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Using Media to Enhance the Learning Process

Media & Learning Conference

14 & 15 November 2012

The Media & Learning Conference taking place in Brussels on 14 and 15 November 2012 is aimed at anyone who wants to find new and effective ways to use media to enhance the learning process. It has three main themes:

  1. mapping future trends and developments in media-enhanced learning in all sectors;
  2. boosting skills and competences in media production, use and re-use of media-enhanced content;
  3. tracking the importance of media literacy and wisdom as fundamental building blocks in the creation of innovative, inclusive and future- proof education and training.

The conference programme is now available online. Keynote speakers include Xavier Prats Monné, Deputy Director-General for Education at the European Commission and Guus Wijngaards, who will present his take on the educational media trends of the future based on the recent highly rated NMC Horizon Report. Andrew Keen, author of Digital Vertigo: How Today’s Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us will put forward his controversial ideas about social media and will also join fellow speaker Pedro De Bruyckere, author and educational scientist in a discussion with the audience into the myths that surround the value and impact of video and social media and the expectations of GenY.

Developmental psychologist, Edith K. Ackermann will describe the new media ecology and new genres of engagement while Marci Powell from Polycom will talk about global trends in media-enhanced learning. Brian O’Neill from Dublin Institute of Technology and EU Kids Online, will put forward his ideas on how education fares in today’s media and communications environment.

The programme features an in-depth look into media literacy schemes and policies with reports on what is happening at a national level given by Anniina Lundvall from the Finnish Society on Media Education and Alberto Parola from the Italian Association of Media Education. Cross-border reviews of media literacy and education schemes will be presented from the EMEDUS study and the MEDEAnet investigation into 7 European countries. Face-to-face discussions on the current status of media literacy in Europe will be backed up with online debate and knowledge sharing.

We will be talking about schemes that introduce media by learning how to make media aimed at young people like the hands-on film-making courses run by Susanne Wad & Torben Larsen from Denmark, the online news website Clicnews run by children living in areas of social disadvantage in Ireland described by Kate Shanahan and the sessions run by Roel Simons from The Netherlands.

There will be discussions about creative classroom led by Yves Punie, IPTS leader of the Up-Scaling Creative Classrooms in Europe (SCALE CCR) initiative, reports on social media networks in schools and in teachers’ lives arising from the Tellnet project led by European Schoolnet and a session about the role of broadcast television led by the European Broadcast Union.

The programme includes both discussion and presentation sessions dedicated to the latest developments in lecture capture and speakers will include Marko Puusaar from the Estonian Information Technology College, Estonia, Carlos Turro Ribalta, from Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain and Roman Verraest, from KU Leuven, Belgium.Interaction and exchange are central to what the Media & Learning Conference is about. You can join the online conference community to share knowledge and experience before, during and after the conference and also join the active Media & Learning groups in Facebook and LinkedIn. We also provide Pigeon, the SMS messaging service, during the conference which ensures you can easily get in touch with other participants during the conference without revealing your mobile number.

Registration is now open and includes an opportunity to attend for free by taking advantage of the Media & Learning recommendation offer: get a refund on your registration fee by having your friends and colleagues register with your registration code – if 4 or more do this, you attend for free. To find out more about Europe’s only conference dedicated entirely to media and learning, visit the conference website: