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Media and Learning Association
The call for entries to the MEDEA Awards 2014 was announced today. The aim of this annual competition is to encourage innovation and good practice in the use of media (audio, video, graphics and animation) in education. The awards also recognise and promote excellence in the production and pedagogical design of media-rich learning resources.

Organisers of the annual Media & Learning Conference held this year on 20-21 November in Brussels are happy to announce the names of their first 2 confirmed plenary speakers. The first is Lord David Puttnam, renowned independent producer of award-winning films, Chancellor of the Open University and champion of the creative arts in education. He will be joined by Stephen Howell, Academic Engagement Manager from Microsoft who is a passionate defender of teaching programming to pupils from an early age.

In response to a number of requests, the Association is now open to two new types of membership, the first is Supporting Sponsor Membership and the second is Supporting Network Membership. 

Supporting Network Membership is intended for those European and other trans-border networks or membership organisations who operate in a similar context as the Media & Learning Association and who share similar objectives.

The Media & Learning Association launched a Special Interest Group on Lecture Capture and Video Use in Higher Education. Next week on Thursday 6 March 2014 a first webinar will be organised by the new SIG, the session will explore video based lecture capture systems in higher education from the student perspective and will ask whether there are any real and tangible improvements in terms of student performance or satisfaction rates through the use of Lecture Capture.

The latest member to join the Media & Learning Association is the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing at the University of Zagreb in Croatia. Known for their interest in the innovative application of media in teaching and learning, they bring a specific expertise and interest in lecture capture to the association and are particular interested in developments in this area.

MEDEAnet is very glad to announce a new webinar series for the 2014 winter & spring season. The first webinar will be held on 23 January and will bring together some finalists and winners of the MEDEA Awards 2013, this annual competition around good practices on producing and using educational media attracted 342 entries from 37 countries. Presented will be the Award winning entry  "dans les murs de la Casbah...": a visually rich web documentary which offers a new and interactive exploration of the legendary Casbah district of Algiers and finalist "Practice Your Music", an innovative application that helps you practice with your musical instrument in a fun, active and easy way.

The first public AGM of the Media & Learning Association took place on Friday 13 December during the Media & Learning Conference. 15 current members were represented at the meeting along with several non-voting observers. During the AGM the background and current status of the association was presented along with a proposal for association by-laws which were accepted by the membership. A proposed plan fo activities for 2014 was accepted along with a budget for the coming year.

With the inclusion of 3 new members, MFG in Germany, Association for Academic E-learning in Poland and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain, the association now counts 18 members in 10 different European Countries. Most members will be represented at the annual AGM which will take place on 13 December during the Media & Learning Conference. During the AGM plans for 2014 will be presented and discussed. During this AGM only members can vote however the meeting is open to anyone attending the conference who would like to join.

During October a further 3 organisations have joined the Media & Learning Association. They are the School of Education Studies in Dublin City University in Ireland, the Incubation & Entrepreneurship dept of iMinds in Belgium and CERIMES in France. Like the other members of the association, they have access to the members' portal and will be represented at the first AGM of the Asssociation taking place on 13 December in Brussels during the Media & Learning Conference.

The first milestone for the Media & Learning Association has been reached with the announcement of the first 12 members from 8 different countries which includes the Spanish Confederation of Educational Centres (CECE) in Spain, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) in Ireland, CSP in Italy, KU Leuven, Teaching and Learning Department, in  Belgium, Kennisnet in the Netherlands, AUNEGE (Association des Universités pour le développement de l'enseignement numérique en Economie et Gestion) in France, Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA) in Eston