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DICA-lab: National contact point for MEDEA Awards

DICA-lab became a “national contact point” (NCP) for the MEDEA Awards. DICA is now part of the European network of national contact points, which consists of all local agents in each European member state helping to promote the MEDEA Awards in their country.

The MEDEA Awards is a competition that was launched in November 2007 with the aim to encourage innovation and good practice in the use of media (audio, video, graphics and animation) in education. The awards also recognise and promote excellence in the production and pedagogical design of media-rich learning resources. Several members of the MEDEA Organising Committee formed a partnership to submit the MEDEA:EU proposal for the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), Key Activity 4 (Dissemination and exploitation of results of the programme) which was approved in 2008.

MEDEA:EU is a European Commission supported project that aims to enhance, strengthen and complement the European dimension of the MEDEA Awards.

One of the aspects of MEDEA:EU is that it elevates the MEDEA Awards to a European-level initiative with clear relevance to Lifelong Learning projects and that it highlights, publicises and promotes excellent examples of media-enhanced learning being made by practitioners in schools, universities, lifelong learning initiatives and other education and training organisations and helps others learn from the experiences of award winners, finalists and high-quality entries. The project thus allows for a transfer of the experience and learning that has taken place within the through several actions designed to enhance and extend the work undertaken up to now. Such endorsement and promotion can significantly raise the status of media-enhanced learning in both the public eye and amongst key stakeholders.

The MEDEA:EU project runs from 01/10/2008 to 31/01/2011.

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