The 2009 Learning On Screen Conference was kindly hosted by the Wellcome Library at the Wellcome Collection in London 7-8th April. The over 125 participants for the Conference, and the Awards ceremony, came from a number of key organisations in the media and education sphere including the BBC, CARET (Centre for Applied research in Educational technologies), JANET (UK), JISC, EDINA, JISC TechDis, The Open University and Channel 4 as well as the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) and Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and nearly three dozen HE and FE institutions. For a full list of the speakers and topics please visit the Conference website (www.bufvc.ac.uk/learningonscreen/) but highlights included papers from the RNID, RNIB and JISC TechDis on technology, access and inclusiveness as well as presentations on emerging technologies such as Dr Mike Wald’s presentation on Synote (to be featured in an article in a forthcoming issue of Viewfinder). At the Learning on Screen 2009 Awards Dinner (evening of 7th April), the BUFVC presented a number of awards which celebrate and reward excellence in the use of moving image, sound and related media in learning, teaching and research. The awards ceremony was preceded by an after-dinner speech by Peter White MBE, BBC's disability correspondent who also opened the conference earlier in the day.
General Education: Broadcast, Non-broadcast and Web delivery
This category is for content delivered as general factual and documentary production that is judged to be valuable for use in learning either formally or informally. Such content may be broad and intended to enrich learner understanding – particularly in the context of life-long learning. Alternatively it might be content suitable for exploration and use by those with a specialist interest or ‘need to know’. Broadcast
The Award for Broadcast production went to JAMES MAY’S BIG IDEAS (The Open University/BBC Vision). The runners up were: OSAMA BIN EVERYWHERE (Channel 4/Menthol TV) and YEAR DOT (Channel 4 / SO Television).
The winner was SELECTION CENTRES FOR SPECIALTY TRAINING (e.media/University of Southampton) and the runners up were: DENTAL ANAESTHETICS IN PORTSMOUTH (eLearning Media Production/University of Portsmouth), MATHS MATTERS IN COMPUTING (University of Leeds) and PEOPLE OF THE GREAT WAR (Graham English & Co for Imperial War Museum).
The award was given to TAKING LIBERTIES (GR/DD and Delta Interactive for The British Library) and the others that made the shortlist were: AUSTRALIAN SCREEN ONLINE (National Film and Sound Archive, Australia), ART AND LIFE IN ANCIENT EGYPT (CPLD for The Open University). LANDSCAPE UNLOCKED (BBC Northern Ireland Learning) was given a Special Mention.
Courseware and Curriculum
This category is intended for content created for use among specific target groups of students who need to obtain particular knowledge and skills or who are at a specific stage in a course of learning. It may be aimed at target audiences ranging from adult students in university settings to school pupils or trainees in any field. The overall winner was LIVING POLITICAL IDEAS (The Open University/Nomad Productions/186 Media/Angel Eye Media) while the Special Jury Award was given to BOW STREET RUNNER (Littleloud for Channel 4). The runners up were YOU’VE GOT THE POWER (Radley Yeldar / EdComs for UK Parliament) and HÁROM GYERMEK, HÁROM SORS [THREE CHILDREN, THREE DESTINIES] (The Open University with the Hunnia Filmstudio Budapest).
These awards are for outstanding productions, on any theme, made by students as part of a course or training activity. The productions offered may be linear drama, non-fiction, advertising or animation films – or they may be non-linear interactive works of any sort. The winner in the postgraduate category was SPILT MILK (Aneil Karia/ National Film and Television School) while the runners up were STAND UP (Joseph Pierce and Jessica Levick/National Film and Television School), BEES ON THEIR KNEES? (Simon Essex/Bournemouth University) and ONCE WE HAD A ROCKET (Joe Myerscough and Mathew Stracey/Imperial College London). The winner in the Undergraduate category was AT SEA (Carly Barrett/University of Gloucestershire); runners up included DANCING SHOES (Lucy Lund and Will Howden/University of Gloucestershire).
For an outstanding production that most effectively meets its specified educational objectives, the Premier Award this year was given to TAKING LIBERTIES (GR/DD and Delta Interactive for The British Library).