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Media and Learning Association

Over the past couple of months, the membership of the association has been growing. Just before our conference in June we were delighted to welcome  the Centre for Innovation, Leiden University as a new member. The Centre consists of a multi-disciplinary team (interaction designers, learning experience designers, media makers – 36 staff members in all) exploring how education can be innovated with digital technologies.

The Media & Learning 2019 Conference on Video in Higher Education was organised by the Media & Learning Association and LIMEL, KU Leuven on 5-6 June 2019 in STUK in Leuven. The event involved 283 participants from 22 countries who came together to discuss the integration of video into colleges and universities.

TheMEDEA Awards encourages innovation and celebrates good practice in the use of media (audio, video, graphics and animation) in education. The 2019 award ceremony was held on 5 June, 2019 in the Town Hall Leuven, where the winners were announced by Mohamed Ridouani, the Mayor of Leuven.

The organisers of the annual MEDEA Awards are delighted to announce the 6 finalists for the 2019 Annual MEDEA Awards in the user-generated and professionally-produced categories. The finalists (in alphabetical order) are: 
  • Couleur, Arts, Industrie by Mines paristech (France)
  • DynamicAnatomy, an Augmented Reality application for embodied learning by Leiden University Medical Center (The Netherlands)
  • MOOC Le solfège à votre portée by Université de Montréal & Marie-Victorin College (Canada)
  • The History of Life

Its been a busy month for recruitment in the Media & Learning Association Secretariat with 3 new organisational members joining in April. Edinburgh Business School, located in Heriot-Watt University in Scotland have recently embarked on an ambitious project to deliver a new, and fully online version of their MBA programme where Digital media is a core component of the new course material.

The Media & Learning Association is a member of the Eduhack network which recently launched the pilot of its online course aimed at enhancing the digital cometence of educators with UNIR in Spain. This pilot began in March and has involved over 50 registered participants who have been working on the course activities, reflecting on the course wall and exchanging opinions on their experience.
The Media & Learning Association, together with a wide range of co-beneficiaries and partners, have applied for a Creative Europe MEDIA fund, to create a collection of European films and pedagogical materials to be made available for film education purposes, to young people aged 11-18 in school in the Creative Europe MEDIA member states.
The provisional list of films submitted for the application comprises classic and contemporary award-winning films providing recognisable landmarks in European social and cultural history.  Many films in the Collection

The draft programme for the Media & Learning Video in Higher Education conference taking place on 5-6 June 2019 organised by the Media & Learning Association and KU Leuven. Three topics that are set to receive a lot of attention during the conference are AI, Immersion and Lecture Capture. You can find more about what is happening over these two days packed with great talks, discussions, workshops and screenings on the conference website.

A video report is now available of the 'Fight Disinformation with Media Literacy' event held in Brussels on 13 November 2018 which was organised by the Evens Foundation and the Media & Learning and supported by the European Commission. This video provides highlights of the event including interviews with the workshop leaders and short inputs from all 20 presenters in the quickfire sessions. 

Members of the international board of the association met on 30/31 January in Leuven hosted by KU Leuven  to review the work of the association and to make plans for the coming months. During the meeting, the board discussed activitities for the rest of 2019 in detail including the annual conference in June 2019, a possible webinar series and an event on media literacy for autumn. We also talked about expanding the membership and ideas for collaborative projects along with how best to support the members.