The MEDEA Awards: recognising excellence in the use of digital video and audio in learning


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On 31 November 2007, the MEDEA Awards 2008 were launched at Online Educa Berlin with a presentation by Dr. Clive P.L. Young, University College London in United Kingdom, and Helle Meldgaard from The Danish IT Centre for Education and Research (UNI-C) in Denmark. The presentation was called "MEDEA Awards 2008 - Encouraging the use of video and sound in Education".

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The MEDEA Awards: recognising excellence in the use of digital video and audio in learning

  1. 1. The MEDEA Awards: recognising excellence in the use of digital video and audio in learning Dr Clive Young University of St Andrews, Scotland
  2. 2. ubiquitous video
  3. 3. “at the beginning of something” o “watching YouTube, I feel like the first cinema audiences must have felt… o …when I look at these clips, I sense I am at the beginning of something: a medium that hasn’t yet found its feet but any day now will burst into life ” life. (Mark Ravenhill, The Guardian UK, 26/11/07)
  4. 4. the video blizzard - outcomes o ownership of the means of production (and, importantly, distribution) o new visual representation of the self (the Skype syndrome) o quality neutrality ‘fit f purpose’ lit t lit for ’ o human web ‘people2people’ o yearn to learn + need to teach
  5. 5. visual learning
  6. 6. visual learners o visual learning: it is everywhere!!! resistance is futile!!! (Curt Bonk, Indiana) o neomillenial learner: “fluent in multiple media values each for the media… types of communication, activities, experiences, experiences and expressions it empowers.” (Chris Dede, Harvard) o but but…
  7. 7. “top 10” educational uses 1. Students design and shoot own video 2. Presentation/performance skills, feedback 2 P t ti / f kill f db k 3. Videoing 'real events' in situ 4. 4 Video case studies, sims etc studies 5. Video blogs 'think aloud' 6. Interview expert / expert presentation 7. Instructional 'how to' 8. Animated screen shots 9. Authentic archive video 10. Talking head lectures etc
  8. 8. more about this in
  9. 9. many projects and networks
  10. 10. “the trend is very clear…” now that video is easily o created (cheap cameras, cheap and easy editing) or o found (eg on the web, Google/YouTube), o transported (video is compressed and thus p ( p small: on laptop, over the internet) and o displayed (more DVDs and videobeamers in classrooms, classrooms videoplayers on all PCs easy PCs, embedding in web and in learning platforms) “video is now being used increasingly on all video levels and all forms of education and training: primary and secondary, HFE, lifelong learning and in company training” (Mathy Vanbuel, Nov 2007)
  11. 11. a shared pedagogical vision… “only when video and audio are routine components of education and online learning will we have an educational environment that reflects the media-rich world in which our learners now live”
  12. 12. What next? o “nobody seems quite sure what to do with the possibilities of the new p media, or even what the new possibilities are. But somewhere out there are new ways of t lli d th f telling dramaticti stories, new ways of viewing ourselves as human beings Well I’m up for it I’m beings. Im it. I m excited. I want to experiment with the possibilities. possibilities ” (Mark Ravenhill, The Guardian UK, 26/11/07)
  13. 13. a new award… o Informal group of experts o M i Images in Ed Moving I i Education ti European Award o Starts 2008 o “t encourage i “to innovation and ti d good practice in the use of digital moving images and sound in education” di d ti ”
  14. 14. the MEDEA awards o typically online / internet / virtual learning environment o used as an integral part of a programme of study o open to anyone working with or in European p education at all levels
  15. 15. MEDEA Criteria o materials and approaches that demonstrate original and successful use of media with students to achieve clearly defined educational outcomes. o may range from ‘courseware’ and resources to support specific learning activities to student productions integrated into a programme of study. o th quality of the materials th the lit f th t i l themselves i i l is important t t and judges will also consider the aesthetic, usability (e.g. interface design), accessibility and technical criteria appropriate to the learning context. pp p g o MEDEA is particularly keen to encourage groundbreaking applications of moving images and sound in education. – In addition to the main award, the judges may at their discretion present a special award to an approach or production in recognition of exceptional innovation in p pedagogic or technical design. g g g
  16. 16. who’s behind all this? o MEDEA Committee and Jury (provisional list) Coordinators: Helle Meldgaard (UNI-C, Denmark), Mathy Vanbuel (ATiT, Belgium), Clive Young ( ( g ) g (University of St y Andrews, Scotland), Nikki Cortoos (ATiT, Belgium) o Steering Committee: In the steering committee European and international g p organisations will be represented that are involved in promoting and advancing the use of digital video and audio in education. The steering committee will be asked to i t give recommendations about th entries. Th fi l d ti b t the t i The final decision will however be in the hands of the jury. o Jury members: The jury will be composed of key players in the field, representatives of higher education institutions, research centres, production houses and broadcasters specialised in the use of audio and visual material in education Jury education. members cannot submit any entries in this competition.
  17. 17. how do I enter? o Entries must be submitted by 5pm on the 30th September 2008 using the form provided on the website. o MEDEA @ Online Educa Berlin 2008 Special parallel sessions will be dedicated to the use of video in education at Online Educa 2008 to present and discuss the award winning applications of video and audio in education. education
  18. 18. http://www.medea-