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News from the field of e-learning

Although the summer is usually a quiet time for people working in the e-learning business, some organisations and projects continued their activities during these months. Sally Reynolds from ATiT has gathered news about recent developments and activities.

The MEDEA awards 2010
Following the closing date of the MEDEA Awards, the organisers are delighted to announce that they have received 140 educational media entries from schools, production facilities, broadcasters and other educational media producers. Submissions vary considerably from linear video clips showing scientific processes to media-rich websites created by networks of teachers in different European countries. 3D animations and moving image essays along with multimedia resource banks aimed at particular topics are all included in this year’s list of entries. Judging takes place in August and September and a list of finalists will be announced in early October.
The final awards ceremony when the winners will be announced takes place during the Media and Learning conference on 25-26 November in Brussels.

EduTubePlus begins pilot phase
The eContentPlus project, EduTubePlus, begins piloting its multi-lingual curriculum-related video-based e-service for European schools in September. This service will be piloted in 8 counties involving over 70 teachers. This pilot will continue until January 2011 and will provide the partners with important feedback about the operation of the EduTubePlus platform in schools before its launch as a service in 2011.

Copyright in Higher Education
JISCmedia in the UK have recently launched an interesting video clip on YouTube called Copyright and Moving Images in Education: The Open University Case Study which raises a lot of questions in relation to the use of video resources for education. Hear what a range of different practitioners have to say about the practicalities of dealing with copyright issues in their everyday work.