Please note that the programme will be further developed in the coming weeks and that it is subject to change.

XXI Century competences: Media education to enrich learning and media literacy to empower citizens


This opening plenary session will set the scene for Media & Learning 2016. First, it will highlight the value and impact of media in enriching learning and will provide an opportunity for thought-leaders and senior government and European Commission speakers to share their thoughts on the changing learning landscape. Secondly, beyond formal learning, we will reflect on how to promote that citizens of every age can have a critical understanding of the media as well as the skills to interact with it in a mindful way. This session will highlight the main issues to be discussed over the coming two days and will put this discussion into the broader context of equipping all European citizens with the necessary skills and competences to deal with an increasingly mediatised society as active creators rather than simply passive recipients. This opening session will also include an introduction to the finalists of the MEDEA 2016 Awards.

  • Welcome
    Sven Gatz, Flemish Minister for Culture, Youth, Media and Brussel
  • Roberto Viola, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Searching for balance: reflecting on media in (culture) education
    Barend van Heusden, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Michal Tsur, Kaltura, USA
  • Aidan White, Ethical Journalism Network, UK
Chairperson: Jan De Craemer, Flemish Ministry of Education and Training, Belgium

Coffee break

According to wikipedia, the 'coffee break' allegedly originated in the late 19th century in Wisconsin, USA with the wives of Norwegian immigrants - but in conference terms it has come to mean the time when you meet old friends and catch up on news and developments.

The role of media in cultural education


Open panel discussion with the audience on how media relates to cultural education with an experienced group of panellists.


Put scientific discovery in your students' hands

Master Class

WeDo 2.0 builds on the innovative learning experience of the original platform by giving you improved technology and opportunities to meet science standards in a fun, engaging way. Complete with relevant, real-world projects, WeDo 2.0 takes science exploration out of textbooks and places it directly in the hands of your students.

This master class will be given by LEGO Education.

Social media policies and practices


This presentation and discussion session will feature initiatives that aim to help schools make the best use out of social media in their daily practices.

  • Guide on how to teach children to cope with online violence and war
    Remco Pijpers, Kennisnet, The Netherlands
  • Using IT tools for social media verification
    Peggy Valcke, KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law - iMinds, Belgium
  • Social media literacy strategies and projects in primary and secondary schools
    Laure Van Hoecke, Mediawijs, Belgium

Media literacy in practice


This presentation and discussion session will explore the role of broadcasters, publishers and cross-media in building news literacy at all levels of society including schools and universities.

  • Stéphane Hoebeke, RTBF Media Literacy Strategy , Belgium
  • What do Facts Have to do with It? Identifying and Understanding Instructional Emphasis in the Stony Brook Approach to News Literacy
    Jennifer Fleming, California State University, USA
  • Networked Media, Citizen Journalism and Political Participation?
    Andrea Miconi, IULM University, Italy
  • María Gaton Fraile, ICmedianet, Spain
Moderator: Krisztina Stump, European Commission

Using media in Higher Education


Video offers tremendous possibilities to the higher education sector or so many people argue. Join our expert practitioners to tease out the added value of video.

  • Video Pedagogy: overview of categorisations and scripts
    Blair Stevenson, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Examining the effective use of video in higher education
    Zac Woolfitt, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

The role of media in the continuing professional development of teachers

More and more teacher education and support systems are using video recordings, live coaching and other approaches to help teachers improve their practice. Find out more in this demonstration and discussion session.

  • Bug-in-ear/Interactive Glasses - live coaching of teachers in the classroom
    Kamakshi Rajagopal, Open Universiteit, The Netherlands
  • Developing teachers’ media skills and competences on MOOCs? – Examples from the European Schoolnet Academy
    Ben Hertz, EUN Academy, Belgium
  • Coaching and support to primary teachers in applying inquiry based learning
    Jeff de Ruyter, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands


Lunch will be provided in the conference venue and is free to all registered participants. It will be served buffet-style providing you with plenty of opportunities to meet existing friends and colleagues. You can also use the time to visit the stands hosted by various organisations active in the Media and Learning sector.

Screening session


This screening session is all about the use of documentaries in education.

  • Documentaries across academic disciplines
    Shoshana Eilon, Film Platform, Israel
  • My Jihad in in the classroom – turning documentary material into tools for teachers tackling radicalisation
    Anneleen Ophoff, VRT, Belgium
  • Tommy Bowes Body check applied to English and Science lessons
    Ciarán Kissane, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Ireland
  • Two sides of a history lesson – a documentary about one teacher’s work in helping his students understand the Palestinian/Israel conflict
    Frank Saenen, Xaverius College te Borgerhout, Belgium

Through The Looking Glass

Master Class

2016 will see Virtual Reality take centre stage with the consumer launch of the Oculus and other headsets; this master class will explore the impact these devices will have on education and training and will include hands on demonstrations.

Facilitator: Vin Sumner, Clicks + Links, UK

Pedagogically effective use of media and film in schools


This presentation and discussion session will highlight excellent examples of how media and film is being used to enrich the learning experience for students.

  • The affective function of a Greek animation-making project
    Eirini Arnaouti, Model Lyceum of the Evangeliki School of Smyrna, Greece
  • Viewbrics: Formative Assessment of 21st century skills with video-enhanced rubrics in secondary education
    Ellen Rusman, Open Universiteit, The Netherlands & Kevin Ackermans, Welten-instituut, Open Universiteit, The Netherlands

Media literacy in practice


The MediaCoach programme in Belgium is all about preparing professionals including teachers, youth workers and librarians who work with young people to integrate media literacy into their work practices. The programme provides participants with a theoretical framework as well as focusing on concrete media literacy activities. The presentation and discussion panel will include both coaches and people who have taken part in the programme to discuss how it works and to share best practice in implementing a similar scheme in your own context or region.

  • Anne-Claire Orban, Media Animation, Belgium
  • Sara Dejaeghere, Katholiek Onderwijs Hinterland Gistel, Belgium
Moderator: Tim Verbist, Evens Foundation, Belgium

Innovative use of video in MOOCs


This session is all about the value and impact of video in MOOCs.

  • "LoCoMoTion" techniques and methods and infrastructure for the low-cost production of MOOCs
    Jörn Loviscach, Fachhochschule Bielefeld (University of Applied Sciences), Germany
  • Research findings on the value of video interventions in MOOCs
    Łukasz Kidziński, EPFL, Switzerland
  • The role of video for online learning
    Anna Hansch, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), Germany
  • Frank Gielen, iMinds, Belgium

The role of media in the continuing professional development of teachers


Presentations will highlight various schemes to enhance the media skills and competences of pre-service and in-service teachers.

  • Media for future teachers and educators – examples of research and practice
    Monika Frania, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland & University of Split, Croatia
  • 'Using Media in primary schools' A course for students in higher education: area Teacher Training and Education
    Vanessa Meersdom, VIVES University College campus Tielt, Beglium
  • Engage in Professional Discourse on Digital Storytelling
    Elaine Jee, MOE, Singapore
  • Photography in the classroom
    Evy Raes, Kijk! vzw , Belgium

Coffee break

According to wikipedia, the 'coffee break' allegedly originated in the late 19th century in Wisconsin, USA with the wives of Norwegian immigrants - but in conference terms it has come to mean the time when you meet old friends and catch up on news and developments.

Media Literacy and Media education in a changing media landscape – Who are the key players and what are their motivations?


In the current changing landscape, citizens able to develop critical thinking towards media content and able to interact with social media in a wise manner are key for healthy democracies. Who are the key players who can contribute to the development of critical thinking towards the media among citizens of all ages? Is this the sole responsibility of public authorities? What are the motivation for public service broadcasters and newspapers to be involved in media literacy and news literacy? Are their initiatives far-reaching enough? What is the attitude toward media literacy form new players such as social media? What can regulators do? What is the right mix of actions among formal education, non-formal education and citizens’ actions?

Speaker: Alison Preston, Head of Media Literacy Research, Ofcom, UK
During her presentation to launch this panel discussion, Alison will summarise recent Ofcom data on the media habits and opinions of children aged 3-15 and their parents, and adults aged 16+. Ofcom’s media use and attitudes reports show trends since 2005 in the areas of take-up and use of different media, with a particular focus on online habits and attitudes.

Panelists to include:

  • Margaret Boribon, European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA), Belgium
  • Katia Segers, Centre for Studies on Media and Culture (CEMESO), VU Brussels, Belgium
  • Emmanuelle Machet, European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA), France
  • Nathalie Labourdette, European Broadcasting Union (EBU) , Switzerland
Chairperson: Mari Sol Pérez Guevara, DG CNECT, European Commission

MEDEA Awards Ceremony 2016


Now into its 8th year, the annual MEDEA Awards have established themselves as a key benchmark in identifying excellent use of media at all levels of education. This awards ceremony will bring to light the very best of this year’s entries when the winners of the main awards and prizes will be announced.

Introduction to the MEDEA Awards 2016 by the Awards Host followed by a short presentation of the each of the finalists.

  • Apprendre l'anglais avec les Tutos de Huito
  • Labhair Linn! Cabhraigh Linn! - Speak with Us! Support Us!
  • La Moselle ensauvagée
  • Magna Carta & the Emergence of Parliament presented by Andrew Payne, Head of Education & Outreach, The National Archives, UK
  • Multimedia Wismo
  • PopuLLar submitted by Mosaic Art & Sound, UK, Çukurova University, Turkey, Language School Pelikan, Czech, Kindersite, UK, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain, Kulturring in Berlin, Germany & Opera Bazar, Italy and presented by Joel Josephson, Kindersite, UK and Susana Gomez, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
  • Science Bits presented by Paul Banti, International Science Teaching Foundation and Science Bits, Spain
  • Walking through the nature

The presentation of the finalists will be followed by an announcement of the winners of this year’s MEDEA Awards and the presentation of their prizes.

Awards in order of presentation.

  • Winner of the Prize for European Collaboration
  • Winner of the Prize for best use of media supported Science teaching
  • Winner of the Prize for best use of media in Higher Education
  • Winner of the Prize for best use of media in language teaching
  • Winner of the Jury Prize
  • Winner of the Audience Favourite Prize
  • Winner of the MEDEA Awards 2016 User-Generated Award
  • Winner of the MEDEA Awards 2016 Professionally Produced Award

Networking Reception Hosted by Evens Foundation

Make sure to bring plenty of business cards and get ready to meet lots of new people during this highly interactive networking reception where we mix business with pleasure.


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