Sharing Experience from the Medea Awards

Philip Patrick Penny

 IADT, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology

In recent years there has been remarkable interest in the creation and use of digital video and audio in education, boosted by the increasing impact of multimedia and video based web sites and applications on the Internet and mobile devices. The pedagogical vision is clear: it is only when video and audio are routine components of education and online learning that we will have an educational environment that reflects the media-rich world in which our learners now live. In the proposed poster presentation I will provide background information to the Medea Awards scheme and show several of the winning entries on http://www.medea-awards.com/
The aim of the MEDEA Awards is to encourage innovation and good practice in the use of media (audio, video, graphics and animation) in education. Part of what MEDEA does is to help define what constitutes excellence in the use of media to support learning and all entries are judged according to the following categories:
•                  Pedagogical Quality: this includes the didactical quality, the quality of the expected learning, is the learning objective clear and well addressed, is there some form of learning effectiveness assessment embedded?
•                  Use of Media: for example, are images, graphics, sound, animation used appropriately and in an exemplary fashion.
•                  Aesthetic Quality: Is it attractive? Is the style and design consistent and appropriate for the age and nature of the targeted learners?
•                  Technical Quality: Is everything working as expected, is technical assistance required? Is the application working smoothly?
•                  Usability: For example: is this easy to use? Are appropriate guidelines, instructions or manuals provided or when not, can the learner or teacher can use it intuitively, without need for introductions, manuals or guidelines?

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