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Water in Ethiopia

These three multimedia activities were developed in 2009 as part of a distance learning module of the Open University (OU - http://www.open.ac.uk) in the UK. The module, ‘Environment: journeys through a changing world’ takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching environment and sustainability to new undergraduate students of all ages. Approximately 2000 students have completed the module since it started. It will be presented for several years to come and is available throughout Europe.
The module is divided into six blocks of study that take students on a journey to six different locations around the world. Focusing on Ethiopia, these three self-contained DVD-based activities are an integral part of Block 3 of the module. Students use printed books as their primary learning source and are referred to the DVD as required. The three activities use a blend of video and other resources to teach specific aspects of water use and water resources management. By incorporating questions, they encourage students to explore the learning resources and extract key points of information.

The video components of the activities, modified for viewing without the supporting text and other resources, can be downloaded free from iTunesU: http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/water-in-ethiopia-for-ipod/id380226151#...

A more detailed description of the project is available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website: http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/water-in-ethiopia-three-activities-...

Patient Safety - Mildred's Story

This film, based on real life experiences, created by Jon Shears video producer at the University of Leicester (http://www2.le.ac.uk), follows elderly patient Mildred from suffering a stroke, through a number of experiences in hospital to a final life-threatening incident. This fictional story is aimed primarily at student doctors to explore and discuss patient safety issues and to provide tools for dealing with problems.

A more detailed description of the project is also available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website: http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/patient-safety-mildreds-story

Pronunciation Tips

The main element of Pronunciation Tips is a series of 44 free videos from BBC Learning English showing the sounds of English. These videos encourage the user to not only practice the sounds of English but also to learn and use the phonetic symbols that represent them.

You can also find a more detailed description of the project in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/pronunciation-tips

Unseen Voices

Created by Sergio López Figueroa in partnership with Brent Council and delivered by Big Bang Lab, Unseen Voices is an interdisciplinary outreach project aiming to engage young people and the community through creative participatory practice using film archives, photographs and live original music. The project helps to create awareness of the importance of remembrance, commemoration, peacekeeping and human rights in today´s world. The main output is to connect historical and contemporary issues such as discrimination, racism and gang violence by looking at the past and creating a debate among students, teachers and the community.

In two-week workshops a group of music students learn the history of the second World War, the Holocaust and Kindertransport (youth refugees in 1939) by learning how to create a film entirely by re-using archive film footage and photography and editing digitised clips, learn where and how to research, copyright issues, make the storyboard and the film, compose the music with support of Music Leader and finally perform live at the Holocaust Memorial Day with the Unseen Voices film in Wembley Town Hall in January 2008.
At a second stage, an educational DVD was produced as a learning resource and distributed to 100 schools in the Borough including four mini documentaries of the whole process and further resources including web resources for the use of teachers and other schools.

You can also find a description of the project in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/unseen-voices.

Moviestorm

Moviestorm was founded in 2003 by Cambridge entrepreneurs Matt Kelland and Dave Lloyd. They began researching into emerging forms of media, and in particular, innovative ways in which game technology could be applied to non-game environments and media. Moviestorm offers an affordable suite of software tools easy to use, that combine to form a full-featured movie-making environment for a broad range of people who have the need for an inexpensive, fast and simple means of making high quality animated movies.

The manual for schools to learn to use Moviestorm is available in the following resource: http://www.media-and-learning.eu/resource/making-movies-with-moviestorm-...

Film Awards and Prizes - University of Leicester

This web page is a list of some interesting educational films produced by Jon Shears and Carl Vivian who both work in Multimedia Services in IT Services of the University of Leicester. Their expertise in creating educational films and teaching materials, and for designing and teaching film production modules has been internationally recognised: here you can find some of the winner films.

Multimedia Training Videos

Multimedia Training Videos is a series of free and open educational resources for learning a variety of multimedia and ICT tools. It was created by members of the MSc in Multimedia of the University of Westminster.
The project is a joint collaboration between Joint Information Systems Committee-JISC, Higher Edcuation Academy and University of Westminster Education Initiative Centre. You can read more about the OER project at the following site: Open Educational Resources Site http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearning/oer.aspx.

LUTube - University of Leeds channel

LUTube is a service from the Leeds University that allows staff and students to share and watch online videos. On the website you can find a lot of different educational and informative kind of videos.

JISC MediaHub Blog

MediaHub is a new JISC-funded service, which makes available collections:
- held by MediaHub. You can view and download the videos, images and sounds, if your college or university subscribes to MediaHub. Institutions can subscribe to MediaHub via the JISC Collections website.
- held on websites that can be accessed by any internet user, without a password.
- held on websites that may require a password for access. You will link from MediaHub to the external website, then login (if you have a valid password), to view or download the resource.

Reusable Learning Objects for Healthcare

A growing repository of interactive multimedia learning objects for students and teachers in Healthcare education, and for Healthcare practioners. The learning objects have been developed by the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Physiotherapy at the University of Nottingham, and are extensively used within and without the UK Higher Education sector. The objects are released under a Creative Commons licence enabling free reuse for non-profit-making educational purposes.

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