Educational resources that can be mobilised


The VUESD (Virtual University Environment and Sustainable Development) provides several MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) on RISE themes:



Beyond its mission of producing digital educational resources for the university community (teachers and students), and in order to better respond to societal needs in terms of continuing education and lifelong learning, VUESD has taken advantage of its partnership vocation by committing itself to the production and coordination of MOOCs (online courses open to all) that are multi-institutional, multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary and multi-partner, bringing together, for each MOOC, a number of scientific experts from different institutions.

Ressource: The impoverished Moselle

The impoverished Moselle - Water and forests in the Moselle valley where the return of natural dynamics is a pedagogical resource in ecology proposed by Annik Schnitzler (University of Lorraine), Laurent Schmitt (University of Strasbourg), Gabrielle Thiébaut (University of Rennes 1), Jean-Michel Gobat (University of Neuchâtel) and Claire Arnold (University of Neuchâtel and Lausanne).

For about ten kilometres, the Moselle valley upstream of Nancy is one of the very few French alluvial valleys that benefits from flooding. For this reason, it benefits from several protection titles (Natura 2000, Regional Nature Reserve). An alluvial forest has been developing spontaneously along the river for several decades. Based on interviews with specialised researchers, this film develops some aspects of the geomorphological and ecological functionality of the valley, focusing on 3 main points:

  1. the links between river and biodiversity;
  2. the ecological services;
  3. the negative consequences of certain human activities.


This resource was awarded the European Medea Awards 2016 for the best use of media in higher education.

It is subtitled in English and is accessible for people with visual and hearing disabilities.

A co-production between the University of Lorraine and the Virtual University for Environment and Sustainable Development.

Financial support: Lorraine Regional Council / Rhine-Meuse Water Agency / Réseau Hubert Curien - CSTI Lorraine / Meurthe-et-Moselle General Council / Vosges General Council.


The impoverished Moselle - University of Lorraine - Vidéo - Canal-U

Ressource: Let’s discover and preserve riparian vegetation - ASTEE

This video on the preservation of riparian vegetation was produced by Astee with the support of the French Biodiversity Agency (OFB). Its translation in English was made possible thanks to COST Action CONVERGES.