Isabelle Mirbel

Isabelle Mirbel

Maître de Conférences


Current Position

Isabelle Mirbel is associate professor in computer science at Université Côte d’Azur within the I3S research laboratory. Her research interests are in the fields of information systems engineering, method engineering and requirements engineering.

From 2012 to 2018, she was vice-dean of the Faculty of Sciences.

For the past two years, she has been coordinating the implementation of the competency-based approach within the UFR Sciences and the different UFR of the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis.

She is also in charge of the “Sciences à la Carte” project, in conjunction with the Thematic Digital Universities (TDUs) UNISCIEL (National Basic Sciences University), which aims to develop online digital resources and more specifically self-positioning tests to facilitate the orientation of undergraduate students.

She is also currently a member of the L@UCA undergraduate education innovation program board. She is more specifically involved in teaching and learning change dynamic as well as competency based curriculum development.

Current Projects



The current french Bachelor's Degree teaching model is a traditional one, which relies essentially upon disciplinary teaching occurring in a transmissive mode. Today main challenge in high education, which consists in transforming teaching and learning in order to face the diversification of the audiences as well as the issue of reconciling studying with other life projects, compiled us to redesign our curriculum and teaching strategies. It is the main goal of the L@UCA project to drive and accompanying this change dynamic. Therefore three main axes have been identified:

1- Improving "active orientation towards a -3/+3 perspective" by (i) reinforcing relationships between high school and University, (ii) better supporting students in choosing more actively their university curriculum and providing them better knowledge about contents, objectives and goals of the courses to do so, and (iii) reinforcing active orientation during the Bachelor's degree preparation.

2- Offering more open and flexible curriculum by moving from traditional Bachelor's Degree programs to modular and student-centered ones. In particular, flexibility will be further increased by allowing students to prepare not only specialized degrees, but also general and cross-disciplinary ones. In addition, students will be able to build their own courses combination to better suit their personal projects. The content of the academic training will be redesigned accordingly.

3- Rethinking teaching and learning, not only in terms of content, but also in terms of strategies, by encouraging student involvement. This pedagogical transformation will require to widely train teachers and to adapt the learning environment to these new learning styles. This change dynamic is part of a biggest transformation aim shared with UCA JEDI IDEX and EUR DS4H. Students will be offered many possibilities for graduading with regards to studies duration, profiles as well as content and specialization.

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Developping self-positioning tests to facilitate undergraduate student's orientation


  • RéNAPS'up (French national network about competency based approaches for high education)
  • Unisciel (Thematic Digital University - Sciences)
  • UCA (Université Côte d'Azur)