MEDEAnet aims to promote media-based learning to organisations and practitioners through local training and networking events, online resources and knowledge sharing. MEDEAnet will also exploit best practices of the annual competition MEDEA Awards and extend its existing informal network and support the MEDEA Foundation, a membership organisation that ensures the sustainability of the MEDEA Awards.
The MEDEAnet Consortium aims to extend the reach of the informal network of organisations and practitioners linked to the annual MEDEA Awards, a free-to-enter annual European competition that rewards excellence in the use of media to support learning in all sectors since 2008, by providing opportunities for local events linked to the MEDEA Awards and to involve not only early adopters, but also mainstream practitioners in networking opportunities.
MEDEAnet will also support the MEDEA Foundation, a legally constituted membership organisation that is being established in 2012 by the European Commission-funded MEDEA2020 project, and provide a bridge to this foundation by identifying potential members and supporting the recruitment of European practitioners and stakeholders to take up the services and opportunities for partnership offered by the foundation. Through the MEDEAnet partners this network will reach teachers and trainers who are less skilled and motivated to use media-based learning approaches.
In this way, this 3-year networking project will directly address the priority of promoting digital competence in terms of media familiarity and skill as a key transversal competence for life and employability amongst European-wide stakeholders' communities. MEDEAnet partners will:
- organise workshops in its 7 partner countries sharing best practice with the input of MEDEA Awards’ winners and finalists
- provide a 12-part series of public webinars on related topics
- publish an annual report on media literacy, skills in educational media production and the use of media-based teaching resources
- promote knowledge building and sharing amongst practitioners
- roll-out a large-scale dissemination and exploitation strategy on media and learning
MEDEAnet is a 3-year network project funded under KA3 of the Lifelong Learning Programme, running from January 2012 to December 2014.