Inanimate Alice nominated for Learning on Screen Awards 2008

Alice has been nominated for the British Universities Film & Video Council’s ‘Learning on Screen Awards‘, where it is up against three BBC productions in the ‘general education – interactive productions’ category. No competition there, then! Still, it is very nice to even be mentioned in the same breath as three sites created with such large staff and budgets (compared to Alice, at least). Congratulations to all the Alice team, particularly Jess Laccetti, whose work on the educational package has been crucial to this nomination!

The official announcement is below:

The nominations for the 2008 Learning on Screen Awards, which are organised by the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC), have been agreed by the panel of twelve distinguished judges.

The winners will be announced at the Learning on Screen Awards ceremony on 18 March at the National Science Learning Centre, University of York.

The Learning on Screen Awards celebrate and reward excellence in the use of moving image and related media in learning, teaching and research. The conference and awards marks the 60th anniversary of BUFVC’s foundation promoting the production, study and use of moving image and related media in learning and research.

The Learning on Screen conference is for those developing and using moving image and sound content – so it brings together lecturers, researchers, producers, courseware creators, providers and staff developers. The meeting will offer conference and screening sessions within the main lecture theatre, an exhibition, and parallel screenings of new content in an adjacent lecture theatre.

The Awards nominations are:

GENERAL EDUCATION – Linear and Broadcast Production
• Batty Man (Maroon Productions for Channel 4)
• How Music Works with Howard Goodall – Rhythm (Tiger Aspect Productions for Channel 4)
• ABC Colombia (Les Film d’ici/GA&A for More4)
• Can Gerry Robinson Fix the NHS? (OU/BBC for BBC Two)

GENERAL EDUCATION – Interactive Production
• CBBC Me and My Movie (CBBC/BBC Learning/Bloc Media)
• Inanimate Alice (The BradField Company)
• BBC Blast (BBC)
• BBC History (BBC)

• Flirt English, Episode 2: First Date (Footstep Productions)
• Spare Me the Cutter (Television Roehampton)
• Using a Micropipette (University of Leicester IT Services)

• Long Standing (Lewis Arnold, University of Gloucestershire)
• Sweat Box (Dan Orrells, University of Gloucestershire)
• A Piece of the Continent, a Part of the Main (Stella Papadopoulou, Rebecca Ross, Rohan Mehra, Imperial College London)

The judges decided that their award should go to a production that has a strong impact on its audience but which was made with an limited budget. To this end they considered the following
• You Me and Hep C (Media Services, University of Leeds)
• Making Group Work Work (University of Leeds)
• Using a Micropipette. (University of Leicester IT Services)
• Spare Me the Cutter (Television Roehampton)

The premier presented for an outstanding production that most effectively meets its specified educational objectives.

For more information on Learning on Screen 2008 go to: