CADARN Hails Successful First Year at Stakeholder Event

CADARN Launch Event
  • A year of widening access to HE and encouraging production and collaboration in creating OER
  • Project achievements to date and goals for 2016 discussed

The CADARN Learning Portal has hosted a stakeholder event to thank its partners for their contributions to the project so far and to share its milestones and future goals.

The portal, funded by HEFCW, supports and stimulates the production of online and open educational resources across a partnership of Welsh universities. The educational media produced by the partnership are promoted online within a comprehensive database of courses maintained at the Learning Portal to inspire new students from all walks of life into higher education.

Addressing the project’s stakeholders, Elan Closs Stephens CBE, Emeritus Professor of Communications and Creative Industries at Aberystwyth University and National Trustee for Wales of the BBC Trust, explored how our culture is an increasingly visual one and this should be exploited to increase people’s interest in engaging with higher education. She says:

“The project's emphasis on new media and on the visual is exemplary. I look forward to seeing extended use of the CADARN resource by staff, students new to higher education and employers.”

The CADARN Learning Portal project manager, Tom Bartlett, who opened the event, said:

“It’s been quite a year for the project – we have worked closely with our partners to help them produce and share open educational resources through a series of seminars and workshops; launched our online portal; started to reach out to potential students by widening access to higher education; and are now speaking to employers across Wales about linking this effort into showing students how higher education can help them gain access to the career of their choice.”

Nia Parry, TV presenter and teacher who also spoke at the event, covered the impact of higher education in terms of growth:

“It is vitally important that we celebrate successes, share passions and enthusiasm, and develop multi-sensory, multi-platform learning systems which modern day Welsh Universities and higher education establishments, as well as students, can be proud of.”

The CADARN partnership currently includes Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Glyndŵr University, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and The Open University in Wales.

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