Media & Learning Online: Autumn 2021

Part of series: Conferences

Managing and innovating video-based services in Higher Education

This one day Media & Learning Online Conference will take place on Thursday 18 November and is aimed at everyone interested in enhancing teaching and learning in higher education with the support of media. 

The conference programme is focused on the following topics:

Active learning supported by media

According as life on many campuses returns somewhat to normal, we plan to share ideas about how media can be used on and offline to support truly interactive and participative learning. Whether this is to do with enhancing lecture capture, incorporating interactive practices during live online sessions or finding ways to make self-study more engaging – the name of the game is student engagement – join us to share ideas about how to do this successfully.

Choosing and using different video formats for different pedagogical settings

For many, the choice of which video format to opt for in a learning setting is dictated by factors such as available resources, experience and knowledge rather than by suitability from a pedagogical point-of-view. We would like to share and discuss how these choices are made in higher education generally and to figure out ways to streamline and enhance this process.

Managing the demand for audiovisual learning support services

The production of educational multimedia in universities has gone into overdrive with the crisis, and the pressure this has put on service managers and staff is very high. In discussing this topic, we realise that we are opening a veritable Pandora’s Box of challenges and issues, what services should be supported? how to manage internal service practices is ways that are sustainable? how can innovation be supported?

Along with a programme packed with thought-provoking talks, engaging discussions and demonstrations of different tools and services, the programme will also feature a showcase of the finalists in the MEDEA Awards 2021, followed by an announcement of this year’s winner.

Our agenda for this one day Media & Learning Online Conference is all about learning from the experiences of delivering media supported teaching and learning during the pandemic as many universities and higher education institutions return to more campus-based scenarios.

09:30 – 09:35

Host for the day: Sally Reynolds, Media & Learning Association

09:35 – 10:35
Managing the demand for audiovisual support services - the changing role of Centres for Teaching and Learning

One of the most striking changes that has taken place in higher education over the last year is the dramatic move online brought about by the pandemic.  Responsibility for supporting academic staff and students in the move online which included a dramatic increase in the use of media to support, facilitate and enhance learning lay with a variety of different centres, departments and units known by a plethora of different names. During this presentation and discussion centre we plan to explore where and how such centres are positioning themselves for the future, what is their role and how best should they prepare for the challenges ahead. (presentation)


Moderator: Michel Beerens, NewMediaCentre, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

10:35 - 10:45
Do you know Mediasite does hybrid events? Meet Mediasite Connect!

Hybrid events are here to stay and Mediasite Connect is our virtual events platform that can help you with that. Deliver valuable and engaging education with Mediasite that is interactive, accessible and highly searchable on-demand in a secure virtual conference hub so your attendees can reference it year-long. Help your attendees, sponsors and vendors connect in a virtual room regardless of their locations. From dynamic virtual expo halls to interactive live chat, polling and Q&A, create an engaging world that will keep attendees coming back for more. You’ll be surprised how many people you can reach when distance is out of the equation.

10:45 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:45
Use of video in pre-service teacher training

Much of the normal placement practice employed by those involved in teacher training at pre-service level has fallen away during the recent pandemic. This coupled with an increasing awareness of the value video can bring in general to teacher education has resulted in a renewed interest in the use of video in teacher training courses and colleges. During this presentation and discussion session we will talk about common practices, innovative activities and what we can learn from research.


  • John McCullagh, Stranmillis University, Belfast, UK Having the best of both worlds: How can digital video support initial teacher education (presentation)


Moderator: Jim Bain, Queen Margaret University, UK

11:45 - 11:55
How can Technology help you teach in a hybrid environment?

Everyone knows that dealing with Technology can be overwhelming and stressful sometimes, but it actually can and should be a facilitator and a support, not a distraction or burden for educators. As a global leader in AV technology, Panasonic shows you how to use technology to teach in a hybrid environment without stress and complicated preparation, and how students benefit as well.

Session leaders: Vanessa Lovric, Product Marketing Manager, &  Stefanie Hartung, Application Specialist and Support Engineer, Panasonic

11:55 - 12:55
Teaching in a hybrid environment

Many teaching staff are now faced with a situation where they are not only expected to continue to teach students remotely online, but are also dealing with the learning needs of students in the class with them. This type of teaching goes by a variety of different names, Hybrid, HyFlex, Flexible, Dual Mode to name but a few. Supporting teaching staff in this situation can be a challenge as they and the services that facilitate them struggle with what for many is a juggling act that far too often results in one group of students feeling left out. During this presentation and discussions session, experienceed practioners will share their tips and suggestions for making hybrid work well from a pedagogical as well as a technical point of view.


Moderator: Fleur Braunsdorf, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

12:55 - 13:30

13:30 - 14:30
Choosing and using different video formats for different pedagogical settings

Probably the most common challenge faced by those providing video support services in higher education settings is helping academics choose for the most appropriate format, one that not only meets their pedagogical objectives but which is also in keeping with the available resources and skill sets as well as meeting student expectations. One of the most successful and comprehensive approaches that has recently come on stream, is the service offered by Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands which not only guides their academics in their choices, but also provides a estimation of what a specific production will cost. Join Wiebe Dijkstra and Pim van Schöll from the NewMedia Centre as they introduce us to this freely available service and join the discussion with our panellists as they talk about their own solutions. (presentation)


Moderator: Zac Woolfitt, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

14:30 - 14:40
5 Ways to Level Up Video Engagement using Camtasia

Learn how you can leverage key techniques in Camtasia that will increase student engagement with your videos. These methods are backed by research showing they improve attention and learning. Level up the engagement of your next educational video by implementing one or all of these tips! (presentation)

Presenter: Shane Lovellette, Strategy Lead - Education

14:40 - 15:30
Active learning supported by media

During this presentation and discussion session, our speakers will share their experiencees of developing and delivering active and engaging media-supported learning for students in different disciplines despite the limitations of lock-down! As we move back to more campus-based learning, it’s a good moment to re-consider what to discard and what to build on in designing learning for the future.


Moderator: Nicolette Karst, Lund University, Sweden

15:30 - 15:40
Creating flexible active learning classrooms using WolfVision solutions

Learn how WolfVision Visualizer and Cynap systems can be used to create outstanding learning spaces, using a video example of an active learning classroom installation at London Business School. Includes insight from Wayne Buttigieg, Head of Infrastructure and Media Services, and Michelle Asbury, Associate Director of learning Innovation and Design at LBS.

Presenter: Simon Sprott, Marketing Editor, WolfVision GmbH

15:40 - 15:50

15:50 - 16:30
MEDEA Awards 2021

Moderator: Sally Reynolds, Media & Learning Association

Meet the representatives of the entries who made it into the final selection round:

Announcing the winner of the audience favourite: Sónia Hetzner, Innovation in Learning Institut, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Germany

Announcing the winner of the Special Jury Award: Wim Van Petegem, KU Leuven, Belgium

Announcing the overall winner of this year's MEDEA Awards: Lalynn Wadera, Deputy Mayor and Alderman with responsibility for Education in Leuven 

16:30 - 16:40
Go even further remotely. How to enhance the Hybrid educational experience.

We have all heard of COVID-19, that's for sure, and we have all responded creatively but very differently to the situation all with the common goal of continuing and enhancing the educational experience.  It hasn't been easy, that's for sure.   Kalyzée has spent the last 2 years equipping most of France's Universities and we have gathered knowledge on the best practices of what is seen in the market today.

Remote learning is here to stay, whether it be in the classroom or at work, but have we enhanced the experience of learning at a distance?  How can we make online learning, hybrid learning, or mixed learning as beneficial as on-site learning?  Kalyzée will present the knowledge and best practices we have obtained over the last two years and how we have developed our solutions to adapt to any situation remote or onsite.  Go even further remotely... enhance your educational experience.

Presenter: Cory Lawing, Kalyzée

Support services in a changing environment

During this closing session we are inviting several experienced support service managers and experts to share their thoughts and concerns according as services adapt to a constantly changing situation in higher education institutions all over the world.  Where resources are under pressure, how best to prioritise? Where facilities are being re-furbished, how to balance between on and offline? Where staff need to be supported? how to provide training and orientation?  just some of the issues we will be addressing.


Moderator: Sónia Hetzner, Innovation in Learning Institut, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Germany

17:15: Close