Étudier à distance

Distance learning

More than 2 600 students registered for the mooc & more than 20 students each year for the spoc course

The teachers and researchers of the PLAS@PAR community are involved in the creation and participation in innovative digital tools in the field of training for several years: with the MOOC (massive open online course) in partnership with EPFL since 2017 and with the SPOC (Small Private Online Course) at Sorbonne Université since 2016.

The implementation of distance learning tools is now being reinforced by the health context that we have just experienced. We will keep you informed in this section of the latest news.


Distance learning

SPOC: an introduction to plasma physics

Researchers of PLAS@PAR actively participate in the development of distance learning courses (SPOC) at the Master 1 level of Physics and Applications at Sorbonne Université. The lectures, in French, aim at allowing students holding the distance learning Bachelor’s degree in physics (L3 PAD – Physique à distance) from Sorbonne Université to continue their studies, and also to reach a new public.

PLAS@PAR’s instructors:

  • Caterina Riconda: professor at Sorbonne Université
  • Arnaud Zaslavsky: assistant-professor at Sorbonne Université

The MOOC, a partnership between Sorbonne Université and EPFL

PLAS@PAR has been highly involved in the creation and funding of the new "MOOC Plasma Physics: Applications", a joint production of SU-EPFL, online since January 1, 2018. The aim is to learn about plasma applications: from the study of far distant astrophysical objects, over diverse applications in industry and medicine, to the ultimate goal of sustainable electricity generation from nuclear fusion. In this course, PLAS@PAR provides lectures on laser plasma interaction as well as plasma applications in medicine.

Duration: 6 weeks
Effort: 5-6 hours per week, lectures in english

Level: Bachelor
Price: Free (Verified Certificate available for $49 USD)
Institutions: EPFLx and SorbonneX on edX platform


  • Applications of plasma

  • Understanding of the fusion energy challenge, and acquisition of the basis for developing an overall vision of the different R&D elements

  • Understanding of the main plasma societal applications and relevant tools

  • Vision and appreciation of the importance of plasmas in space and astrophysics

  • Acquiring some basic knowledges of MATLAB programming by solving problems in course content

PLAS@PAR’s instructors:

  • François Amiranoff: Research director at CNRS
  • Caterina Riconda: Physics professor at Sorbonne Université
  • Thierry Dufour: Associate professor at Sorbonne Université