The Media & Learning conference will include:
Plenary sessions include well-known and provocative speakers on the overall topic of Media Education and Literacy and how best to equip learners for open, creative learning futures. Elaborated profile pages about these speakers and their interests will be made available online before the conference and their presentations will be streamed during the conference. During plenary sessions, conference participants will be invited to put forward their comments and questions to the speakers via the conference interaction service, Pigeon. These sessions will be recorded and made available online after the conference.
Each screening includes a guided tour of a specific production or media-supported service, project or initiative followed by a short question and answer opportunity. The emphasis is on 'show-and-tell' which includes demonstrations of applications in some cases.
Presentation and Discussion Sessions
These sessions will be devoted to each of the main conference themes. They will include an introduction to the theme by one or more inspirational speakers followed by debates and discussions addressing the core issues related to each theme. Where relevant, experiences will be presented and examples shown and each theme will be linked to online discussion space available in the conference community where everyone involved can prepare beforehand by sharing material and resources. This space will also be maintained for at least 4 weeks after the conference.
Demonstration Spaces in the Conference Play Area
Building on the success and popularity of the play area, more space will be available during the 2013 conference to explore new tools and services that can be used to enhance the learning experience. Dedicated space online will be made available to promote the tools and services included in these spaces.
These classes provide an opportunity to go in depth into a particular subject. They will be led by experts, the numbers of participants will be limited and the objective is to provide participants with a specialised introduction which will include providing them with an extended list of references and useful resource material. Conference participants will be invited to book for these sessions beforehand.
Several half and whole day workshops will be organised on Wednesday 11 December in Brussels and Leuven in association with Media & Learning 2013. These events provide an opportunity to explore several specific topics in depth and are linked to on-going initiatives. Conference participants will be invited to book for these sessions beforehand.