The Media & Learning Conference is an annual event aimed at policy makers and practitioners who want to find out more about how media can be used to enhance learning for people of every age. This year the conference will again take in the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training, Brussels.
We invite interested individuals, project teams, institutions and organisations to submit proposals to give presentations, demonstrations and workshops at this conference, the closing date for submissions is 31st May 2014. More information about the themes for this year will be available from the Media & Learning Conference website shortly.
Check the press release here.
The LACE project brings together existing key European players in the field of learning analytics & Educational Data Mining (EDM) who are committed to build communities of practice and share emerging best practice. LACE will run for 30 months and is led by the Open University in the Netherlands and during its lifetime will organise a range of activities designed to actively and passively integrate communities that are conducting LA/EDM research, early practitioner adopters, and those who are building first-generation commercial or open-source software. ATiT is a partner in this project which had its kick-off meeting in Brussels on 22-24 January. Find out more and join this community.
iPro is a new project which is all about matching the needs of the interactive media and arts design business and higher and further education institutions for Media and Arts Design Studies.
The project already began in October and is in the process of piloting collaboration between HEIs and VET providers in 8 European countries to investigate the potential for a closer collaboration focused on detection of possible skills and competences mismatches between education and the professional world. The partners plan to put in place a pilot mechanism to address this mismatch by designing and piloting a curriculum design framework for use in this specific sector.
You can follow the progress of the project on their recently launched website developed by ATiT,
We have just published the January issue of Media & Learning News!
Highlights include articles about Infrastructure for Lecture Capture on a national scale in Norway by Thorleif Hallén, about the Second annual MEDEAnet report by Sally Reynolds, information about the First AGM of the Media & Learning Association, an article about the Creative Europe Call programme, among many others.
Check out these highlights and much more here!
If you would like to take part in the week-long residential course ‘Creating (Simple) Educational Apps’ running from 10-14 February in Leuven, Belgium places are still available. This hands-on training course provides participants with the basics of creating simple apps for the classroom. There is no need for programming experience as the trainees will work with tools that keep the programming itself to a minimum. Participants will be introduced to the general value apps can have in enhancing learning opportunities for learners of every age, this includes the use of both existing apps and the creation and publication of user-generated apps. Contact Tânia Vargas via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place.
The second edition of the REC:all Lecture Capture workshop was held on Wednesday 11 December as a pre-conference of the Media & Learning Conference 2013. The workshop was held in the state of the art AGORA Learning Centre of KU Leuven in Belgium, where the innovative Flexispace offered 61 participants from 16 different countries a space to listen, discuss, collaborate and network all in the same place.
For the second year running a French university has taken the top professional award at the MEDEA Awards with the announcement that Dans les murs de la Casbah... submitted by Université Rennes 2 is the winner of the MEDEA Professional Production Award. The overall prize for the MEDEA User-Generated Award went to Film English by UAB Idiomes, Spain. The winners were announced during the MEDEA Awards Ceremony which took place as part of the Media & Learning Conference in the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training headquarters in Brussels. This year the competition attracted a record breaking 342 entries from 37 countries. Find out more and take a look at the showreel will all finalists.
The special edition of the Media and Learning News to celebrate the 4th Media and Learning Conference taking place on 12-13 December in Brussels is now available!
Highlights include articles about PLURAL+: A platform for youth media by Jordi Torrent, Report on media education in 4 countries by Remco Pijpers, EMEDUS maps out the future of media literacy in Europe by Juanfran Martinez, MEDEAnet Report on media literacy and media education in the curriculum plus plenty of other news, notifications and announcements related to the use of media in education and training. Read it now!
The Scientix team at European SchoolNet organised a gathering of people responsible for dissemination of European Science projects on 29 November in Brussels. The idea was to find ways in which to collaborate and to ensure the disssemination efforts of individual projects are as effective as possible.
ATiT was represented by Joasia van Kooten on behalf of the SAILS project on assessment in Inquiry based Science Education and by Janine Duchar on behalf of the Inspiring Science Education project which is running large-scale pilot activities in Europe aimed at enthusing and engaging students in science.
Ideas discussed included the organisation of joint activities, common strategies related to engaging teachers, data exchange and sharing and joint initiatives in addressing policy-makers. This event also provided an opportunity for Sally Reynolds from ATiT to give a presentation about the outputs and results of the Web2LLP project on the use of social media by European project managers.
Report highlights the crucial role of teachers in effective media-based learning and education for media literacySubmitted Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 18:30
The second annual report in the ‘Charting Media and Learning in Europe’ series is now available. This report describes the extent to which media-based learning and education for media literacy is incorporated into curriculum design for compulsory level education in Estonia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and the regions of Baden-Württemberg in Germany, Flanders in Belgium and Upper Austria. It also reports on organisations actively engaged in this process and on examples of good practice.
Overall the situation varies greatly from country to country and there is a variety of ways of integrating media-based learning and education for media literacy in the curriculum from an integrated approach across different subjects, to very specific subject related formulations. There is also a significant discrepancy between what is written in curricula and effective daily classroom practice. In other words, even if media literacy is integrated in the curriculum, it mostly still depends on the initiative/freedom/autonomy of the teacher whether or not it is implemented, and in what way. This has led the research team to conclude that the role played by teachers is crucial and to make a recommendation for more investment in relevant teacher training and support.