance, each time they are published to avoid unpleasant surprises.
The EU is divided into two parts: the challenges and the certification.
Over the two semesters, for the challenges that you will carry out at a distance.
The second part, the final certification exam, takes place during the teaching period of the second semester.
The final certification
The certification takes place in S4, between January and April, and is subject to registration, in the slot you will have chosen in the course registration section on Ametice. You can register at the beginning of the semester.
So, if you have already passed all your challenges, you will be able to take your certification at the beginning of the second semester and then you will not have to do anything else for the rest of the year.
This certification is actually a big challenge, which will be built from variants of the 3 most complicated questions you have answered for each challenge.
So there are no surprises, you will only have variations of questions that you know the answer to and the test will only be about the level that you have reached. So you will all have a different certification that is built for each of you as long as you have passed your challenges naturally.