The Media & Learning Conferences and Events are at the heart of much of what we do as an association, They are where many of our members get together to share their experience, to learn about new opportunities and to be inspired about how to make the most of media from a learning perspective.
Media & Learning Conferences
The annual Media & Learning Conference has taken place in Belgium since 2010, each time bringing together over 300 innovators, developers, researchers and practitioners from all over the world and particularly from Europe for a two-day face-to-face event, packed with talks, demonstrations, discussions and activities. Each of these face-to-face events has had a specific theme related to the use of media in support of learning and since 2018, these conferences have specifically targeted the Higher Education Sector. These events have also included a busy exhibition area, where leading manufacturers and suppliers have used the event to show their latest products and services and to engage directly with their target customers.
Media & Learning Online events
In 2020, the Media & Learning Association launched its Media & Learning Online event series. These events are made up of a mix of webinars with presentations by experts and leading practitioners, online discussions and networking moments and online exhibition and demonstration opportunities. Intended as a way to complement the annual conferences, these events cover general themes and concerns as well as specialist topics. They are offered free to association members and with a small fee to non-members. In 2021, the Media & Learning Association plan to organise a total of 4 days of such online events, 2 in spring and 2 in Autumn. To date, these events have specifically been targeted at the Higher Education sector.
Creating the content
Where possible, a call for inputs is issued for all conferences and events and the agenda is created through a mix of selection from those inputs we receive as well as a significant number of invited inputs from within our membership as well as the wider community. The emphasis in all our events is on innovation and informed practice. We are keen to identify ways in which media can make learning more effective, more sustainable and more efficient as well as keeping a very close watch on innovation in order to prepare for the learning needs of students in the coming decades.
The planning of all Media & Learning Conferences and Events is led by the elected board of the association supported by the Association Secretariat and with the input of the membership. A dedicated and hard-working Advisory Committee is also charged with much of the planning and realisation of events and conferences. Membership of this committee is reviewed and renewed regularly.