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About

The Media & Learning Association (MLA) or to give it its full name the MEDEA: MEDIA & LEARNING ivzw is an international, not-for-profit association set up in 2012 under Belgian law to promote and stimulate the use of media as a way to enhance innovation and creativity in teaching and learning across all levels of education in Europe. Members include national and regional agencies charged with the promotion of innovation in teaching and learning as well as universities, ministries of education and schools’ networks.

The Media & Learning Association has three different types of members:

At present the most important activities of the association are:

  • The organisation of the annual Media & Learning Conference which is run each year in collaboration with partners who have included in the past the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training and KU Leuven. These conferences attract on average 300 participants mostly from Europe.
  • The organisation of online events including the Online Media & Learning Conference series focused largely on Higher Education, the Media Literacy webinar series and Media & Learning Workshops aimed at our members and others in specific areas, e.g. meeting the requirements of the new EU Accessibility guidelines, sharing best practice during the pandemic, working with 360 degree video, etc..
  • The organisation of the annual MEDEA Awards, which recognises excellence in the use of media to support learning

The main governing body of the Media & Learning Association is the Management Board which meets on a monthly basis and which is responsible for all major decisions including the approval of new members. This board is elected on an annual basis at the Association’s AGM. Day-to-day management of the association is the responsibility of Sally Reynolds, the Association’s Chief Operating Officer.

The association’s main communication channel is the Media and Learning News site which highlights general news and information about the use of media and film in education and training across all sectors. It also carries news about the various events and initiatives organised by the Media & Learning Association. A monthly Media and Learning Newsletter is published which includes a digest of current items from the news site, this newsletter is sent out to more than 10,000 readers.

The association provides a European project facilitation and knowledge sharing service for its members including network facilitation. This includes participation in European supported projects and SIGs on topics related to the innovative use of media in teaching and learning. The association is currently participating in the following project as a partner:

  • SMILES: This Media Literacy project that is all about helping young people learn how to combat fake information. It will develop and pilot a series of workshops aimed at students aged 12-15 to be delivered in libraries and schools in the Netherlands, Spain and Belgium.
    • Funded under: Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership
    • Duration: March 2021 – February 2023
    • Lead: National Library of The Netherlands
    • For more information, visit the project website:
  • StrategyHack: Focussed on capacity building amongst mid-level institutional leaders strengthening the connections between high-level management strategy and digital-pedagogical level
    • Funded under: Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership
    • Duration: March 2021 – February 2023
    • Lead: Politecnico di Torino, Italy
    • For more information, visit the project website

The association is represented in several European-wide initiatives and expert communities such as EDMO , EMIL – the Media and Information Literacy Taskforce of EPRA and the Media Literacy Experts Group of the European Commission.

MEDEA : MEDIA & LEARNING ivzw
Leuvensesteenweg 132, 3370 Roosbeek, Belgium
Telephone: +32 16 28 40 40
E-mail: info@media-and-learning.eu

Become a Member!

Membership of the association is open to:

  • Organisations including higher education institutions, national or regional platforms or government agencies and any other organisation that shares our goals and interests. Annual membership costs 500 Euro.
  • Sponsoring partners including tools and platform providers and any other company offering materials and services of potential interest and value to our membership. Annual membership costs 1500 Euro.
  • Network partners including International, European, national and regional networks who share a common interest in the use of media to support learning. Details about membership cost upon request.

Membership forms and detailed information about the benefits of each type of membership are available from  the Secretariat.