Back to the Future?

Leuven, Belgium   |   20-21 June 2024

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What lies ahead for the Media & Learning community: a return to traditional campus-based learning services, prioritizing quality and embracing gradual innovation? Or will institutions take a leap forward, embracing hybrid and hyflex arrangements that cater to students’ needs through a blend of in-person and online components, eventually transitioning into a fully online service landscape, while harnessing the transformative potential of AI and Immersive Learning technologies?

This is the conundrum facing many centres for teaching and learning, AV support services and anyone who works to bridge the gap in higher education institutions between teaching and learning and media based technologies. This is why the organisers of this year’s conference have chosen the conference is organised under the tagline Back to the Future? as we believe it encapsulates this challenge and helps us to shape an agenda providing plenty of opportunities to discuss the options.

The Media & Learning 2024: Back to the Future? conference will take place from 20 – 21 June 2024 at the Provinciehuis in Leuven. The conference will bring together a vibrant community of educators, researchers, and innovators passionate about leveraging media for enhanced learning experiences. Be prepared for thought-provoking keynotes, interactive workshops, and engaging discussions as we delve into the 14 themes.

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Keynotes

Keynote speakers @ Media & Learning 24

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Piet Desmet,

KU Leuven, Belgium

Going digital. Staying human. Artificial intelligence and other Edtech challenges@KU Leuven

The responsible use of multimedia and educational technology stands as a pivotal strategic imperative within the policy framework of KU Leuven. Under the banner of Going Digital, Staying Human, our institution is steadfastly committed to the seamless integration of technology in learning and assessment, alongside the digital transformation of our educational approach. Within this context, the integration of VR/AR/XR technology into simulation-based education emerges as a prominent focal point of our agenda.

It goes without saying that artificial intelligence represents the technological frontier that currently commands our foremost attention at KU Leuven, particularly in terms of its impact on our educational concept. From a realistic perspective, we explain why AI is crucial in empowering both the learner, the teacher, and the institution. We focus primarily on what AI specifically means for these three key actors in formal education. For the learner, this includes adaptive learning apps, open-ended tasks, and advanced forms of learner support. For the teacher, we address content creation, content recommendation, and classroom monitoring. Regarding the institution, we consider the monitoring of students at risk, student coaching, and the impact on administrative processes. We conclude with some reflections on what's next, in which we pay attention not only to further application possibilities, but also to the valid concerns associated with AI in education (AIED).

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Maarten Lamers,

Leiden University, The Netherlands

When Machines Learn Too... A How and Why of AI

Learning unlocks intelligence. And for as long as we can oversee, learning was something uniquely human, or animal, just as creativity. But machine learning artificial intelligence enables machines to create pictures more realistically than we can, to compose songs in mere seconds, and to write texts about any topic imaginable. So, what is AI really, and broadly, how does it work? What role does machine learning play and are there limitations to its capabilities? In fact, why do we even have AI? Without going into technical depths, Maarten discusses the why and how of machine learning AI, and what it generally can and cannot do.

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Gary Burnett,

Loughborough University, UK

Understanding the power of immersive technologies for enhanced student engagement and learning

Immersive technologies (such as virtual and augmented reality, mixed reality, hologram displays, etc.) have the potential to significantly enhance the engagement and learning of students – providing magical, gamified and memorable experiences that would otherwise be unsafe, impossible or expensive in real-world settings. Nevertheless, there are considerable challenges to maximise the benefits whilst minimising potential drawbacks in educational contexts. Professor Burnett has taught hundreds of students about immersive technology as avatars within fantastical virtual worlds and is also now exploring the use of advanced hologram technology in university environments. In this talk, he will outline the fundamental arguments for immersive technology and describe the research he has conducted in partnership with his students to understand how best to utilise immersion for enhancing and extending learning outcomes.

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Maya Georgieva,

The Quantum Lab at The New School, USA

Understanding the power of immersive technologies for enhanced student engagement and learning

This keynote will explore the future of learning at the dynamic intersection of creativity, technology, and ethics. As we stand on the cusp of a creative renaissance, we will dive into the profound impacts and opportunities presented by new media and emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Extended Reality (XR), and Quantum Computing.

These technologies are not merely tools; they are catalysts for innovation, pushing the boundaries of what it means to learn and create. We will showcase pioneering examples where technology amplifies creativity, fostering a culture of innovation that inspires new models of learning, student engagement, and resilience.

The talk will critically examine the ethical dimensions of integrating these frontier technologies into learning environments. We will discuss the imperative of maintaining privacy, ensuring equitable access, and fostering an inclusive learning atmosphere amidst these technological advances.

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Lizzy Bleumers,  

Thomas More University of Applied Sciences, Belgium

Speakers and moderators

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Anne-Astrid Agten

KU Leuven, Belgium

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Sue Bickerdike

University of Leeds, UK

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Klara Bilić Meštrić

Croatian Academic & Research Network, Croatia

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Kiara Billiau

The Open University, The Netherlands

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Evert Binnard

KU Leuven, Belgium

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Jeroen Bottema

Inholland University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

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Audun Bjerknes

University of Oslo, Norway

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Nevil Bounds

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Jan Alexander Bolding

Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

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Anneleen Cosemans

KU Leuven Belgium

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Jan Petrus Bosman

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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Yentl Croese

Leiden University, The Netherlands

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Serge de Beer

Learning Tour, The Netherlands

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Gregory Fantham

Heriot-Watt University, UK

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Johanna Fenton

University of Leeds, UK

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Sebastian Freisleder

FWU Institut für Film und Bild in Wissenschaft und Unterricht

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Yiannis Georgiou

Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

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Matthew Gilooly

University of Derby, UK

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Mary Godfrey

Harvard University, USA

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Sonia Hetzner

FAU, Germany

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Andrea Camero Jareño

IE University, Spain

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Tatsiana Komissarova

University of Oslo, Norway

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Michael Leroy

TU Dortmund, Germany

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Gabriel Jones

University of Leeds, UK

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Tim Kutter

TrackingMaster, Germany

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Greet Leysens

KU Leuven, Belgium

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Carolien Kampuis

Npuls Program, Surf, The Netherlands

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Vicky Lee

ClickView, Australia

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Gustavo Nogueira de Menezes

University of Jena, Temporality Lab, The Netherlands

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Lucy Kendra

Heriot-Watt Online, UK

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Pien Leeuwenburgh

Leiden University, The Netherlands

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Alexandra Mihai

Maastricht University, The Netherlands

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John Murray

National University of Ireland Galway

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Martin Nosek

Swansea University, UK

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Chahira Nouira

University of Gőttingen, Germany

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Sarah M Oliver

University of Michigan, USA

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Camila Monge Pizarro

Université Ouverte des Humanités, France

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André Rosendaal

University of Groningen, The Netherlands

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Anke Pesch

KU Leuven, Belgium

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Hilmar Salac

Panasonic Connect Europe, Germany

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Nathan Saucier

Leiden University, The Netherlands

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Sebastien Schmitz

IHECS, Belgium

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Dini Sianturi

Université de Strasbourg, France

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Kaat Somers

University Centre Sint-Ignatius Antwerp, Belgium

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Stef Stes

KU Leuven, Belgium

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Tanja Tillmanns

FAU, Germany

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Hans Timmermans

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Markus Tischner

FAU, Germnay

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KU Leuven, Belgium

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Ron van den Berg

Audio XL, The Netherlands

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KU Leuven, Belgium

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Tine Van Lommel

KU Leuven, Belgium

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Michiel van Oosterzee

The Open University, The Netherlands

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Robbe vanden Brande

KU Leuven, Belgium

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Stéphanie Vanneste

Vives, Belgium

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An Verburgh

 UCLL, Belgium

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Linde Voorend

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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John Walker

Surf, The Netherlands

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Thomas Waterzooi

Studio Waterzooi, Belgium

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Ahmed Yousof

East Stroudsburg University, USA

Venue

This year’s Media & Learning Conference is being held in the splendid Provincie Vlaams-Brabant - Provinciehuis.

Provincie Vlaams-Brabant - Provinciehuis is about a 10 minute walk from the train station and an 20 minute walk from the city centre.

Take a look at our suggested accommodations and travel advice. Please note that we have no affiliation with any travel agency should you be contacted to arrange your stay.

Provincie Vlaams-Brabant - Provinciehuis

Provincieplein 1

3010 Leuven

Belgium

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Thanks to our exhibitors and sponsoring members for their continued support.