A Review of Our Two December Workshops

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It’s been a busy few weeks for the CADARN production team. Hot on the heels of our first post-production workshop in November, we’ve visited Glyndŵr University another two times to deliver our full set of two production workshops. The first, which was held last week, was our “Production: From Starting Out to Shooting” workshop, and the second, held earlier this week, was a repeat of our “Post Production: From Footage to Final Cut” workshop. These two full-day sessions are designed to be held together, and we were trying this format out for the first time.

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“Post Production: From Footage to Final Cut” workshop review

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CADARN’s first post-production workshop last week was another stride forward for the project. As only the second workshop we have given, it was very much based on the learnings and feedback gleaned from our first workshop back in September 2014. Designed as one of two full-day workshops on video production that we plan to run together at intervals over the coming year, it also follows a format that our September workshop helped us settle on.

Aimed at academics and university staff with little or no experience in video production, the workshop was designed to demystify the post-production process and offer hands-on trainings in two video editing software packages, namely WeVideo and Adobe Premiere Pro. We were very grateful to Glyndŵr University for hosting us this time, making it possible for the 12 people who attended to each have their own computer to work on (in a very pleasant room too).

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Breaking the Barriers Workshop Review

CADARN’s first educational media production workshop last week was a big day for the project. The culmination of weeks of work by our small production team, it went very smoothly and provided us with a great many learnings. By all accounts, it was also a fun and informative day for the 15 people who attended.

Lizi presenting 04/09

The workshop was a great chance for me to put names to faces, as most of those attending were people who have been closely involved with the project since it began. With representatives from all our partner universities, including Aberystwyth, Bangor, Grwp Llandrillo Menai, Glyndwr, and the Open University of Wales, it was a good spread.

We held the workshop in the Aber Academy, next door to the CADARN offices. This made things so much easier for us, considering that this was our first workshop, but it was an early start and a long trek for many of those attending. Next time it will be us making the trek, as we plan to visit all our partner institutions for future workshops (and I’m looking forward to it!).

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Why should I be open?

The best investment we can make is education and that too must be open.

— Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, 16/07/2014

When considering the need for openness in all aspects of information society we must start from the very beginning in both awareness and culture. The open ideal stretches from the creation of a single open educational resource ( OER ) right through to the highest government. The openness of data and content has a comprehensive definition described by OpenDefinition and summarised as;

A piece of data or content is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and/or share-alike.

— http://opendefinition.org/

Those opening up any type of data should only be concerned with the content, just present what you have in a readable form, keep it relevant to your work and make sure it’s all legal both for your and other users protection. How people will find your project or resource depends on what you say about it, the metadata. The value of such data is found in how it is used. To your project this task may be a quick side note but to the next consumer in the information chain, someone that wants an archive of all educational resources in an institution or even country, your meta data is invaluable. They will use your data for their own projects, adding to the collective knowledge.

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