Frequently Asked Questions

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It's a great way to give something back and inspire potential new students into Higher Education. Wales has signed a declaration of intent saying so. Find out more from OER WALES.

XCRI-CAP is an XML format for presenting course advertising information to 3rd parties outside of educational institutions. Details and examples can be found at At the CADARN Learning Portal we use XCRI-CAP XML to gather course information from our partners and other interested parties. Any submissions of course data would be in this open XML format.

Openness is a spectrum and an ideal. Ideally, being 'open' in the sense of an OER or Open Education means making your educational content and media freely available - free as in no cost and free as in your audience can use it how they like. It would also usually mean open in the sense of not having a restricted audience.

However, there are many degrees along the scale from closed to completely open. The organisation Creative Commons have written some very useful licenses for open content that embody some of the positions along this scale. 

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are an effective teaching tool. By making your resource open, you are giving something back to the community and the world. Once out in the world, it may inspire new students into higher education, into your university and your classroom. Current students are multi-media savvy. OER's allow you to meet them on their terms.


WeVideo is a cloud based video editor. We have integrated it into the Learning Portal. It is an ideal tool to begin video editing. If you are registered with us as a member of teaching staff, you will have access to a full account. More details can be found in the WeVideo section of Production

Making a video can be as easy as picking up your phone and shooting a clip of what's happening in front of you. Or it can be as complicated as making a feature film with a full-blown script, a cast and crew, and months of production time. Because CADARN supports academics and university staff who may have never made a video before, the level of video we're aiming at is relatively simple. But simple does not have to mean "low quality". And high quality does not always have to be difficult and time-consuming to achieve (although some degree of effort and time is required).

To find out more, please visit our Principles of Production page. Another resource you may find useful is this collection of recordings from our workshops.

Educational media could come in any “medium”, from a written article to an interactive webpage to a film. However, when we talk about “media-rich” education, we usually mean education that is enriched with content in the form of images, audio, and video. Given our production team’s background in video and animation, we feel most qualified to offer support in the area of video rather than anything else. Also, because video is about more than moving pictures, it is a very rich and inclusive medium.

Making a video requires planning and writing skills, and brings in the elements of design, sound, music, and animation, as well as both still and moving images. This means that the principles that apply to this one area also apply to many others. As such, we believe that our focus on video is not a limiting one.

If your institution has equipment supplied by the Cadarn Learning Portal, you will find details within our equipment pages about how to access it. It is intended that any teaching staff may use the equipment to make educational media without charge.


Badges are the recognition for being a part of the CADARN Learning Portal. They represent what you have done on this website and with the project members.

The Badges are as follows:

  • CADARN Team Member - I am a member of the CADARN Learning Portal team.
  • Workshop Attendee - I attended a workshop training session with the production team from the CADARN Learning Portal
  • CADARN Contributor - I have contributed content to the CADARN Learning Portal
  • CADARN Collaborator - I have collaborated with the CADARN Learning Portal
  • CADARN Training : Basic - I have achieved a basic level understanding of resource production.
  • CADARN Training : Medium - I have achieved a medium level of understanding of resource production.
  • CADARN Training : Advanced - I have achieved an advanced level of understanding of resource production.

Please use our contact form or team pages. We look forward to hearing from you.

The CADARN Learning Portal offers several services. We provide a database of courses and educational media with which can be used by vistors to get a taste of higher education or teaching staff to find useful resources. Anyone is free to browse this database. We provide advice and guidance to teaching staff on how to go about making resources to our partner organisations directly and to the world via the website. If you would like our input, please contact your institutions CADARN Learning Portal contact. If your institution is not represented we would be pleased to discuss it with you, please contact Tom Bartlett, Project Manager at

The CADARN Learning Portal is all about encouraging and supporting teaching staff to create educational media and then putting it online to inspire new students into higher education. You can read more in our about section 

Website Usage


Most YouTube URLs fall into one of two categories, those that are individual videos and those from within playlists;


(1.) will add the YouTube video to the resource as a single video. (2.) will add the video just fine, but display as a playlist. Removing the &list=PL9UY0P0AQKI5y-ZQHxK2aC7R30wJfxA7m part of the URL will correctly add the video individually.

Video & Audio Files / Thumbnails

These types of resource will have a default thumbnail presented to a user, unless you add a preview image to the resource. This file will not apply to video sources that are streams from another streaming website such as YouTube or Vimeo. To set this please look at the settings in your preferred manager;

Your account details can be accessed via your member page once logged in. With correct access rights you can make proposals for changes to information, add resources and schemes, amend personal information and access other site features. For non-institution members, you can set your location for use when finding courses.



All content added to the site is is only visible to the public after approval within an editorial process by nominated registrars within each institution. Any content created will only be viewable to yourself and those within your institution, until approved to be published.

To gain access contact the relevant persons within your institution or contact us for details.

Thanks for noticing. Please use the contact form and select "Errors with the site" category detailing what is wrong and the URL and we will investigate immediately. 

In order to provide a service to find your nearest courses we use your GPS location if available, to do distance calculations and show you where you are in relation to the schemes offered. If you refuse this an approximation is used based in your IP address, this is often close to you but is not accurate. This information is not saved locally and is not and cannot be used to track or identify you. 

If you are not a partner with the CADARN Learning Portal you should contact Tom Bartlett. If you are one of our partners plase contact the referenced person on the about page.

Yn gyntaf, rhaid i unrhyw adnodd y cyfeirir ati fod ar gael ar y rhyngrwyd gyhoeddus ag URL hygyrch; ddylai hyn ddim bod y tu ôl i unrhyw system rheoli mynediad fel Blackboard neu Moodle. Pan fyddwch wedi cwblhau’r manylion am yr adnodd a’ch sefydliad wedi’u derbyn, yna gellir cyfeirio’r adnodd at gynllun astudio.

The CADARN Learning Portal does not usually host resources but references them and embeds them. Furthermore, the resources we link to are usually 'tasters' of what you might find on a course at a Welsh University. If you are a registered staff user on the site, you are able to propose inclusions on the portal. If you are not a registered staff user but wish to be, please contact your institutions CADARN Learning Portal contact point. These contact details can be found on our team page.

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