Special Interest Groups

The work of the Media & Learning Association is organised through Special Interest Groups (SIGs). These are standing committees that include different members of the association and which both direct and provide input and support the work of the association in different areas.

The following SIGs are active:

Special Interest Group on XR in Higher Education

This SIG is organised jointly between MLA and XRERA, an initiative set up by the Centre for Innovation, Leiden University. It is responsible for organising relevant online knowledge exchange sessions on XR in education to members as well as shaping part of the annual Media & Learning conference on the topic of XR.


Current activities of this SIG include:

  • Members of this SIG participate actively in the Advisory Committee which is directly involved in developing the agenda for the annual Media & Learning Conference;
  • Members of this SIG are also directly involved in the programme of online Workshops and Seminars organised for members and others on the topics particularly related tohe use of XR in Higher Education;
  • Contribution of articles and other content to the monthly newsletter on the topic of XR.
  • Engagement in MLA social media channels on the topic of XR in higher education.

Special Interest Group on Management and Support of Media Services in Higher Education

This SIG focuses on the use of media in higher education and brings together members with a specific interest in this topic.


Current activities of this SIG include:

  • Members of this SIG participate actively in the Advisory Committee which is directly involved in developing the agenda for the annual Media & Learning Conference
  • Members of this SIG are also directly involved in the programme of online Workshops and Seminars organised for members and others on specific topics of interest.
  • Operation of a dedicated mail-list on the topic of media in higher education open to members wishing to share knowledge and to collaborate on topics of mutual interest.
  • Direct involvement in MLA European projects related to media in higher education, current projects are StrategyHack and TransACTION!
  • Contribution of articles and other content to the monthly newsletter on the topic of Media in higher education.
  • Engagement in MLA social media channels on the topic of media in higher education.

Special Interest Group on Digital and Media Literacy

This SIG focuses on the topic of digital media education and literacy and brings together members with a specific interest in this topic.


Current activities of this SIG include:

  • Operation of a dedicated mail-list on the topic of digital & media literacy open to members wishing to share knowledge and to collaborate on topics of mutual interest.
  • The organisation of the Wednesday Webinar series of online sessions open to all on the topic of digital & media literacy.
  • Direct involvement in MLA European projects related to digital & media literacy, current projects are SMILES and EDUMAKE
  • Contribution of articles and other content to the monthly newsletter on the topic of digital & media literacy.
  • Engagement in MLA social media channels on the topic of digital & media literacy
  • Representation on behalf of MLA in relevant organisations and fora including EDMO, EPRA and the different expert groups set up by the European Commission.

Special Interest Group on Teacher Training in Digital and Media Literacy

This SIG focuses on pre and in-service teacher education and training in digital and media education and literacy and brings members together with a specific interest in this topic.


Current activities of this SIG include:

  • Contribution to the SIG3 dedicated mail-list on digital media literacy specifically on the topic of teacher education and training in digital and media literacy.
  • Contribution to the organisation of the Wednesday Webinar series of online sessions open to all on the topic of digital media literacy where sessions relate to teacher education and training
  • Organisation of dedicated events on the topic of teacher education and training in digital and media literacy including MLA4MedLit taking place on 19 October 2022.
  • Direct involvement in MLA European projects related to teacher education. .
  • Contribution of articles and other content to the monthly newsletter on the topic of pre and in-service teacher education and training in digital media literacy.
  • Engagement in MLA social media channels on the topic of digital media literacy
  • Representation on behalf of MLA in relevant organisations and fora including the different expert groups set up by the European Commission, including the Expert group on Tackling disinformation and promoting digital literacy through education and training.

Special Interest Group on MEDEA Awards

This SIG oversees the organisation of the MEDEA Awards each year, adjudicating in the case of any disputes or ethical issues and in the selection of jury members.


Current activities of this SIG include:

  • Regular meetings at different times of the year to oversee the organisation of the annual MEDEA Awards
  • Contribution of articles and other content to the monthly newsletter on the MEDEA awards including the annual series of articles about the winners and finalists in the competition.
  • Members of this SIG are responsible for recruitment and preparation of judges, for the operation and maintenance of the online judging platform and for ensuring the fairness of the selection of winners and finalists
  • Outreach and promotion including the selection of commercial sponsors to support the awards
  • Planning of the annual awards ceremony
  • Engagement in MLA social media channels on the topic of the MEDEA Awards.

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