Flying Start is a collaborative project between over 40 Schools or departments at the University of Leeds (UK) created in 2012. It consists of a website with student and staff videos, interactive activities as well as social media channels, where information to help new undergraduate students manage the challenging transition from school or college to university education is uploaded in stages. The aim of the resource is to help students gain a clear understanding of the importance of academic skills so they arrive at Leeds prepared for study.
MEDEA Award for User-Generated Educational Media
The MEDEA Award for User-Generated Educational Media 2016 honours the best entry submitted by teachers, students, learners, parents, professors, individual or organisational representatives in primary education, secondary education, higher education, adult education, vocational education and/or training.
This award is open to anyone participating in the MEDEA Awards 2016. In the submission form, participants can indicate if they are submitting user-generated or professionally produced educational media. Prizes will include a MEDEA Statuette as well as equipment and/or software, details to be announced later.
Greek entry And the Oscar goes to ... won this award in 2012. Made by the 5th Primary School of Alexandroupolis in Greece and the Ecole Primaire de Rolampont in France, this e-twinning project incorporates the way storytelling is used in movies in everyday teaching practice for subjects such as language learning, mathematics, social and science studies, art, English, ICT, as well as for learning attitudes like how to handle bullying.
The winner of the 2011 MEDEA Award for User-Generated Educational Media sponsored by Adobe was ‘The Merchant of Venice’ created by Prof Uwe Gutwirth, University of Education Salzburg (PH-Salzburg) in Austria. This multi-user game is aimed at Accounting students who play Venetian merchants in the 15th Century who have to earn money by trading with foreign countries and investing their profit in real estate, meanwhile practising their accounting skills such as double-entry bookkeeping. Prof Gutwirth received a MEDEA Statuette as well as an Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5 Licence, sponsored by Adobe.
The winner of the MEDEA Award for User-Generated Educational Media 2010 sponsored by SMART was Et si c'était toi?, submitted by the Lycée Technique du Centre in Luxembourg and represented by Laurence Streitz. This 4-minute film was produced by 17 to 18-year old students of the secondary school Lycée Technique du Centre in Luxembourg and deals with bullying and domestic violence.