Welcome to Our Community of Practice & Let us know who you are
Welcome to Our Community of Practice
If you are interested in finding out about the use of media (audio, video, graphics and animation) in education and the wide variety of specific topics surrounding this subject, just join us! First launched as a conference community for the Media & Learning Conference in Brussels 2010, the participants’ positive feedback encouraged us to relaunch the community but bigger and better!
Register for free to share your views in online discussions, discover and share media-enhanced learning resources in an online repository and expand your professional network.
Let us know who you are
If you have just registered to this vibrant Media & Learning Community, welcome aboard and introduce yourself to our friendly crowd!
We believe that it is only when video and audio are routine components of education and online learning that we will have an educational environment that reflects the media-rich world in which our learners now live. What do you think?
Hi, I'll start things off then!
I work in the Belgian company ATiT, for which I help organise the Media & Learning Conference and I have been involved in the MEDEA Awards since the launch in 2007. The MEDEA Awards is an annual competition that recognises and promotes media-enhanced learning, so I am interested to learn about new initiatives through this community and share media-enhanced resources that I come across with all of you. See you soon =)
I am e-learning methodologist at Liepaja University, Latvia, for around ten years. I am smarter in pedagogy for e-learning than in technology.
I also trying to do my PhD thesis on web 2.0 tools' usage for computer-supported collaborative learning in blended learning settings and, of course, from pedagogy point of view. ;)
I am very interested in use of media in education - not only in higher education but in education as common as I have two children and also teaching at primary school for one hour in week.
Ready for discussions....:)
I am a researcher in the development office and teach multimedia, part-time, to first year psychology applied to IT students at IADT. My research focuses on the intersection of multimedia technology, pedagogy and emergent 4G wireless mobile web technologies that can deliver learning content.
I have been involved in the MEDEA Awards since 2009 and look forward to being part of this evolving community of practice - expanding our knowledge on all matters related to media enhanced learning.
I am a teacher of English in a junior high school in Rome, Italy. I am eTwinning pedagogical advisor for my region as I have been an etwinner since the beginning and I'm an etutor for teachers of languages. I like experimenting the use of technology in learning and I'm involved now in a pilot project proposed by EUN and Acer on the use of netbooks both at school and at home.
I am involved with media production for learning since the days of slides, overheads and black and white video... :-) Yes, that is long ago. Since then, I am busy as a producer and researcher in this domain and as a lecturer in design of learning media.
My main interest is in the quality issue of media for education, that means production quality just as much as pedagogical quality. Although that the YouTube generation may contradict me in this, I am of the conviction that there is a direct connection between both.
I'm currently a Learning Technologist at the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Physiotherapy at the University of Nottingham. In contrast to Lasma above, I'm more of a technical than pedagogical Learning Technologist, though I do have a good grounding in e-learning pedagogy, I hope.
With colleagues in the School's e-learning group I've been involved in developing interactive multimedia 'learning objects'. We're increasingly using video in teaching projects for both efficiency and pedagogical reasons.
My main love is languages, in which field I worked at the University of Hull for 10 years prior to Nottingham, and with which I retain involvement in my personal time through managing the EUROCALL website and continuing to learn languages (primarily Italian and Scots Gaelic). I would very much like to return to the field of Computer-Aided Language Learning (CALL) full-time at some time in the future.
I have a personal website with portfolio and details of personal interests.
I work in the same field actually where involoved in enhancing and facilitating the use of new and emerging technologies in higher education . I work in Birzeit University in Palestine . My educational and experience Backgrounds are mixed actually technical and pedagogy; where I have BSc in Electrical Engineering and Master in Education, and I have worked in the fields of IT and Education and Educational Technolgoy. Even the technical part takes powerful role in my life , but I am very inclined to the pedagogy especially in using new technologies.
I believe with the critical role that pedagogy can play to protect from the misuse of new technologies.!!
So; Peter : you are right in saying that the educational environment should reflect the world of our todays students BUT to improve this world not just to replicate their non-guided fond of new technology !!!
finally, I have joined this community mainly to share and learn about the issues regarding the pedagogy of using technology in education and the innovative educational use of the new technologies .
I am a teacher, I am working at Videoscop. It is the multimedia and audio-visual production department of Université Nancy2. I am implicated in the production projects mainly for the pedagogical aspects. I make links between content authors and audio-visual and multimedia technicians. I ‘am interesting by the use of learning media especially how to produce and use them to improve learning. Before to work at Videoscop I was the author and tutor of a number of online training courses, including quality, production and project management, as well as teacher training courses in instructional design and tutoring distance learning courses.
I am Maarten Roos, a filmmaker and former planetary scientist. I have been making film full time since 2006 and most of my productions have been related to science and technology, many of them with an educational angle to it. I have been focussing on the age groups 15+. I have been developing film concepts that involve touchable elements, as opposed to (too many) computer animations. So I have been working with art (for example sand and ice sculptures, painting, drawing, music) to get the message across. Also, I believe that getting the scientist out of the office and letting her/him be a fun person, without getting ridiculous, is important is catching the connection with the audience. In my films you will see a lot of that. Of course, all this without losing the correct content of the science itself. You can see most of my work on vimeo at http://www.vimeo.com/lightcurvefilms/albums.
I am currently working on a documentary for portuguese national TV, about a two groups of scientists from Lisbon who went to the Arctic to study Mars. In 2009, I made a documentary about the structure of the Galaxy, that was broadcast on dutch TV (see http://www.spiralgalaxy.nl).
My most recent full scale educational project involved space exploration and LEGO MINDSTORMS. It is a pilot project and it was tested by a class from a school in Hungary. See www.vimeo.com/channels/rosettascomettouchdown and the associated pdf file (link in the right column). See the hungarian report on: http://www.europlanet-eu.org/outreach/images/stories/ep/Outreach/best_pr...
Please be in touch if you have feedback or ideas!
At ATIT in Belgium I work as an editor/video-reporter and I am involved in different European projects in the field of education & media. I had the chance to record the interviews with the finalists of MEDEA Awards 2011, and it is really interesting to hear how these different project develop sometimes without any financial support, but just because people ar so motivated to start using media to develop more creative ways of teaching.
Please have a look on www.medea-awards.com/media-gallery/showcases to discover our growing database of really interesting showcases.
Via this community, I hope to find out more about innovative educational projects that make use of video and multi-media. Especially I am interested in open source software for editing/animation etc.
I believe that the use of video/multimedia can help to make the studied subject way more attractive to the pupils which in the end means they will have a better uderstanding of what they learn. Sometimes 1 image can mean more than 1000 words ;)
Thanks for that link, that is very interesting, I watched a few. There are some good ideas around there. Pitty that sometimes it is hard to get them going (like the Merchant of Venice one).
What is your special interest in the open source software? Development of the software, or usage? Some of the Hungarians students who participated in the testing of the Rosettas Comet Touchdown pilot (see my previous post) used a software to make an animation of the orbit of the comet and the spacecraft. I can put you into contact with them if you want.
I also believe that film / multimedia is simply part of the way people learn at the moment, though I am wondering what is the most effective way of usage. Well, I guess it depends. But I think it is complementary to other ways of learning, not excluding these, but adding value.
Interesting to see the work you do! I watched the Rosetta page, it is an interesting project engaging children with science in a new innovative way. Also your vimeo-page with the sciencefilms is contains a lot of special films. The portraits of the scientists are nice to watch (nice shots) you should have them translated in english!
I am actually involved in a european science project now, it just started (www.sails-project.eu) For this project we are also looking how to integrate video to communicate to the public about the project. These science film can give me some great inspiration. thanks.
Considering the software I am mostly interested in the usage of it, for example to make simple animations about science topics etc. Do you know programs that are appropriate for this purpose?
And it's true that it is always imporant to stay critical about the usage of multimedia, because it can only work indeed when it complements the other learning strategies.
Thanks for watching and for the feedback. Appreciate it.
I learned about the sails project, let me know if I can be of any help.
I myself do not really use these programmes to make animation, normally I have animations made, or I use Motion (Final Cut Studio), for simple animations for my films.
Perhaps I put you in touch with the hungarian teacher, as she can tell you what software they used in the class. It might be and interesting example for you.
yes it would be nice to get it contact with them and maybe learn about thedifferent software. Myself I use after effects and would like to learn also more about motion. It would be interesting to find programs that are user-friendly for teachers/students. thanks
Motion is definitely not a very easy software to use. I mean, it is not difficult, but you do need to sit down and learn how to use it. And of course, it is not open source, free software! And then it only runs on Mac.
I have used Cinema 4D in the past, but also that is not so easy to use (and expensive too).
Hello World 2.0!!
My name is Eftychia Koletsou (but you can call me just Efi). I'm an ICT Teacher at Elementary Schools and a PhD Candidate in the University of Ioannina (Greece). My research interests include ICT & Virtual Reality in Education.
I use a lot different type of digital media in my classroom, but always I'm interesting to find out new one. Generally, I am interesting in challenges and perspectives that help my students open their minds and be creative! ;-)
I am an intern at ATiT, Belgium, where I am taking care of the social media communication and campaign and lending a hand on some other aspects of the company activities.
Before going to Belgium, I worked in a small web design company, in a web tv and in the communication department of an association dealing with international adoptions. I have long been eager about learning and teaching, narrative of any kind and ICT, with a particular focus on the codes and languages part.
To me, ATiT activity field seems to be the perfect combination of the three elements.
Via this community, I hope to start participating in the network of people working in this field and to improve my knowledge of it.
I'm a Doctoral student in Engineering and Knowledge Management at Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. My doctoral thesis is about Social Web and ICTs applied to Distance Education, and now I'm interested in researches about Mobile Learning.
I hope we can exchange ideas and knowledge!
My name is Petros Michailidis and I'm a primary school teacher.
The last couple of years I try to incorporate movies and media in my teaching practice through developing etwinning projects with relative themes. Usually I work with CyberLink PowerDirector , but with my students I prefer movie maker , which is free and not so complicated. The main idea is media not only to be used as a source for my teaching but to learn my pupils the way to create their own sources ( videos and short movies).
This is my first participation in a community relative to media and I hope to learn new tools and practices to implement in my teaching
My name is Aggeliki Grivopoulou and I am teacher of Informatics in a Vocational School of Greece. I use daily many Web 2.0 tools and digital media in my classroom. I have use GoAnimate for animation, Pixton for comics, zondle for questions game, prezi for presentations, kubbu for e-tests, voki for animation and many other. You can see a web site which we made my students and I. http://diktia.weebly.com
I' ve watched some webinars about media & learning and from this confernce, I hope to learn more tools, practises and methods of teaching.
Hi I'm Mark and currently work part-time at Coventry University, in the UK and mainly as a freelance academic. My interest in video in learning began in 1999 with a lecture capture project in the UK called DIVERSE. This has since become an international conference on video and videoconferencing. I've also used machinima extensively in learning due to my focus on virtual worlds as a platform for learning and teaching (my PhD is on Learners' Experiences of Second Life). I've more recently become involved in media for learning again through my work for Ravensbourne College in the UK, which specialises in applying digital technology to design and communication. Since I studied narrative learning environments at the University of Genoa, and have a degree in Media Studies from the Cardiff School of Journalism, I've become involved in Ravensbourne's transmedia work (focusing on transmedia narratives), with some ex-members of the BBC. I've also recently worked with Stelarc documenting his mixed reality performances. I'm not at the conference this year, but am connected with some people who are (hi Deborah!) which is what brings me here. :-)
Hi Mark - just to tell you that many of the sessions this year will be streamed with the support of our partner MediaSite, sadly not the transmedia one though... next year we will ahve to find a way to ahve you join us!
I'm Margarida Romero, researcher in the Erasmus project Stimulating entrepreneurship through serious games (http://www.esg-project.eu/) and assistant professor of Educational Technology (Université Laval).
In may we run the “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” MOOC, a 5 hours course for introducing entrepreneurship, through the use of two Serious Games.
The course begins on May 4th, and is free to register at www.lore.com with the key KFPWM2.
You are welcome to join the course !
Margarida ROMERO, Ph.D.