Media & Learning Online: Spring 2020

This two day online conference on scaling up and providing access to video based services in higher education featured talks and discussions drawing in part on the experiences of universities all over the world in scaling up their video based services in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic. On 17 June, the emphasis was on the experience of recent months from different perspectives; including that of the service provider, the academic and the administrator. Talks also addressed how universities helped and supported their academic staff to make the most out of video and what did – and of course what didn’t – work. We also took a look at what the implications are for policy going forward given the fact that for many, the crisis has been a significant game-changer for higher education.

On June 18, the emphasis switched to the topic of accessibility given the new EU Directive on Accessibility which was to come into operation in September 2020 and which has significant implications for video services in higher education. During the day there were talks on the legal implications of this directive, presentation of results of a research study into the degree of readiness on the part of universities and a discussion about the different options and possibilities available. Part of the discussion focused on whether it is really possible and necessary for higher education providers to comply with the legislation.

Hybrid learning: creating a new ‘normal’

Stuart Perrin, XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang), Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) China

Finding our Way: MIT and Teaching in the time of Corona

Lana Scott, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

The lockdown – a catalyst for digital education

Sonia Hetzner, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Germany

The power of the relationship ecosystem: How academics actually learn to use multimedia

Dominik Lukes, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, UK

Online active learning in an emergency pivot – it’s active learning, but not as we know it

Louise Robson, Sheffield University, UK

Unintended online learners: The student experience of the ‘Corona semester’

Svenja Bedenlier, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Germany

Teacher education in uncertain times and what we learned during a quick fix conversion

Sinikka Neuhaus, Lund University, Sweden

Supporting the digital learning and media divide: the experience of the University of Padova during the covid semester

Cecilia Dal Bon & Marco Toffanin, University of Padova, Italy

Adjusting policies for the future

Panel discussion: Werner Degger, Carlos Turro Ribalta, Anneleen Cosemans & Erik Heijmans

Putting the European Directive into context

Gudrun Stock, European Commission

Will you be imprisoned if your websites, online documents and apps are not accessible?

Eric Velleman, Accessibility Foundation Netherlands, The Netherlands

Preparing to deliver accessible, inclusive, flexible student-centred education using digital technology: challenges and opportunities

Neil Morris, University of Leeds, UK

Making Learning Accessible: Video Requirements For Online Education

Mary Ziegler, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Are European HEIs ready for Web Accessibility Directive? Results of our survey

Maria Popovics, Media & Learning Association and KU Leuven, Belgium

Building staff engagement with video: inclusive policy and practice at the University of York

Richard Walker, University of York, UK

Everyone is using video now – universal design in digital educational video

Andreas Hansen Schille, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

Digital Accessibility at Derby

Claire Gardener, University of Derby, UK

Ensuring access to media resources at HCC

Ruben Duran, Houston Community College, Texas USA

Is it possible to make the change?

Panel discussion: Michel Beerens, Andreas Hansen Schille & Eric Velleman