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
    Luc Delrue, Secretary General of the Department for Culture, Youth, Sports & Media, Belgium
  • Media literacy from the EU perspective: how to empower citizens with critical thinking towards the media?
    Roberto Viola, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Searching for balance: reflecting on media in (culture) education
    Barend van Heusden, University College Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Media, Learning, and Critical Thought
    Jeff Rubenstein, Kaltura, USA
  • Ethical journalism as an inspiration for responsible communication
    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.


Moderator: Dirk Terryn, CANON Cultuurcel, Flemish Ministry of Education and Training, Belgium

Put scientific discovery in your students' hands

Master Class
WeDo 2.0 from LEGO Education 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 Jochen Didden & Catherine Roden, Hogeschool PXL, Belgium. Handouts: handouts

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
Moderator: Eleonora Pantò, CSP, Italy

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.

  • RTBF Media Literacy Strategy
    Stéphane Hoebeke, RTBF , 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
  • How Spanish broadcasters and civil society support media literacy
    María Gaton Fraile, ICmedianet, Spain
  • The media literacy programmes at Media Smart
    Sue Eustace, Media Smart, UK
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
Moderator: Sónia Hetzner, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

The role of media in the continuing professional development of teachers


More and more teacher education and support systems are using video recordings, MOOCs, 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
Moderator: Jens Vermeersch, GO! Onderwijs, Belgium


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
Facilitator: Yvonne Crotty, DCU, Ireland

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.

  • Actua in de klas 'How can a public broadcaster make its factual content available in the classroom?'
  • Magna Carta & the Emergence of Parliament
    Andrew Payne, The National Archives, UK
  • 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
  • The affective function of a Greek animation-making project
    Eirini Arnaouti, Model Lyceum of the Evangeliki School of Smyrna, Greece
Moderator: Ene Koitla, HITSA, Estonia

Media literacy in practice: The MediaCoach Programme


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.

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
Moderator: Ruth Kerr, University of Naples "Federico II", EMMA project, Italy

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 & Song Imm Mok, Xingnan Primary School, Singapore
  • Photography in the classroom
    Evy Raes, Kijk! vzw , Belgium
Moderator: Karl Desloovere, 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.

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:

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 presented by Stéven Huitorel, Learn English with Les tutos de Huito, France
  • Labhair Linn! Cabhraigh Linn! - Speak with Us! Support Us! presented by Edel Crosbie, Ireland
  • La Moselle ensauvagée presented by Fabienne Granero-Gerard , Université de Lorraine, France
  • Magna Carta & the Emergence of Parliament presented by Andrew Payne, Head of Education & Outreach, The National Archives, UK
  • Multimedia Wismo presented by Nicolas Burlet, Nadasdy Film, Switzerland
  • PopuLLar submitted by Mosaic Art & Sound, UK; Kindersite, UK; Universidad de Valladolid , Spain; Kulturring in Berlin, Germany; Language School Pelikan, Czech Republic; Çukurova University, Turkey & 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 presented by Aleksandra Andonoska, Primary school “Goce Delchev” - Prilep, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)

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.

MEDEA Awards 2016
  • 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. During the reception you will have the chance to meet many of the people on the conference programme and to share your ideas and plans related to media education and media literacy. You will also meet our MEDEA Awards finalists and many of the practitioners taking part in Media & Learning. Make sure to have your conference programme and list of participants close to hands and leave the rest to us!

About the Evens FoundationEvens Foundation - Sponsor of the Media & learning Conference 2016

The Evens Foundation is a public benefit foundation based in Antwerp, Belgium, and with offices in Paris and Warsaw. The Evens Foundation initiates, develops and support projects that encourage people and ultimately nations to live together harmoniously in Europe. The three programs of the Foundation are Peace Education, European Citizenship and Media.

Evens Foundation Media Programme

Within is Media Programme the Evens Foundation aims to stimulate efforts to increase media literacy - by raising critical awareness - which implies comprehension and cultural awareness, and by encouraging media creativity. Both of these contribute to the development of highly aware, active and responsible citizens. The media programme focuses on learning about the media, with media as an expected outcome. It aims to develop both critical understanding of the media and active participation in the media (production). The Evens Foundation focuses on supporting projects that "empower citizens with the critical problem-solving skills to make them judicious consumers ans producers of information(...)". In addition, the Evens Prizes for Media Education and European Journalism are awarded biennially.


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