MEDEA Awards 2020
For more than 12 years, the MEDEA Awards has been encouraging innovation and good practice in the use of media (audio, video, graphics and animation) in education. These annual awards recognise and promote excellence in the production and pedagogical design of media-rich learning resources and bring to the forefront those producers, designers and teaching staff who provide such inspiration to the entire educational community, particularly in Europe.
In tandem with Media & Learning 2020: Images and Sound in Higher Education organised by the Media & Learning Association together with KU Leuven on 17-18 June 2020 in Leuven (Belgium), the MEDEA Awards 2020 invites entries related to or aimed at those involved in higher and continuing education. In recent years there has been a huge increase in the extent to which media in general, and video in particular, is playing a role in these sectors and with this year’s MEDEA awards, we aimed to identify, recognise and reward the very best of what is produced and continues to be produced.
The judges who evaluate entries to the MEDEA Awards recognise the primary role of effective and innovative educational design in the use of media with learners. This means that they will be looking first and foremost for materials and approaches that demonstrate original and successful use of media with learners to achieve clearly defined educational goals, methods and outcomes. The quality of the materials themselves is important as the judges will consider the following criteria, appropriate to the learning context:
- Pedagogical quality: quality of didactics and of communication. Has the target audience been addressed properly? Is there a clear learning objective? Is it likely that the material will result in good learning? Have the producers used principles of good instructional design or sound pedagogical approaches? Has the context of learning been taken into account? Is there a balance between content and form? In recognition of the importance of pedagogical quality, marks for this criterion have a double weight in the final score for each entry.
- Use of media: the choice and selection of the type of media, the advantages of the media selected. Is the type of media chosen used appropriately and in an exemplary fashion? Is the creative quality high?
- Degree of innovation: does this entry stand out from the others? Does it demonstrate extraordinary production values and excellence in terms of its overall production, its originality, the extent to which it demonstrates very good use of limited resources, its engagement of students and/or other staff who are not professionally trained in audiovisual production, its use of cutting edge technology or production practices, its multidisciplinary approach? Are there other reasons either specified by the entrant themselves or very obvious in the judge’s opinion that make this entry stand out?
- Aesthetic quality: attractiveness of materials. Is the style and design consistent and appropriate for the content, the objectives and the target users? Is the entry appealing and pleasing to look at and to use?
- Usability and Technical quality: are there possible flaws in the system and/or compatibility issues? Is it necessary to have unrealistic or advanced technical knowledge or resources to be able to use the system? Is it easy to use the application? Is there support, a tutorial, a set of guidelines, the possibility of feedback or help when necessary?
Terms and Conditions
- Any multimedia material, programme, production, resource, software, tool or service that has been created for use in formal or informal higher and continuing education and/or training can be submitted.
- Such multimedia material may range from a simple video or multimedia production, (materials created by learners and/or teachers are particularly welcome) to complete courses with a prominent integration of media. The MEDEA Awards welcome all multimedia materials, programmes, productions, resources, software, applications, tools or services with a strong media basis produced for higher and continuing education. In summary, any media material that is used to support formal or informal learning activity in higher and further education is eligible.
- There is no restriction regarding the target group(s) for these materials which includes learners, teachers, employees, citizens and trainees at all ages but limited to higher and continuing education. Content can include all possible subject matters.
- There is no restriction regarding the language(s) of the educational media submitted.
- The multimedia production must have been created after 1 January 2018. Of course, the entry may include or consist of older material.
- There is no restriction on the geographical origin, location of use or subject coverage of the submitted materials.
- Media materials that are physically submitted on, for example, CD-rom/DVD as well as any accompanying print manuals, should be submitted in 4 copies and will not be returned to the sender after the competition.
- It is the responsibility of the entrant to make sure that all copyrights (IPR, intellectual property rights) are cleared for the entry he/she wishes to submit. Where there are clear breaches of copyrights or other IPR, the judges will exclude the submission from further assessment. It is recommended at the time of the submission that the entrant provides good documentation and/or evidence as to how IPR or copyright issues related to the submitted media have been resolved.
- Participants are allowed to submit up to 8 entries.
- Once the jury deliberations are complete, the organising committee which includes members of the jury panel will meet to decide on the final ranking based on the results of the jury panel. The organising committee may at all times decide to award a special Prize of the MEDEA Jury in addition to the MEDEA Award itself. This special prize will only be awarded upon the organising committee's own initiative to an approach or production in recognition of exceptional creativity and/or innovation in pedagogic or technical design.
- In recognition of the importance of pedagogical quality, marks for this criterion have a double weight in the final score for each entry.
- Participants can request a summary of the judges' feedback on their entry after the end of June 2020.
- Multimedia productions that were submitted to the MEDEA Awards competition in previous years can be resubmitted if all aforementioned conditions are met.
- All the required materials (signed letter with original signature and 4 copies of a CD-rom/DVD if applicable) have to be sent to arrive at the MEDEA Secretariat before Tuesday 31 January 2020, 12 midnight (CET) via email, fax or post (postmark will be checked).
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